Deer Resistant Plants

Yarrow BloomsPlants are only called deer resistant, not deer proof. If hungry enough, deer will eat almost anything. They usually avoid plants which are fragrant, bitter tasting, or have milky sap; and plants with fuzzy or prickly leaves.

In Spring, deer love to eat the new, tender growth on plants. Planting lots of herbs in your garden will create a scent barrier around your plants and can also assist in keeping deer away.

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Although no plant is guaranteed to completely resist deer, the following plants are some that have done well for gardeners:

TREES
Ash (Fraxinus)
Beech (Fagus)
Birch (Betula)
Black Locust (Robinia)
Cedar (Cedrus)
Cherry, Japanese Flowering (Prunus)
Cypress, False (Chamaecyparus)
Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus)
Gingko
Hawthorn, English (Crataegus)
Hemlock, Canadian (Tsuga)
Hickory (Carya)
Honey Locust (Gleditsia)
Magnolia (Magnolia)
Maple, Japanese (Acer)
Mimosa (Albizia)
Oak (Quercus)
Persimmon (Diospyros)
Pine, White, Austrian, and Scotch (Pinus)
Redbud (Cercus)
Spruce (Picea)
Sweet Gum (Liquidambar)
Sycamore (Platanus)
Tulip Tree (Liriodendron)
Willow (Salix)

SHRUBS
Abelia
Barberry (Berberis)
Beautyberry (Callicarpa)
Bluebeard (Caryopteris)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Common Boxwood (Buxus)
Dogwood, Redosier and Kousa (Cornus)
Elderberry (Sambucus)
Euonymus
Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles)
Forsythia
Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina)
Holly, Chinese and American (Ilex)
Inkberry (Ilex)
Jasmine (Jasminum)
Juniper (Juniperus)
Lilac, Common (Syringa)
Mugo Pine (Pinus)
Pieris
Privet (Ligustrum)
Pyracantha
Rhododendron
St. Johnswort (Hypericum)
Smoketree (Cotinus)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos)
Spiraea
Sumac (Rhus)
Viburnum

VINES and GROUNDCOVERS
Ajuga
Bergenia
Bittersweet (Celastris)
Clematis
Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Ivy, Boston and English (Hedera)
Japanese Pachysandra (Pachysandra)
Lamium
Lily of the Valley (Convallaria)
Liriope
Potentilla
Snow in Summer (Cerastium)
Sweet Woodruff (Galium)
Trumpet Vine (Campsis)
Wisteria
Vinca Vine (Vinca)

ANNUALS
Ageratum
Alyssum
Begonia
Cleome
Dahlia
Dusty Miller
Geranium
Heliotrope
Herbs-Basil, Thyme, Parsley, and others
Hypoestes
Lobelia
Marigold
Salvia
Snapdragon
Verbena
Vinca
Zinnia

PERENNIALS
Agastache
Anemone
Artemisia
Aster
Astilbe
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Bugbane (Cimicifuga)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Coneflower (Echinacea)
Coreopsis
Crocosmia
Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Delphinium
Foamflower (Tiarella)
Foxglove (Digitalis)
Geranium, Hardy
Geum
Goldenrod (Solidagio)
Helleborus
Hibiscus
Iris
Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium)
Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla)
Lamb’s Ear (Stachys)
Lavender (Lavandula)
Peony (Paeonia)
Poppy (Papaver)
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
Russian Sage (Perovskia)
Salvia
Sunflower (Heliopsis)
Veronica
Yarrow (Achillea)
Yucca

BULBS
Crocus
Dahlia
Daffodil (Narcissus)
Grape Hyacinth (Muscari)
Ornamental Onion (Allium)
Snowdrops (Galanthus)

2 Responses to Deer Resistant Plants

  1. Patricia Sewell says:

    Thank you this is very helpful
    Patricia Sewell

  2. Hillermann says:

    Thank you for your comment. We strive to be helpful and share knowledge with everyone. Thanks again!

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