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.
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.
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.
Click the bright blue headline above to go to a whole page about annual plants deer do not enjoy eating.
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' 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:
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.
'Jackmanii' - Purple
'Nelly Moser' - Pink stripes
'Ernest Markham' - Red
'Niobe' - Red
Clematis vitalba - White
Clematis armandii - White
'Sweet Autumn' -White, fragrant
Wisteria, Black Dragon
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Hens and Chicks
Low Price on Adam's Needle Yucca Plants
Yucca - Color Guard
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'.
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 double white flowers of Spirea 'Bridal Wreath' turn the lax branches into a 6 foot white waterfall each spring.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 'Paprika' 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:
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.
Bobbex is my pick for best deer repellant.