deer resistant plants

It is important to note that no plant is 100% deer proof. A very hungry animal will eat what it must to survive. These plants are known to perform well amongst hungry deer and rabbit.

Perennials:

      • Black Eyed Susan
      • Blanket Flower
      • Bleeding Heart
      • Catmint
      • Columbine
      • Coneflower
      • Coreopsis
      • Gay Feather
      • Iris
      • Lily of the Valley
      • Lupine
      • May Night Salvia
      • Russian Sage
      • Sedum
      • Shasta Daisy
      • Yarrow

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Annuals:

    • Alsyium
    • Bidens
    • Dusty Miller
    • Lobelia
    • Marigolds
    • Salvia
    • Verbena
    • Zinnias

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Trees:

    • Crepe Myrtle
    • Maple
    • Serviceberry
    • Spruce
    • White Fir

Bushes & Shrubs:

    • Blue Mist Spirea
    • Butterfly Bush
    • Lilac
    • Mock Orange
    • Potentilla
    • Viburnum
Yarrow, Russian Sage, Barberry, and Coreopsis provide great color.

Bulbs:

    • Autumn Crocus
    • Daffodil
    • Fritilia
    • Hyacinth

Deer Favorites to Avoid

  • Clematis
  • Coleus
  • Geraniums
  • Hosta
  • Pansies
  • Petunias
  • Tulips

If some of your favorite plants and flowers are in line with what deer love to lunch on you can try a deer repellant spray to deter them. The goal with these sprays is to use both a taste and smell that deer do not like. Often this is a combination of mint, egg, and spices. A variety of these sprays are available at local nurseries or you can attempt to make your own.