Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:30
In my experience there's not much they won't try unfortunately, and strangely holly holds no fear for them. I've seen holly bushes decimated unless they're protected initially. The only way is to fully protect any new shrubs you plant until they're established enough to be able to withstand some nibbling. Lots of damage is done by youngsters so keep protection on till they're big enough to keep clear of certain things they find unpalatable. They don't touch daffs and snowdrops and I found Pieris was often left alone. I had Acers, Berberis, Junipers, Honeysuckle and Clematis with no problem once they were mature, and Schizostylus (Kaffir lily) Lady's Mantle, Lilies, Phormiums, Potentillas and Loosestrife were left alone even as younger plants. Perennials are tricky because they just go for the new growth as soon as it appears. We had little Welsh poppies which they seemed to leave alone too. High raised beds with no means for them to jump up are the best solution if you want some nice flowers. Good luck!