Shrubs rabbits don't like?!
We bought this house just outside of Milwaukee last June. I believe the previous homeowners spruced up the landscaping just prior to putting it on the market, as some of the shrubs looked very young.
Today I was outside and noticed that all four spyrea shrubs they had planted have been really badly damaged by rabbits eating them. They've been gnawed to stumps.
What shrubs work well for this area that rabbits don't like?
I do want a dogwood shrub (white-rimmed green leaves, red twigs in winter) to replace the rhododendron that isn't thriving; I also plan on keeping the boxwoods as they fared the winter well and the rabbits I suppose weren't interested in them. Will the rabbits eat the dogwood?
I'd like some more shrub recommendations, something that stays compact, maybe about 18"-24", and I'd love some purple- or red-leafed recommendations in addition to something in the same bright green the spyreas were.
The area is in front of an east-facing home and so does not get sun in the afternoon or evenings but does get sun in the morning.