Saturday, February 27, 2010

Deer Resistant Plants

  It is getting to the time of year when we are thinking of new plants for the garden. Deer can be a problem for us, so we've been researching plants that deer will usually avoid. Here is a list we have compiled. We are going to try some as border plants around the garden and some of the smaller ones around our small fruit trees. Hopefully they will help keep the little buggers out of the garden this year!


Acacia
Allium
Aster
Bamboo
Bay Tree
Bearberry
Begonia
Bleeding Heart
Bottle Brush
Boxwood
Butterfly Bush
Catmint
Chinese Flowering Dogwood
Cleome
Columbine
Coneflower
Creeping Phlox
Crocus
Currant
Daffodil
Dusty Miller
Eucalyptus
Fern
Fig
Freesia
Geranium
Gloriosa Daisy
Gooseberry
Heelbore
Highbush Cranberry
Hyacinth
Iris
Japanese Maple
Jasmine
Lamb's Ear
Lilac
Lily-Of-The-Valley
Lobelia
Magnolia
Marigold
Morning Glory
Nasturtium
Oleander
Olive
Pawpaw
Periwinkle
Pomegranate
Potato Vine
Rosemary
Rue
Sage
Scilla
Siberian Squill
Smoke Tree
Snapdragon
Snowdrop
Spirea
St. John's Wort
Sumac
Sweet Alyssum
Tea Tree
Thyme
Verbena
Viburnum
Wisteria
Yarrow
Yucca

10 comments:

  1. Now I know why my father, who was an organic 'gentleman' farmer, planted begonias, marigolds, and geraniums in between his rows of vegetables. And it's totally true that Bambi and his entire family leave my herb garden unviolated. The moose on the other hand....

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  2. Ah...I can't help with the moose, we see so few of them to worry about. The herbs and flowers are also good companion plants for a lot of vegetables and help keep insect pests away as well.

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  3. I'm sending this to family--who live within DC city limits but regardless have had deer issues!

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  4. Hi Nancy, The term "Deer Resistant" has a mind of its own here in our area. We have had two years of drought and the deer didn't really care what was supposed to be "deer resistant" or not. With not much else to eat, they truly enjoyed anything green (or alive for that matter). Our Rosemary was nibbled on continually and the lantana was eaten down almost to the ground. We are finally getting some much needed rain. So we will have to see what happens this year.

    I think under "normal" conditions, where the deer have plenty of other good stuff to eat, they will leave "deer resistant" plants alone. Time will tell for us here.

    That is a nice list!

    Our back yard is fenced to help keep the deer from coming in - oh they can so gracefully skip over the fence if they want. And so with that in mind the veg garden in the back yard is also fenced. Gram always planted marigold and nasturtium with the veg garden (like Lord W mentioned), so I do to.

    Emily

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  5. Emily, I agree, if they are hungry enough they will eat most anything. We have also had good luck with white ribbon electric fencing. The deer respect that pretty well.

    Glad to hear you are getting the rain you need. For the most part lack of rain is not an issue here (last year it was too much rain!) although as I say that, this year will probably be very dry...crazy weather! Right now we have very little snow. Usually we are still buried in it.
    ~Nancy

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  6. Deer resistant plants didn’t work for us. The only thing that did was Deer Off. We sprayed it and the deer didn’t bother with our yard anymore. It’s natural and organic so I feel good using it. And I don’t have to use it that often. Label says reapply every 3 months. I barely have to apply the stuff.

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  7. Danial, great that you found something that works for you. We have actually had the best results with the electric fence, but do notice a lot of plants that they just don't seem to bother.

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  8. Yes, nice list. I am a landscape architect in St. Louis and grow many of those things and agree they are deer resistant. I have to disagree on the aster...they are one of the favorites of the deer in my yard...and the currants, gooseberry, potato vine are also sometimes eaten. They don't eat the sumac, but they tear it apart with their antlers in fall. Here is my list of deer resistant plants if it is helpful to someone reading... http://acornlandscapes.com/blog/?p=331

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  9. Thank you for the info! It is interesting what the deer like/dislike in other parts of the country.
    ~ Nancy

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