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Native plants to keep cats out

21 Aug 2018 9:01 AM | HEATHER MILES (Administrator)

A reader recently asked for plants to discourage cats from entering the garden. Here are the plants suggested by our panel of experts that are thought to be cat repellent, due to the smell of their foliage i.e. attractive to humans but not to animals. The reader's plants needed to thrive in tough conditions being southerly facing and sandy soil. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Try the mint bushes e.g. Prostanthera ovalifolia, and other species of mint bush that would be suitable for your area, and maybe available for sale.
  • Others with fragrant foliage to consider include:
    • Darwinia citriodora, Lemon-scented Myrtle
    • Philotheca myoporoides, Long-leaved Wax Flower
    • Crowea exalata
    • Mentha australis, Native mint
    • Zieria cytisoides, Downy Zieria
The plant shown here is Philotheca.

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