Deer Resistant Plants, Flowers, Shrubs & Herbs

A list of deer resistant plants and flowers. Protect your garden from destruction by planting deer repellant annuals and perennials. About deer proof plants, shrubs and herbs these adorable pests will not eat.



Deer scultpture in a woodland.

This is the only kind of deer you want visiting your garden.

About Deer Proof Plants

Unfortunately, no such plant exists. Deer proof plants are simply plants deer do not like to eat. A hungry deer will scarf down any plant material available to it.

But deer have taste buds like everyone else.

They prefer certain plants and dislike others.


Characteristics of a Deer
Resistant Plant

'PowWow Wild Berry' Coneflower

Buy Coneflower, PowWow Wild Berry

Delphinium 'Guardian Blue'
Delphinium, Guardian Blue, 1¢ Sale
Belgian Orange Padre mums in a clay pot.
Mum, Belgian Orange Padre, Best Price

When shopping for deer resistant flowers and plants, look for plants with rough, coarse, or hairy foliage. Deer do not like to chew on rough leaves.

Also, plants whose leaves emit a strong odor when crushed (like marigolds) will most likely repel deer.


Deer Resistant Annuals

Rudbeckia 'Cherokee Sunset'

Rudbeckia, Cherokee Sunset, 1¢ Sale

'Kelvin Floodlight' Dahlias
Dahlia, Kelvin Floodlight
Decorative Mix Sunflowers

Cheapest Sunflower Seed Mix

Click the bright blue headline above to go to a whole page about annual plants deer do not enjoy eating.


Perennial Coneflowers

Black Eyed Susans
Buy Black Eyed Susans
'Hot Lava' Coneflowers
Order Coneflower, Hot Lava
Coneflower 'PowWow White'
Order Coneflower, PowWow White

Coneflowers. Growing perennial coneflower plants. Purple, green and prairie coneflower. Coneflower seeds.

Coneflowers (Rudbeckia and Echinacea species) are some of the easiest to grow deer resistant landscape plants. Use them as deer proof shade plants at the edge of a woodland garden.

Rudbeckia Goldsturm

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is the most popular black eyed Susan perennial growing in the U.S. today.

All the Rudbeckias, not just this variety, are deer resistant plants.

The links below lead to pages of growing info for the various types:

Double Coneflowers

Green Coneflowers

Orange Varieties

E. 'Ruby Star'

Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun'

E. 'Harvest Moon'

Echinacea purpurea

Clematis Vines

Clematis tangutica

Buy Clematis tangutica

Clematis 'Blue Light'
Buy Clematis, Blue Light
Clematis jackmanii
Buy Clematis, Jackmanii

The links below will take you to pages of growing information about the best native, small-flowered Clematis plants and large-flowered Clematis hybrids for ornamental gardening.

Large

'Jackmanii' - Purple

'Nelly Moser' - Pink stripes

'Ernest Markham' - Red

'Niobe' - Red

Small

Clematis vitalba - White

Clematis armandii - White

'Sweet Autumn' -White, fragrant

Wisteria

Wisteria, Black Dragon

Wisteria Tree, Cascading

Chinese Wisteria

All species of Wisteria repel deer.  That they do so while also attracting butterflies and hummingbirds is an added bonus.  If you can bear to cut them, their fragrant flower clusters will add a touch of romance to your indoor arrangements.


Cranesbill Geraniums

Hardy blue Geranium

Geranium, Hardy Blue, 1¢ Sale

Hardy Pink Geranium

Geranium, Hardy Pink

The Cranesbill Geranium is a true Geranium unlike most of the plants which are called by this name but are actually of the genus Pelargonium.

Hardy Geraniums are deer resistant perennial plants for sunny or shady gardens.


Dianthus Flowers

Dianthus Raspberry Swirl
Buy Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'
'Frosty Fire' Dianthus
Buy Dianthus, Frosty Fire
A colorful mixture of carnations.
Buy Carnations, Mixed

Annual and perennial Dianthus flowers will add fragrance and beauty to your garden. Pinks and Sweet Williams are all deer resistant shade plants.

Growing instructions for Pinks:

Growing Carnations

Annual China Pinks

Cheddar Pinks

Maiden Pinks

Peony

Peony 'Charles Burgess'
Buy Peony, Charles Burgess
Double white peony flower.
Cheap Peony, Double White
'Celebrity' Peony
Buy Peony, Celebrity

These are long-lived deer resistant plants that will produce plate-sized, fragrant blooms for you each summer for years to come. The flowers also hold up beautifully in arrangements.

The fern peony or double fern leaf peony, Paeonia tenuifolia 'Rubra Plena', is a perennial Japanese peony with thin, bright green foliage and lipstick red spring blooms.


Deer Resistant Perennials

'Candy Mountain' Foxgloves
Buy the 1st Upward Facing Foxglove, Candy Mountain
New Bi-color Butterfly Bush
New Bi-Color Butterfly Bush,
New 'La Belle' Bellflower
New Bellflower, La Belle

Digitalis and Buddleia are tall deer resistant plants you can use to illuminate the back of your flower borders. Both will attract beneficial insects.

The elegant flowers of Campanula persicifolia 'La Belle' look fantastic in arrangements and last for ages when cut.

