Japanese beetles

(Question)

Last year I had a lot of trouble with Japanese beetles.  I have some large ornamental cherries in my yard which I think attract them and they were eating all my roses.  This year I am going to take out all my roses. Can you please recommend some plants that Japanese beetles do not eat.

(Answer)

Adult Japanese beetles do not like to feed on ageratum, arborvitae, ash, baby’s breath, garden balsam, begonia, bleeding heart, boxwood, buttercups, caladium, carnations, Chinese lantern plant, cockscomb, columbine, coralbells, coralberry, coreopsis, cornflower, daisies, dogwood (flowering), dusty-miller, euonymus, false cypresses, firs, forget-me-not, forsythia, foxglove, hemlock, hollies, hydrangeas, junipers, kale (ornamental), lilacs, lilies, magnolias, maple (red or silver only), mulberry, nasturtium, oaks (red and white only), pines, poppies, snapdragon, snowberry, speedwell, sweet pea, sweet-William, tuliptree, violets and pansy, or yews.

For further reading on how to control Japanese beetles see the following post at:

https://www.torontomastergardeners.ca/index.php/askagardener/japanese-beetles/