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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

Moonshine YarrowAchillea taygetaya 'Moonshine'
Moonshine Yarrow-
Lamium galeobdelon
Yellow Archangel
Apricot Sunrise Anise HyssopAgastache 'Apricot Sunrise'
Apricot Sunrise Anise Hyssop
Purple Bouquet English LavenderLavandula angustifolia 'Purple Bouquet'
Purple Bouquet English Lavender
bolero hyssopAgastache 'Bolero'
Bolero Hummingbird Mint
Hidcote LavenderLavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote'
Hidcote English Lavender
golden jubilee anise hyssopAgastache 'Golden Jubilee'
Golden Jubillee Anise Hyssop
Lisa Marie Dwarf English LavenderLavandula x chaytorae 'Lisa Marie'
Lisa Marie Dwarf English Lavender
Sunset HyssopAgastache rupestris
Sunset Hyssop
Goodwin Creek LavenderLavandula ginginsii 'Goodwin Creek Gray'
Goodwin Creek Lavender
garden chivesAllium schoenoprasum
Grassleaf Garden Chives
White flowered grosso lavendinLavandula x intermedia 'Alba'
White Grosso Lavendin
giant garden chivesAllium shoenoprasm 'Forescate
Giant Garden Chives
Grosso LavendinLavandula x intermedia 'Grosso'
Grosso Lavendin
Corkskrew onionAllium senescens glauca
Corkskrew Onion
Blue FlaxLinum perenne lewisii
Blue Flax
  lemon balmMelissa officinalis
Lemon Balm
Susanna Mitchell Dyer's ChamomileAnthemis tinctora 'Susanna Mitchell'
Susanna Mitchell Dyer's Chamomile
Sticky Monkey FlowerMimulus aurantiacus
Sticky Monkey Flower
Howard McMinn ManzanitaArctostaphylos densiflora 'Howard McMinn'
Howard McMinn Manzanita

Scarlet MonkeyflowerMimulus cardinalis
Scarlet Monkey Flower
emerald carpet manzanitaArctostaphylos 'Emerald Carpet'
Emerald Carpet Manzanita
Adagio Dwarf Maiden GrassMiscanthus sinensis 'Adagio'
Adagio Maiden Grass
Pacific Mist ManzanitaArctostaphylos x 'Pacific Mist'
Pacific Mist Manzanita
Scarlet MonadellaMonardella macrantha
Scarlet Monardella
David's Choice Sandhill SageArtemesia pycnocephala 'David's Choice'
David's Choice Sandhill Sage
mountain pennyroyalMonardella odoratissima
Mountain Pennyroyal
Narrow leaf milkweedAsclepias fascicularis
Narrow Leaf Milkweed
Coyote MintMonardella villosa
Coyote Mint
Asclepias speciosa
Showy Milkweed
pink muhlyMuhlenbergia capillaris
Pink Muhly
pigeon pointcoyote bushBaccharis pilularis 'Pigeon Point'
Pigeon Point Coyote Bush
Deer GrassMuhlenbergia rigens
Deer Grass
Golden BarberryBerberis thunbergii 'Aurea'
Golden Barberry
dwarf catmintNepeta faasenii-Dwarf
Dwarf Catmint

Walkers Low CatmintNepeta faasenii 'Walker's Low'
Walker's Low Catmint
concorde japanese barberryBerberis thunbergii 'Concorde'
Concorde Japanese Barberry
Low Prickly PearOpuntia humifusa
Low Prickly Pear
William Penn BarberryBerberis x gladwynensis 'William Penn'
William Penn Evergreen Barberry

creeping golden marjorumOriganum aurea
Creeping Golden Marjorum
PigsqueakBergenia cordifolia
hopleys purple oreganoOriganum laevigatum 'Hopley's Purple'
Hopley's Purple Ornamental Oregano
quaking grassBriza media
Quaking Grass

