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
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