Deer Resistant

A wise gardener once told me that in order to determine whether a plant will survive in one’s garden, you need to “know your deer.”  Just as we have our own regional cultures and habits, deer communities can vary widely on what they will and will not eat.    In general, deer are unlikely to find appetizing things that are pungent, fuzzy, or prickly,  Below is a list of some plants that have so far evaded their hungry jaws in my zone 7 gardens.

 

Achillea (Yarrow)

Aconitum (Monk’s Hood)

Ageratum (Flossflower)

Ajuga (Bugleweed)

Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle)

Amelanchier (Serviceberry)

Amsonia (Blue Star)

Anise hyssop

Artemisia (Wormwood)

Asclepias (Milkweed)

Astilbe (Fa;se Goat’s Beard)

Athyrium (Lady fern)

Baptisia (False indigo)

Begonias (Tuberous)

Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss)

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)

Calamarostis (Feathergrass)

Campanula (Bellflower)

Carex (Sedge)

Caryopteris (Blue Mist)

Cephalanthus occidentalis (Buttonbush)

Clematis

Colocasia/Alocasia (Elephant Ears)

Convalaria (Lily of the Valley)

Cornus florida/kousa (Dogwood)

Dicentra (Bleeding heart)

Digitalis (Foxglove)

Dryopteris (Wood fern)

Echinacea (Coneflower)

Epimedium (Barrenwort)

Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed/boneset)

Euphorbia (spurge)

Festuca (Fescue)

Forsythia

Geranium

Helleborus (Helebore)

Heliotrope

Hibiscus

Ilex (Holly family)

Iris

Hydrangea

Lamium (Nettle)

Lavendula (Lavender)

Leucothoe

Miscanthus

Menta (Mint)

Narcissus (daffodils)

Nepeta (Catmint)

Nicotiana (flowering tobacco)

Osmunda

Papaver (Poppy)

Perovskia (Russian sage)

Peony

Pieris japonica (Andromeda)

Polystichum

Rosa carolina

Salix  (Willow family)

Sambucus (Elderberry)

Sempervivum

Solidago

Spirea

Symphytum

Stachys (Lamb’s ear)

Thymus (thyme)

Verbena bonariensis (purple vervain)

Veronica

Viburnum, leatherleaf, arrowood

Viola

Wisteria

Yucca