sweet marjorumOriganum marjorana
Sweet Marjorum
Ithurial's SpearBrodiaea laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
roundleaf oreganoOriganum rotundifolium
Roundleaf Oregano
Incense CedarCalocedrus decurrens
Incense Cedar
hopley's purple ornamental oregano Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'
Kent Beauty Oregano
western spice bushCalycanthus occidentalis
Western Spice Bush
mersea yellow pineleaf penstemonPenstemon pinifolius 'Mersea Yellow'
Mersea Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon
cannaCanna x generalis
Common Canna
Western Sword FernPolystichum munitum
Western Sword Fern
New Zealand SedgeCarex albula 'Frosted Curls'
Frosted Curls New Zealand Sedge
Douglas FirPseudotsuga menziesii
Douglas Fir
berkely sedgeCarex divulsa
Berkeley Sedge
Golden CurrantRibes aureum
Golden Currant
blue satin sedgeCarex platyphylla
Blue Satin Sedge
fuchsia flowered gooseberryRibes speciosum
Fuchsia-Flowered Gooseberry
bluebeardCaryopteris x clandonensis
Benenden Blue RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Benenden Blue'
'Benenden Blue Upright Rosemary
Autumn Blue SpireaCaryopteris incana
Autumn Blue Spirea
Trailing RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis 'Prostratus'
Trailing Rosemary
Anchor Bay California lilacCeanothus gloriosus 'Anchor Bay'
Anchor Bay California Lilac
Renzels rosemaryRosemary, Renzels Trailing Rosmarinus officinalis 'Renzels'
Burmese PlumbagoCeratostigma griffithii
Burmese Plumbago
jerusalem sagePhlomis russeliana
Jerusalem Sage
desert willowChilopsis linearis
Desert Willow
white sageSalvia apiana
White Sage
Morning Clud Chitalpax Chitalpa tashketensis 'Morning Cloud'
Morning Cloud Chitalpa
Bee's Bliss SageSalvia 'Bee's Bliss
Bee's Bliss Creeping Sage
Pink Dawn Chitalpax Chitalpa tashketensis 'Pink Dawn'
Pink Dawn Chitalpa
cleveland sageSalvia clevelandii
Cleveland Sage
Sageleaf rockroseCistus salvifolius prostratus
Sageleaf Rockrose
Pozo Blue SageSalvia clevelandii 'Pozo Blue'
Pozo Blue Sage
Sunset RockroseCistus pulverulentus 'Sunset'
Sunset Rockrose
Moonbeam Threadleaf CoreopsisCoreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Moonbeam Threadleaf Coreopsis
Coahuila SageSalvia coahuilensis
Coahuila Sage
Cardoon BlossomCynara cardunculus
pink autumn sageSalvia greggii 'Pink'
Pink Autumn Sage
violette du provence artichokeCynara scolymus 'Violette du Provence'
Violette du Provence purple Artichoke
Red Autumn SageSalvia greggii 'Red'
Red Autumn Sage
purple of romagna artichokeCynara scolymus 'Purple of Romagna'
Artichoke, Purple of Romagna
Sierra De San Antonio SageSalvia x jamensis 'Sierra de San Antonio'
Sierra de San Antonio Sage
tree chollaCylindropuntia imbricata
Tree Cholla
hotlips sageSalvia x jamensis 'Hotlips'
Hotlips Sage
perennial yellow foxgloveDigitalis grandiflora
Perennial Foxglove
Smokey Red Little Leaf SageSalvia microphylla 'Smoky Red'
Little Leaf Sage
Chinese Mint ShrubElsholtzia stauntonii
Chinese Mint Shrub
Berggarten SageSalvia officinalis 'Berggarten'
Berggarten Garden Sage
HorsetailEquisetum hymale
Purple Leaf SageSalvia officinalis 'Purpurea'
Purple Leaf Sage
Winter HeathErica x darleyensis
Darley Dale Heath
Hummingbird sageSalvia spathacea
Hummingbird Sage
Seaside DaisyErigeron glauca 'Wayne Roderick'
Seaside Daisy
Transylvanian SageSalvia transylvanica
Transylvanian Sage
Santa Barabara DaisyErigeron karvenskianus
Santa Barbara Daisy
SoapwortSaponaria officinalis
Bowles mauve wallflowerErysimum 'Bowles Mauve'
Bowles Mauve Wallflower
Lemon Fizz Lavender CottonSantolina rosmarinifolia 'Lemon Fizz'
Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton
Fawn LilyErythronium tuolumnse x californicum 'Pagoda'
Fawn Lily, Trout Lily, Dog Tooth Violet
Winter SavorySatureja montana
Winter Savory
mediterranean spurgeEuphorbia characias
Mediterranean Spurge
Giant SequoiaSequoiadendron giganteum
Giant Sequoia
red martin spurgeEuphorbia martinii 'Red Martin'
Red Martin Spurge
canada goldenrodSolidago canadensis
Canada Goldenrod
hybrid lenten roseHelleborus hybridus
Hybrid Lenten Rose
Mexican Feather GrassStipa tenuissima
Mexican Feather Grass
lemon queen sunflowerHelianthus 'Lemon Queen'
Lemon Queen Perennial Sunflower'
Silver GermanderTeucrium x Ackermanii
Silver Germander
Our Lord's CandleHesperoyucca whipplei
Our Lord's Candle
Creeping GermanderTeucrium cossoni-majoricum
Creeping Germander
Coral BellsHeuchera x briziodes 'Bressingham Hybrids'- Coral
Coral Bells
Yellow GermanderTeucrium flavum
Yellow Germander
cream bushHolodiscus discolor
Cream Bush
silver bush germanderTeucrium fruticans
Bush Germander
Owl's ClawsHymenoxys hoopesii
Owl's Claws
Caucasian GermanderTeucrium hyrcanicum 'Purple Tails'
Caucasian Germander
hyssopHyssopus officinalis
Green Giant ArborvitaeThuja x standishii 'Green Giant'
Green Giant Arborvitae
Douglas IrisIris douglasiana
Douglas Iris
Lemon ThymeThymus citriodora
Lemon Thyme
blue flag irisIris missouriensis
Western Blue Flag Iris
Turbo ThymeThymus longicaulis
Turbo Thyme
German Bearded IrisIris germanica
German Bearded Iris
English ThymeThymus vulgaris
English Thyme
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris Iris -Pacific Coast Hybrids-'Canyon Snow'
Canyon Snow Pacific Coast Iris
Ithurial's SpearTriteleia laxa 'Corrina'
Ithurial's Spear, Fool's Onion', Grass Nut
Pacific coast iris-darkIris 'Pacific Coast Hybrids'
Pacific Coast Iris
chaste treeVitex agnus-castus
Chaste Tree
soft rushJuncus effusus
Soft Rush
border ballet torch lilyKniphofia 'Border Ballet'
Border Ballet Torch Lily

BeautybushKolkwitzia amabilis
(Linnaea amabilis