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Gardening with Deer


can be extremely frustrating. Plans and dreams of a lush garden are leveled overnight when hungry maruaders dressed as four-legged browsers pay a visit. What's a gardener to do short of fencing the entire perimeter? Many of the plants we grow are chosen specifically for their distatefulness to deer. Not to say that they will never get eaten, but starting with plants that deer tend to avoid is your best bet. The caveat: deer and their preferences are extremely regional. What works in one place may not work in another and vice versa. Keep in mind that if you are growing plants that are tasty to humans, they will very likely be tasty to deer as well. You will need to keep those protected with a barrier of some sort, such as a small, temporary fence, which could be little more than fencing wire in a circle around your plot. However, for the rest of your yard, try some of these varieties...

Below are some of the most deer resistant varieties, in our experience.
Click on your selection to learn more about the plant

Apricot Sunrise Anise HyssopAgastache 'Apricot Sunrise'
Apricot Sunrise Anise Hyssop
Lamium galeobdelon
Yellow Archangel
golden jubilee anise hyssopAgastache 'Golden Jubilee'
Golden Jubillee Anise Hyssop
Purple Bouquet English LavenderLavandula angustifolia 'Purple Bouquet'
Purple Bouquet English Lavender
Sunset HyssopAgastache rupestris
Sunset Hyssop
Hidcote LavenderLavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Hidcote English Lavender
garden chivesAllium schoenoprasum
Grassleaf Garden Chives
Lisa Marie Dwarf English LavenderLavandula x chaytorae 'Lisa Marie'
Lisa Marie Dwarf English Lavender
giant garden chivesAllium shoenoprasm 'Forescate
Giant Garden Chives
White flowered grosso lavendinLavandula x intermedia 'Alba'
White Grosso Lavendin
Corkskrew onionAllium senescens glauca
Corkskrew Onion
Grosso LavendinLavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
Grosso Lavendin
Howard McMinn ManzanitaArctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita
Blue FlaxLinum perenne lewisii
Blue Flax
emerald carpet manzanitaArctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita

lemon balmMelissa officinalis
Lemon Balm
Pacific Mist ManzanitaArctostaphylos x 'Pacific Mist'
Pacific Mist Manzanita
Sticky Monkey FlowerMimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
David's Choice Sandhill SageArtemesia pycnocephala 'David's Choice'
David's Choice Sandhill Sage
Adagio Dwarf Maiden GrassMiscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Adagio Maiden Grass
William Penn BarberryBerberis x gladwynensis 'William Penn'
William Penn Evergreen Barberry

Scarlet MonadellaMonardella macrantha
Scarlet Monardella
quaking grassBriza media
Quaking Grass

mountain pennyroyalMonardella odoratissima
Mountain Pennyroyal
Ithurial's SpearBrodiaea laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
Coyote MintMonardella villosa
Coyote Mint
cannaCanna x generalis
Common Canna
Deer GrassMuhlenbergia rigens
Deer Grass
berkely sedgeCarex divulsa
Berkeley Sedge
Walkers Low CatmintNepeta faasenii 'Walker's Low'
Walker's Low Catmint
blue satin sedgeCarex platyphylla
Blue Satin Sedge
Low Prickly PearOpuntia humifusa
Low Prickly Pear
bluebeardCaryopteris x clandonensis
creeping golden marjorumOriganum aurea
Creeping Golden Marjorum
Autumn Blue SpireaCaryopteris incana
Autumn Blue Spirea
hopleys purple oreganoOriganum laevigatum 'Hopley's Purple'
Hopley's Purple Ornamental Oregano
Anchor Bay California lilacCeanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'
Anchor Bay California Lilac
sweet marjorumOriganum marjorana
Sweet Marjorum
Sageleaf rockroseCistus salvifolius prostratus
Sageleaf Rockrose
mersea yellow pineleaf penstemonPenstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'
Mersea Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon
Sunset RockroseCistus pulverulentus 'Sunset'
Sunset Rockrose
Benenden Blue RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Benenden Blue'
'Benenden Blue Upright Rosemary
Moonbeam Threadleaf CoreopsisCoreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Moonbeam Threadleaf Coreopsis
Trailing RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Trailing Rosemary
Cardoon BlossomCynara cardunculus
jerusalem sagePhlomis russeliana
Jerusalem Sage
violette du provence artichokeCynara scolymus 'Violette du Provence'
Violette du Provence purple Artichoke
Bee's Bliss SageSalvia 'Bee's Bliss
Bee's Bliss Creeping Sage
purple of romagna artichokeCynara scolymus 'Purple of Romagna'
Artichoke, Purple of Romagna
cleveland sageSalvia clevelandii
Cleveland Sage
tree chollaCylindropuntia imbricata
Tree Cholla
Coahuila SageSalvia coahuilensis
Coahuila Sage
perennial yellow foxgloveDigitalis grandiflora
Perennial Foxglove
pink autumn sageSalvia greggii 'Pink'
Pink Autumn Sage
Santa Barabara DaisyErigeron karvenskianus
Santa Barbara Daisy
Sierra De San Antonio SageSalvia x jamensis 'Sierra de San Antonio'
Sierra de San Antonio Sage
Bowles mauve wallflowerErysimum 'Bowles Mauve'
Bowles Mauve Wallflower
hotlips sageSalvia x jamensis 'Hotlips'
Hotlips Sage
Fawn LilyErythronium tuolumnse x californicum 'Pagoda'
Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, Dog Tooth Violet
Berggarten SageSalvia officinalis 'Berggarten'
Berggarten Garden Sage
red martin spurgeEuphorbia martinii 'Red Martin'
Red Martin Spurge
Purple Leaf SageSalvia officinalis 'Purpurea'
Purple Leaf Sage
hybrid lenten roseHelleborus hybridus
Hybrid Lenten Rose
Transylvanian SageSalvia Transylvanica
Transylvanian Sage
lemon queen sunflowerHelianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Lemon Queen Perennial Sunflower'
SoapwortSaponaria officinalis
Our Lord's CandleHesperoyucca whipplei
Our Lord's Candle
Lemon Fizz Lavender CottonSantolina rosmarinifolia 'Lemon Fizz'
Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton
Coral BellsHeuchera x briziodes 'Bressingham Hybrids'- Coral
Coral Bells
Mexican Feather GrassStipa tenuissima
Mexican Feather Grass
Owl's ClawsHymenoxys hoopesii
Owl's Claws
Creeping GermanderTeucrium cossoni-majoricum
Creeping Germander
hyssopHyssopus officinalis
Yellow GermanderTeucrium flavum
Yellow Germander
Douglas IrisIris douglasiana
Douglas Iris
silver bush germanderTeucrium fruticans
Bush Germander
German Bearded IrisIris germanica
German Bearded Iris
Caucasian GermanderTeucrium hyrcanicum 'Purple Tails'
Caucasian Germander
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris Iris -Pacific Coast Hybrids-'Canyon Snow'
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris
Lemon ThymeThymus citriodora
Lemon Thyme
Pacific coast iris-darkIris 'Pacific Coast Hybrids'
Pacific Coast Iris
English ThymeThymus vulgaris
English Thyme
border ballet torch lilyKniphofia 'Border Ballet'
Border Ballet Torch Lily

Ithurial's SpearTriteleia laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
  chaste treeVitex agnus-castus
Chaste Tree