Slugs and Snails - the gardener's nightmare

If left unchecked these small and inconspicuous creatures can ruin your garden. You can fight them with slug pellets or Nemaslug but it's well worth trying to make your garden less attractive to them - prevent rather rather than cure.

Slugs are extremely voracious, they have their favourite plants but there are some that they will avoid.

Their typical menu includes:

  • Tagetes
  • Salvia
  • Calendula
  • Helianthus
  • Matthiola
  • Mint
  • Campanula
  • Lupinus
  • Delphinium
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Hosta
  • Viola

So if you have any of the above plants in your garden and enjoy their healthy (not eaten) look, it would be good idea to surround them with:

  • Lavendula
  • Allium
  • Santolina
  • Alchemilla
  • Aquilegia
  • Astible
  • Pulmonaria
  • Heuchera
  • Helleborus
  • Vinca

These plants will create barrier as slugs and snails really don’t like to be anywhere close to them.

There is also a group of plants which we can call “slug and snail safe” - these plants neither deter our enemies but they do not attract them either:

  • Dianthus
  • Paeonia
  • Gypsophila
  • Phlox
  • Saxifraga
  • Euphrobia
  • Geranium
  • Ferns

We hope these tips will help you enjoy your healthy garden during warm spring and summer days.

If you need any advice please do not hesitate to contact a member of our garden maintenance team.