16 Positively Deer Proof Plants


I know, it's a pipe dream... I live in a community where herds of deer walk the streets, sleep in my front yard and graze everything. A hungry deer will eat anything. I've had deer sample my daffodils by biting off the flower heads and spitting them out on the ground beside the bare stem.  Daffodils are supposed to be deer proof.  Um, well, that depends on the deer.

That being said, I have found plants that are deer proof and that after 17 years of living in this community, have NEVER been sampled by a white tail deer.  So for those of you looking to have a pretty garden display that isn't eaten to the ground, here is my list of no-fails:





Bleeding Heart & Bugleweed

Corydalis



Euphorbia


Iris (Bearded & Siberian)

Ladies' Mantle


Lavender & Ornamental Grasses


 Poppies

Rose Campion

Shasta Daisy


Rudbeckia & Soapwort


 Thyme


Yarrow & Chives


I actually have many more to share, but let's save those for another edition of Deer Proof  Plants. I hope I've given you enough of an assortment to enjoy colourful blooms from Spring til Fall no matter how many deer plague your garden!

Cheers!

UPDATE:  As one of my readers mentioned, some of the plants I've noted will be nibbled on by deer in a different part of the continent.  A good rule to remember is that deer typically will not eat any plant with fuzzy leaves or scented leaves.  Happy planting!

See Part 2 of this series by clicking on the photo below:




20 comments:

  1. Such beautiful flowers! Are these actually pictures in your yard?

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  2. Anne how beautiful all the deer proof flowers are. There are a lot of choices. We have deer by us but they usually stay clear. Good to know this.
    Kris

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  3. Gorgeous! It's great to know a beautiful garden is still possible, even with pesky deer nibbling around.

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  4. Well, deer are never an issue for us, but I had to read on to look at all the beautiful flowers. You make me want to head to the nursery tomorrow.

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  5. Thank you so much for this post. We live in rural New Brunswick and on the odd occasion we have had to stop the car going up our own driveway to allow the deer to pass. After this past week of snow the pictures are encouraging.

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    1. I'm so glad I could help! You really are getting an awful lot of snow this winter and we have next to nothing. Go figure!

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  6. I have most of these same flowers in my own garden! I don't have deer, but I have rabbits. You have a beautiful garden Anne, and I love that you used the familiar names for flowers. Nice to see green and colour for a change :) Wendy

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  7. Oh so many of these were familiar to me when I lived in Montana and had deer everywhere! Sadly, that is not a problem for me anymore, but I loved seeing this post with all the pretty spring/summer pics!

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  8. Beautiful pictures for this cold dreary February! Your flowers are gorgeous! Love the old fashion flowers, bleeding heart, daisies and yarrow. I'd forgotten about rose campion. Would you mind sharing what is the tall purple plant by the trellis behind the daisies? Thank you for a breath of spring!

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    1. That is Monkshood.or wolfsbane - aconitum napellus. Another plant the deer won't touch!

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  9. Okay I must tell you my friend we had Shasta daisies and yarrow and the deer ate them at the old house. I believe deer eat anything when hungry. The only things we felt safe with is ornamental grasses and boxwood. Never touched it. Groundhogs are actually worse than deer and sneaky suckers

    Cindy

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  10. Your garden looks gorgeous despite the visiting deer. Gardening is always a bit of trial and error,but I find if you don't try you will never know. Sarah x

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  11. Beautiful garden Anne. Texas deer would love some of those beautiful flowers. They eat just about anything if they are hungry.

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  12. So nice that they don't eat lavender and bleeding hearts! No deer here, but we have foxes and they can ruin a plant by pooping on it... Happened several times already!

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  13. I am bookmarking this post as the deer in our neighborhood think they own it!...and come for dinner every night...and breakfast too....Great post Anne!

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  14. I love so many of these plants, so even though we aren't overrun by deer in my neighborhood, you are reminding me of some of the plants I'd like to bring around this summer. Yarrow, thyme, chive, soapwart, okay all of the ones on your list, lol. Love the pics!!

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  15. Pleased to meet you through Tuesday Garden Party. I've bookmarked your blog.
    Gail @ thisgreenlife.ca

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  16. I'm late to the party here, but I just saw this on Pinterest. IF ONLY this were true. I have tried every one of these plants, plus peonies and foxglove and others on the deer resistant lists. My deer have eaten every one of these to the ground. I spray with Liquid Fence every other day. Any less than that and the plant is eaten. I just noticed this morning the peonies lining my front walk are leafless. They will be completely gone by tomorrow. The up side of that is I don't have to cut them back. The deer do my pruning for me. They pruned all my roses - nearly 100 - last week because I went 3 days without spraying. An 8' fence is the only answer in my area. Big dogs, and all those home remedies don't do a thing. You are fortunate to live where the you can control the deer.

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    1. Some deer will eat anything. Different types of deer eat different types of foliage. I have been fortunate with the list of plants that I have compiled because they have rarely, if ever, even been sampled by a young deer. Dogs don't do anything to deter the deer around here either, even 8' fences won't do a thing unless they are solid and the deer can't see what's on the other side of them. What a shame about your roses. Hope they grow well for you next year. Thanks for weighing in!

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  17. Herd of close to a dozen deer roam my neighborhood. They took almost every leaf off a small new rhododendron in front of the house. They pretty much crop those as their major winter feed, EXCEPT along behind the house, which is about 10 feet from an earthen bank. They don't like to feel trapped, so hardly ever go back there. And the rhodies go about 12 feet tall. Starting to bloom now. By the weekend it will be glorious.

    Last year I planted green peas on a wire fence parallel to the front of the house and about 4 feet from the wall. That was the first year they didn't eat a bite of pea plants. Don't like to feel trapped! Whooppee! Ugly fence for a few months is worth some peas fresh and some in the freezer! Never had the problem when I had my little terrier. He kept the moles and voles down, too. Bless his heart.

    Anne, your garden is so lovely. Wlll you share how you keep the grass out of the thyme between the pavers? My thyme is losing the battle. Prollly b/c I live in the country, but maybe you have some ideas? Thanks for sharing. I'm sending this post to a friend...she'll love it.......

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