Last summer the rabbits eat most of our vegetable garden, with a 6 foot fence around it. Submitted by Emerson on January 26, 2019 - 9:35pm. How to Make and Use Aerated Compost Tea (ACT) in Your Garden, Growing Raspberries: A Complete Guide on How to Plant, Grow, & Harvest Raspberries, Growing Apple Trees: The Complete Guide to Plant, Grow, & Harvest Apples, Growing Petunias: A Complete Guide on How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Petunias, Growing Cucumbers: Varieties, Planting Guide, Care, Problems, and Harvest. Advertisement. These plants are your best chance against hungry deer. Keeping my fingers crossed. The only thing is you have to reapply it after it rains. It’s unlikely that a hungry rabbit can be deterred outright, but planting strongly-scented herbs like Lemon Balm, Mint, Lavender, or even Geraniums could help to mask the scent of more tasty leaves. Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’, ‘Visions’, and ‘Fanal’ make a nice mix. Some folks don't realize that once they start feeding deer, they are forever attracted to every garden in the area. Will try some of the others. Ever since then, I haven't been able to keep deer out of my garden, and I NEVER fed them! These peppers grew really well and we tried to bake and stuff them, put them in soups, pair them with cheese...nothing helped the hotness... but one morning...they were all gone from the garden - like, 30 hot peppers! These plants have developed defense mechanisms that result in a reduced likelihood that deer will want to consume them. Again, keep in mind that the first rule in deer-proofing is that there are no completely deer-proof plants. Agree on the coneflowers - I had a mass of the 'Pow Wow Wild Berry' that I had to move from front to back yard because deer ravage them. Deer seem to shun the attractive glossy, green foliage because of its strong scent. Deer Resistant Plants. 20 Deer-Resistant Plants to Protect Your Garden From Bambi and Friends. They also love Bleeding Heart, Weigela, Delphinium, Black Eyed Susan, apple tree leaves, cherry tree leaves. They weren't. So, we want to grow plants that are not the deer’s top choice on the menu. Using these lists will help to give you a higher degree of success in having your garden coexist with deer. 2 of 7. Northern-hardy perennials and shrubs that deer usually do not eat. Using deer-resistant perennials and annuals in the garden is an effective way to create a deer barrier. Submitted by Mary on September 28, 2019 - 3:47am. I have had the same experience as Jan. The list was compiled with input from nursery and landscape professionals, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) Cooperative Extension personnel, and Rutgers Master Gardeners in northern New Jersey. Mesnwhile we continue to expand and consume without thought to the other species we share the planet with. Hm-m-m. Custom programming and server maintenance by, Click to read more tips on how to deter deer in the garden, Avoid planting narrow-leafed evergreens, especially, Deer also show a particular preference for, Not surprisingly, deer tend to stay away from, One of our favorite deer-resistant perennials are. Boxwoods are among the most versatile broadleaf evergreens for a deer-resistant garden. Scented plants are very appealing to gardeners, but not to deer. Deer Resistant Plants We've carefully chosen this collection of plants to be highly deer resistant. Submitted by Robert Riegler on November 4, 2019 - 7:08am. From Minnesota to Missouri, countless gardeners have had their landscape dreams dashed by deer. They also trim the arborvitaes into ice-cream cones. For many, that means deer. Oh, dear! Rabbits can and will dig. Deer Busters: The Top Deer-Resistant Plants for the Pacific Northwest. Out of the 15 deer resistant plants I listed for the garden, I think the deer stay away from these the most! No matter, at the present spiralling extinction rate they will soon be gone....and then so will we. e.g. Flowering Tobacco Plants for Deer-Resistant Flowers. While neighbors may delight in feeding deer here close to the lake in NW Arkansas, I would rather just watch them do their own thing in the woods while I tend to my flowers and look at the lake. Coreopsis and Echinacea purpurea Note that no plant is completely "deer-proof", particularly when deer densities are high. This spike has tons of white blooms all up it. Would the odor drift up to the muscadines? Why waste my money to feed the deer. Deer avoid plants with a strong fragrance, irritating textures, or plants that upset their stomachs. We laughed at the image. We are always interested to know which plants are resistant in gardens visited by deer. So far in our area, we've found the only things the deer won't eat are Lambs Ear and lavender. is spraying your plants with a hot sauce! While no plant is completely deer resistant, our four-legged friends tend to shy away from plants that feature such unpalatable characteristics as bitter flavor, … You are wasting your time with any of the plant matter discussed. They eat my Hosta, my Black-eyed Susan's and my Reblooming Daylilies. Planting these plants around the garden perimeter or around their favorite plants can sometimes be enough to make deer seek food elsewhere. One of the best deer-resistant flowering shrubs for shady landscapes is bottlebrush buckeye. Astilbe are also deer-resistant plants that grow well in shade. 