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Deer Resistant Gardens

Selecting Deer Resistant Plants for Your Garden Deer damage has become more prevalent due to increasing deer population, real estate development, and human population shifting from cities to suburban living. Although one of the best insurances against deer damage is a fence, the more aesthetically pleasing alternative is to landscape with deer-resistant plants. Planting a deer resistant garden is easier than you think

Echinacea – Coneflower

There are several reasons a plant can be deer resistant. Tastes, preferences and digestibility vary with plant age, growth stage and time of year. When planning landscapes with trees, perennials and ornamental shrubs, it is important to research their palatability to deer in order to avoid browsing damage when the cold season strikes.


Achillea (Yarrow) P Ageratum A Andromeda (Pieris) S Artemesia (Silvermound) P Bergenia cordifolia P Berberis (Barberry) S Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) P Buxus sempervirens (Boxwood) S Cedrus deodara (Cedar) T Chaenosmeies speciosa (Common Quince) S Clematis spp. P Cornus florida (Dogwood) T Cornus alba (Red Twig Dogwood) T Cotoneaster S Cytissus (Broom) P Daphne S Dicentra spectabllis (Bleeding Heart) P Echinacea (Coneflower) P Enkianthus S Fargesia (Clump Bamboo) S Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue) P Digitalis (Foxglove) P Erica (Heath) P Forsythia S Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel) S Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) S Ilex spp.crenata, x meserveae, opaca (Holly) P Juniperus spp. (Juniper) S Kalmia spp. (Mountain Laurel) S
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Leucothoe) S Ligustrum vulgare (European Privet) S Lonicera (Honeysuckle) S Liriope (Lilyturf) P Monarda (Bee Balm) P Narcissus (Daffodil) P Nepeta (Catmint) P Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern) P Pachysandra (Pachsysandra) P Perovskia (Russian Sage) P Picea pungens (Colorado Blue Spruce) T Picea glauca ‘Conica’ (Dwarf Alberta Spruce) S Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder) P Potentilla (Cinquefoil) P Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan) P Rhododendron spp. S Pyracantha (Firethorn) S Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) P Spirea spp. T Tsuga canadensis (Hemlock) T Viburnum dentatum (Arrowhead Viburnum) S Wisteria frutescens (American Wisteria) S

Drought-Tolerant Plants Save Work and Water

Drought-Tolerant Plants Save Work and Water

The drought tolerant category saves work. These plants are also conservationists! They save water by needing less. American gardens are definitely not in the tropics. Many areas have  hot, dry spells and drought tolerant plants keep going when you’re busy, go away for the weekend or live in an area where outdoor watering is monitored. Drought-tolerant doesn’t mean “never needs water.” It means you can create a gorgeous garden that will require less water. Plants in this category do well in dry conditions.

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Fragrant Garden

Enjoy a Fragrant Garden

The butterflies favorite blooms are the sweetest, most colorful ones. Their main food is nectar from flowers and the best way to attract them to your home garden is to plant their favorites in large groupings. As far as butterflies are concerned there can never be too many flowers! Make sure your garden produces nectar flowers all through the season so they can always find food. Butterfly gardens are generally planted in sunny locations. In fact butterflies need to bask in the sun to warm themselves for flight. A flat stone in full sun will do the trick. It is important to keep your garden in an area protected from wind and refrain from using harmful chemicals.


Agastache foeniculum (Anise Hyssop) H
Aloysia triphylla (Lemon Verbena) H
Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) P
Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) P
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) P
Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub) S
Clematis paniculata (Sweet Autumn Clematis) P
Clethra (Summersweet) P
Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) P
Daphne burkwoodii v.Carol Mackie (Rose daphne) P
Dianthus (Sweet William) A
Dianthus (Pinks) P
Echinops (Globe Thistle) P
Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) P
Geranium (Scented) H
Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff) P
Heliotropium (Heliotrope) A
Hemerocallis v. Hyperion (Daylily) P
Hosta ‘Aphrodite’ P
Hosta ‘Honey Bells’ P
Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ P
Ipomoea alba (Moonflower) A
Iris germanica (iris) P
Lavendula (Lavender) P
Laurus nobilis (Sweet Bay) H
Lilium Orientalis P
Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Pea) A

Lobularia annua (Sweet Alyssum) A
Magnolia v. Stellata (Star Magnolia) T
Melissa offinialis (Lemon Balm) H
Mentha spp. (Mint) A
Monarda (Bee Balm) P
Mirabilis jalapa (Common Stock) A
Nicotiana A
Oenothra (Evening Primrose) A
Ocimum basilicum (Basil) H
Philadephus (Mock Orange) P
Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox) P
Rose (many) S
Rosemarinus (Rosemary) P
Syringa spp. (Lilac) P
Thymus spp. (Thyme) H
Viola odorata (Viola) A/P
Wisteria A/P
Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice) S
Viburnum sieboldii (Siebold Viburnum) S
Viburnum x. juddii (Judd Viburnum) S