Animal-Proof Fall Bulbs
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Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis)
Snowdrops often pop through a crust of snow in late winter or very early spring, and they're lovely in woodland gardens or planted around deciduous trees and shrubs. The leaves and bulbs contain poisonous alkaloids, which deter many hungry pests--but beware: Galanthus can also be toxic to your pets, so be careful where you grow them.
Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa)
Snake's Head (Fritillaria meleagris)
While no bulb is entirely deer-proof, hyacinths aren't their favorite foods. And there are a few things gardeners can do to make their bulbs even less desirable to animals; for example, you can place a layer of chicken wire over your bulbs and top it with mulch. If you're worried about rodents tunneling in from the side, rather than the top of your garden bed, encase the bulbs in a wire cage. Digging some sharp-edged gravel or grit into the soil can also help. Adding bone meal to your bulb bed isn't recommended anymore, as it can attract pests and dogs.