The plants in the lists below were tested for deer resistance in my garden. Each year, I add more plants so this list will change as I experiment. If a plant is nibbled some, but still blooms or is full of foliage for most of the time, I consider the plant deer resistant. In other words, a few nibbles will not destroy my enjoyment of the plant.
Please browse my blog articles about my deer resistant gardening experience.
PLEASE NOTE: Your results may vary, depending upon availability of food for the deer, herd size and browsing habits. Deer will eat most anything if desperate during long periods of drought.
I haven't yet moved these plants to my favorites list:
If you'd like to read more about my garden in print—here's a note from The Grumpy Gardener at Southern Living Magazine:
(You'll find the story, Not Tonight Deer! on page 52 of the July 2010 issue.)
MY FAVORITE DEER RESISTANT PLANTS (annuals, perennials, shrubs, et.)
|Agastache 'Cotton Candy' from Terra Nova Nurseries|
'Salmon & Pink'
'Cotton Candy' Terra Nova
'Summer Love' Terra Nova
'Autumn Blush' Terra Nova
'Mango Punch' Terra Nova
'Rum Punch' Terra Nova
'Fire Bird' (2010) Terra Nova
'Tangerine Dream' (2010) Terra Nova
'Six Hills Giant'
guaranitica 'Black & Blue'
guaranitica 'Omaha Gold' (2010)
'May Night' (2010)
ulignosa (bog sage)
'Cherry Queen'Other perennials
colocasia (elephant ears)
ginger 'White Butterfly'
heliotropium amplexicaule 'Azure Skies'
iris ensata (some nibbles)
leucanthemum x superbum 'Broadway Lights', 'Paladin', 'Alaska'
rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' (some nibbles possible)
verbena 'Homestead Purple'
Favorite Shrubs and TreesBuddleia ('Pink Delight', 'Royal Red', 'Adonis Blue', 'Honeycomb')
Crape Myrtle ('Tuscarora', 'Muskogee', 'White Chocolate')
Gardenia 'August Beauty'
Lantana (multiple varieties; some bloom nibbles may occur in late fall)
magnolia - Sweet Bay Magnolia and Southern (must protect trunk from antler rubbing,
Pieris japonica 'Dorothy Wyckoff'
Spirea 'Neon Flash'
Vitex 'Shoal Creek'
Favorite VinesCarolina Jasmine
Confederate (Star) Jasmine
Favorite Perennial Bulbsallium 'Purple Sensation'
poppies (Eschscholzia californica and papaver)
zinnias (Benary's Giant; minor damage; increased nibbling in late August, especially during drought conditions when there is little to eat in the wild. Rabbits will eat!)
Favorite Foliage Plantsstachys 'Helen von Stein'
lysmachia nummularia Aurea
miscanthus 'Cosmopolitan', 'Little Zebra'
carex (multiple varieties)
purple fountain grass (annual here)
clumping bamboo (fargesii?)
weeping willow, curly willow
deodar cedar (antler rubbing)
Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. Recommendations are based upon my own experience and your results with deer resistance may be different.