Deer Resistant Annuals

Deer resistant annuals that are easy to grow. A list of ornamental deer proof plants. What makes a plant deer repellent. Plants deer will not eat. Annuals deer avoid.



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To say that a plant is deer proof is a bit of an overstatement. A starving deer will eat any plant material available to it. Deer repellent plants is more accurate.

So, What Makes Deer Hate These Plants?

These are plants that have rough, bitter or toxic foliage, or they may have a pungent odor that deer do not like.

There are many more deer resistant plants than those listed on this page. This list is only meant to help you get your deer proof garden started. As you add new plants to your landscape, look for those with the qualities listed above.

You will inevitably fall in love with a plant that the local deer adore as well. In this instance, use one of the deer repellant sprays offered here to protect your investment.


List of Deer Resistant Plants

These are deer resistant annual flowers--annuals deer do not like to eat.

Vinca Periwinkle Plant Info

Merry Go Round Red vinca.
Red Vinca Seeds, 1 pkt. icon
Vinca Merry Go Round White.
Vinca, Cooler Mix Seeds, 1 pkt. icon
Trailing vinca, peach.
Vinca, Arizona Mix Seeds, 1 pkt. icon

The periwinkle plant, Catharanthus roseus looks much like an impatiens (another deer proof plant), but unlike the shade-loving Busy Lizzy, Madagascar periwinkle thrives in full sun locations.

Both annual and perennial periwinkles are deer resistant.

Senecio cineraria Growing Info

Dusty Miller 'Silver Lace'

Dusty Miller, Silver Lace 1 Pkt. (100 seeds)

Celosia Glowing Spreas Mix
Celosia, Kurume Corona 1 Pkt. (15 seeds)
Cosmos Sonata Mix
Cosmos, Sonata Mix 1 packet (1/2 gram)

Senecio cineraria is the Dusty Miller plant so often used in spring landscaping projects. Other names for it include, Silver Ragwort, Silver Dust and Silver Brocade. The names refer to the attractive gray to white color of the plant’s fuzzy leaves.

Celosia is an unusual cutting flower that will make your arrangements and your garden beds pop!

Cosmos is a cottage garden flower that also lasts for days when cut and works well in informal arrangements.


How to Grow Sweet Alyssum

Carpet of Snow alyssum

Alyssum, Carpet Of Snow 15' Seed Tape

Royal Carpet alyssum

Purple Alyssum, 1 Pkt. (1000 seeds)

Alyssum Mulberry Mix
Alyssum, Mulberry Mix 1 Pkt. (400 seeds)

The honey-scented blooms of sweet alyssum appear in great profusion on the 3-8 inch tall annual. The plant displays a creeping growth habit which makes it especially lovely when planted around the edge of a hanging basket or color bowl.


How to Grow Sunflowers

Decorative Mix Sunflower seeds.

Cheapest Sunflower Seed Mix

Sunny Bunch sunflowers
Sunflower, Sunny Bunch 1 Pkt. (30 seeds)
Sunflower, Coconut Ice Hybrid 1 Pkt. (25 Seeds)

Sunflowers are available in an amazing array of colors and heights. Their cheerful blooms will delight you all summer long. Their coarse leaves will disgust the local deer.


Growing Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun'

'Irish Eyes' Rudbeckia

Best Price on Rudbeckia, Irish Eyes

'Cherry Brandy' Rudbeckia
Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy
'Cherokee Sunset' Rudbeckia
Rudbeckia, Cherokee Sunset

Rudbeckia Prairie Sun is a member of the Rudbeckia hirta clan which are annual Black Eyed Susan flowers. (Rudbeckia fulgida encompasses the perennial types.)

'Irish Eyes' is essentially the same plant as 'Prairie Sun' but sells for much less.

All Coneflowers are deer resistant once they mature and their leaves become rough.


Other Deer Resistant Annuals

4 O'Clock plant in my back yard.

Growing Four O'Clock Flowers

Growing Coleus

Pink wax Begonias.

Wax Begonia Care Tips

Deer do not like Four o'clocks but I sure do! Mirabilis jalapa blooms in several glowing shades that are certain to please you while annoying the neighborhood deer.

These sweetly scented deer resistant annuals open their flowers in late afternoon and close them early the following morning.

To adorn shady areas, plant swathes of wax Begonias or Coleus plants.


Deer Proof Your Garden!

Natural Deer & Rabbit Spray 32 oz.

Deer Repellent: Deerbusters Deer I Repellent 32 oz Concentrate
Bobbex Deer Repellent 32oz. RTU



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