Other deer resistant plants for the perennial garden:

Lily of the Nile

Astilbe

Bishop's Weed

Canna

Hens and Chicks

Lady's Mantle

Pampas Grass

Primula

Sensitive Fern

Verbena

Liatris

Bleeding Heart

Ajuga reptans

California Poppy

Holly Fern

Lantana

Ostrich Fern

Red Hot Poker

Stoke's Aster

Jasminum nudiflorum

Cinnamon fern

Candytuft

Colocasia esculenta

Goldenrod

Japanese Painted Fern

Royal Fern

Sneezeweed

Threadleaf Coreopsis

Fountain Grass

Yucca Plants

Adam's Needle Yucca
Low Price on Adam's Needle Yucca Plants
'Color Guard' Yucca

Yucca - Color Guard
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Yucca rostrata in bloom.
Beaked Yucca - Medium Palm Tree
from: Real Palm Trees

Is it a palm or a cactus?

Some Yucca plants are trunk-forming and, as they age, can reach palm-like heights. Their foliage is also more similar to a palm frond than a leaf.

Like cacti--which,by the way, is another group of plants deer do not like to munch on--Yuccas are water thrifty and rugged. The leaf tips of most species are sharp as cactus needles. In fact, the tough, pointy leaves are what protect them from predation by deer and lots of other critters.

Despite these similarities to palm trees and cacti, most Yuccas are perennial plants.

Yucca brevifolia is the Joshua Tree native to the Mojave Desert. This species requires specific growing conditions in order to thrive.

Yucca rostrata, the Blue Beaked Yucca, is much more adaptable. Its glaucous foliage makes it especially garden worthy.

The Yucca fillamentosa species contains several ornamental plants including the variegated cultivars 'Color Guard' and 'Bright Edge'.

Beautiful Deer Repellant Shrubs

A low hedge of red bayberry.
Best Price on Barberry, Red
Bridal White Spirea
Spirea, Bridal White 10-15"
Beautyberry Bush
Cheap Beautyberry Bushes

Here are three shrubs which will bring welcome color to the garden.

The thorny stems of barberries will discourage your furry friends from pruning them for you.

The white flowers of Spirea vanhoutii turn the lax branches into a 6 foot white waterfall each summer.

Callicarpa americana is an upright-growing, vase-shaped shrub which produces delicate pink blossoms in the spring and brilliant purple berries in fall. Yes, they are the exact shade you see in the image above. I have three bushes of American Beautyberry in my front yard.

Buxus

Hardy box shaped into decorative globes.
Buy Hardy Boxwood Plants


Green Velvet Boxwood

from: Fast Growing Trees Nursery


American Boxwood

from: Fast Growing Trees Nursery

For clipped hedges or topiaries, small-leaved, slow-growing box can't be beat. Plant one of the larger varieties and shear it into a deer topiary just for fun.

Holly

'Sky Pencil' Holly
Order Holly, Sky Pencil
Red Beauty Holly Tree
Order Holly, Red Beauty
'China Doll' Holly
Holly Collection, Christmas 5 female/1 male

The Ilex family is large and varied. There are at least 400 species and many more hybrids. These range in size from tiny dwarfs to stately trees.

Not all are equally deer proof.

In addition to the types for sale above, the most resistant types are: Ilex verticillata, the 'Lydia Morris' Holly, 'John T. Morris' Holly,
Ilex glabra, Ilex aquifolium, Ilex x aquipernyi, Ilex cornuta, and the American Holly.


Other Deer Resistant Shrubs:

Rose of Sharon

Viburnum

Lilac

Butterfly Bushes

Weigela

Cornus alba

Ligustrum

Beebalm

Spruce

Spicebush

Smokebush

Gold Dust Bush

Witchhazel

Hollywood Juniper

Deer Resistant Plants to Use as Groundcovers

Carefree Cotoneaster groundcover.
Carefree Cotoneaster Groundcover
Cotoneaster 'Royal Beauty'
Cotoneaster - Royal Beauty
from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Cotoneaster - Tom Thumb Creeping

from: Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.

Cotoneasters deck themselves with tiny, white blossoms (the flowers of 'Tom Thumb' are pinkish) each spring and festive, red berries each winter.

The varieties offered here are low-growing, spreading types useful for covering bare earth in foliage or for filling gaps in your beds and borders.


Deer Resistant Plants
for the Herb Garden

Sweet basil in flower.
Sweet Basil Seeds at a Sweet Price!
'Strawberry Seduction' Yarrow
Achillea Plants, Strawberry Seduction
The herb dill.
Dill Seeds at a Price You Can Savor!

Sweet Basil is one of those rare herbs that looses much of its mojo when dried. If you love the aroma and summery flavor of basil as I do, you've got to keep a plant growing year round.

Dill is as easy to raise from seed as basil and is a must have for fish lovers.

Now, I will admit that 'Strawberry Seduction' is not the type of yarrow that is most often used medicinally. The medincinal form bears white flowers. The plant offered here is a hybrid. This does not mean you can't use it in the same ways you would Achillea millefolium, just that it may not be as potent.

In my own garden, I will often substitute an ornamental form for the medicinal form of a plant just because the ornamental cultivars are so much prettier.

The ornamental form of an herb will be just as safe to use as the medicinal form as long as it is indeed the same species.

Other deer resistant plants for the herb garden:

Anise

Sage

Scented Geraniums

Mint

Nasturtium

Savory

Borage

Hyssop

Feverfew

Horseradish

Parsley

Rosemary

Rue

Lavender

Catmint

Tansy

Lemon Balm

Marjoram

Oregano

Tarragon

Thyme

Deer Proof Your Garden!

Natural Deer & Rabbit Spray 32 oz.

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

If you live in deer territory, it is inevitable that you will fall in love with a plant that is not deer resistant.

Such is the way of the gardening world.

Those of us who dwell in the temperate zone, want to grow tropical plants. Tropical gardeners long to raise fruits and flowers which require a lengthy cold spell. We're a contrary lot.

When this happens, you will need a way to keep the furry fiends away from your new baby.

These are my picks for best deer repellants.



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