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Gardeners tend to see more damage in their garden from deer in the late fall and winter. Submitted by Mike on November 4, 2020 - 10:06pm, Submitted by Suzanne Norris on June 6, 2020 - 4:22pm. Thanks to Russell Nursery for this list. You list, deer won't eat lilacs. Do you have any suggestions for squirrel and rabbit resistant plants. Of course, once the sprouts are older, usually the grass is up and they can graze that, instead. Some deer may sample or develop a taste for any plant! 1 of 7. This deer resistant sun loving plant is also a water wise plant that is great in the Texas (where I live) heat. It's been warm & hardly any snow. Note, this is only a guide. My zinnias weren't touched last year, but they certainly loved eating my rhubarb and tomato plants, which I've read are both supposed to be deer resistant. Really need advice before planting our garden this year. WOODY Ornamental Plants RARELY Damaged by Deer. American Holly...yup...they feasted on it like it was a delicacy. Don’t even get me started on all those “ fuzzy-leaved” plants they’re supposed to avoid...like hollyhocks. Submitted by Sam Lareau on November 14, 2020 - 8:35am. Just mix the seeds with a hot chili powder. Submitted by holly on September 27, 2019 - 9:17am, something just ate the crap out of my aster last night so i would say it isn't deer or rabbit resistant, Submitted by Tammy Boyne on August 23, 2018 - 8:45am. Order the plants right here and make your dream garden a nightmare for deer! This page was first published in 2008 and is regularly updated. Some plant qualify as “deer candy.” We certainly don’t want to be laying out a deer buffet with our hard-earned dollars. This list provides a guide and was developed from a variety of sources which may not all be equally reliable. Submitted by Jo gaydos on May 12, 2019 - 9:58pm, Submitted by The Editors on May 14, 2019 - 9:36am. They mature late in the summer. When they’re hungry and competition for food is high, deer will treat your yard like an all-you-can-eat buffet. This list of deer-resistant plants includes descriptions and photos. And it has not been a bad winter. One thing you can use to help repel deer, squirrels, etc. They do what they want to do, regardless of the consequences for anyone else. More. Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance The following is a list of landscape plants rated according to their resistance to deer damage. (the ones that deer don’t like very much). Would love any suggestions before I start planting this year. Note that even “resistant” varieties can be vulnerable in the first few weeks after planting, when their leaf tissue is especially nitrogen-rich. A version of this will also work to keep squirrels out of your bird feeders. Also, control deer damage with 8'-tall black mesh deer fencing and with deer repellents. In Victoria, BC Canada we have herds of deer. Submitted by Pat Buben on July 12, 2019 - 9:29am. Disclosure. By Arricca Elin Sansone. Submitted by Lori on March 30, 2019 - 6:06pm. ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ has a tidy habit that won’t spill over onto its neighbors in the garden. I gave up gardening entirely. Bodnant Gardens – Shrub and Perennial Border | Joe Wainwrigh. Birds don't have heat receptors, so it won't bother them but it will the squirrels. When I grew coneflower, deer kept eating off the buds and blossoms. I have maintained a small ornamental conifer nursery in Northern Vermont for the past 35 years and the only unfriendly deer product that hands down deer avoid is Leadnus Vulgare. Save Pin FB. THE BEST DEER-RESISTANT PLANTS FOR YOUR GARDEN By Irene Wanat Rutgers Master Gardener HOW TO TRY TO KEEP DEER OFF YOUR PROPERTY A dog in the yard Noisy and scary visual deterrents Sudden movement, sights and sounds Smelly or scary deer repellents BEST WAYS TO KEEP DEER OFF YOUR PROPERTY Let your LOUD DOG, or your neighbor’s dog, spend plenty of time in your yard ELECTRIC FENCING PLANT … They are NOT deer resistant. I live in NJ. Common boxwood Spruce 2. Deer Resistant Shrubs Shrubs, which are usually smaller than trees, usually have more than once central stem that extends outward from the base of the plant. Its fragrant foliage is highly deer resistant, while its bright amethyst blue flowers are a favorite of bees and hummingbirds. Do you have problems with deer eating your garden plants? Most of these perennials, shrubs and flower bulbs have the added benefit of being very fragrant. Shrubs are frequently eaten by deer due to their low height and accessible edible bits. Strawflower. I love flowers so when my neighbour planted Cosmos and said the deer won't eat them I immediately planted many Cosmos. For now, feel free to continue reading. A Guide to Deer Resistant Pollinator Plants Below is a list of deer resistant pollinator plants, including herbs, flowers and vegetables that attract bees, butterflies, flower flies, and hummingbirds to the garden. One of our favorite deer-resistant perennials are bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis, aka Dicentra spectabilis). Last year, under the sign for Deer-Resistant plants, some worker with a forklift had left a pallet of boulders. One plant that stood out for me was the flowering tobacco. No such thing here on the east coast of Florida. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. I think it really depends on the deer in your area. I have found one ounce slugs work best with #9 shot. We list the botanical genus name which will cover all plants starting with that name. Perennials/Bulbs. 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