15 Deer-Resistant Plants
Are you trying to keep deer out of your garden? Probably so. You could try enticing the animals with something else to keep them out of your garden like creating a food plot and throwing corn on a daily basis. If you think the neighbors would complain that you were baiting deer, perhaps you should simply add some plants to your garden that are not as tempting to the animals, and then they will (hopefully) move along. It is said that hardly any plant is 100% deer-proof, but there are many annuals, perennials, vines, trees, and shrubs that don’t appeal to Bambi as much as clover and kale do. Check out this extensive list, which was compiled by the Grumpy Gardener, and then choose from the easy-to-grow and not-attractive-to-deer plants that you can add to your garden this weekend.
Beautiful as just a fragrant ornamental plant in pots or beds, rosemary is a much-loved culinary seasoning, as well. The easy to grow rosemary is an ideal plant for those with less-than-green thumbs because it can actually suffer from too much attention.
The darlings of summertime, marigolds are robust and practically trouble-free. These annuals blooms from early summer to frost as long as you keep the old flowers picked off. Plant marigolds around your vegetable garden to help repel unwanted insects.
This graceful and ornamental perennial grass can be used in containers, as borders, or as bank covers. Fountain grasses, which are generally clump forming with arching stems tipped with fat furry flower plumes, add a pop of visual appeal wherever you use them.
This evergreen vine, the state flower of South Carolina, sports shiny, light green leaves and fragrant, tubular yellow flowers. A favorite of hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, this vine can be trained to grow on a trellis, fence, or side of the house.
These easy-to-grow annual flowers are longtime favorites for colorful, round flower heads in summer and early fall. Don’t bother planting zinnias early in the season; they love hot weather and will simply stand still until the weather warms up.
You either love wisteria and keep it pruned and manageable, or you spend your days and nights figuring out ways to eliminate it from your garden. This twining, woody vine can be quite invasive, but manage and train it from the time of planting and you will enjoy a beautiful and eye-catching flowering addition to your yard.
Producing clusters of small, five-petaled tubular blossoms, most verbena plants thrive in heat and tolerate drought conditions. Use verbena as ground cover or as fillers in container gardens.
One of those most beautiful bulbs to grow in your garden, daffodils multiply over the years, unlike some other bulbs such as tulips which dwindle in number each season. Daffodils can be planted and managed in formal garden beds but are also allowed to grow natural in woodland settings.
Both the foliage and the flowers of lavender emit a sweet perfume that gardeners love but deer detest. To grow beautiful and healthy lavender plants, especially in the humid South, make sure they get full sun and proper drainage.
There is a reason you see rows and rows of vinca plants at the big-box nurseries. This easy-keeper annual shrugs off deer, rabbits, and even drought, putting forth its best flowering show in hot weather. Use vinca as a bedding plant, in a container garden, or alone in a hanging basket.
There are many types of alliums available in different sizes and colors, such as white, blue, and purple. A member of the onion family, alliums produce a strong flavor and smell that is unattractive to deer. A word of caution: allium can be toxic to dogs and cats if ingested, so this might not be a good plant if you have curious pets around.
Foxglove plants can grow from 2-8 feet high, adding charm and dimension to a garden. Foxgloves are perhaps the easiest of the towering flowering plants to grow. Use foxglove to fill a box-wood edged flower bed, or mass them at the back of perennial borders. Hummingbirds are attracted to the tubular, finger-like flowers.
A variety of the milkweed, the perennial butterfly weed sends out many stems each year which grow up to 3 feet tall. Broad clusters of brightly colored flowers appear in midsummer, attracting swarms of butterflies.
This creeping, perennial plant is related to the wandering Jew. The narrow and oval deep purple leaves protect a tiny purple flower. Use as ground cover or as a bedding or potting plant. Frost may kill the tops, but these plants recover fast in warm weather.