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Deer Resistant Gardens

Given opportunity, deer can destroy any garden. Following is a list of plants that deer are less likely to feast on - however, there are no guarantees.

Deer resistant perennials for full to part sun:

Baby's Breath (Gypsophilia)
Bachelor's Button (Centaurea Cyanus)
Balloon Flower (Platycodon)
Bellflower (Campanula)
Blue False Indigo (Baptisia Australis)
Bugleweed (Ajuga)
Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias Tuberosa)
Candytuft (Iberis)
Catmint (Nepeta)
Chrysanthemum (Mum)
Columbine (Aquilegia)
Coreopsis (Tickseed)
Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii)
Delphinium
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
Gayfeather (Liatrus)
Geranium (Cranesbill)

Iris
Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium)
Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina)
Lavender (Lavandula)
Lupin (Lupinus)
Ornamental Grass (Colagrossi)
Ornamental Grass (Festuca)
Ornamental Grass (Hakonechloa)
Ornamental Grass (Miscanthus)
Ornamental Grass (Pennisetum)
Peony (Paeonia)
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
Salvia (Salvia officinalis)
Snakeroot (Cimicifuga)
Sneezeweed (Helenium)
Verbascum
Veronica (Speedwell)
Wisteria
Yucca

Deer resistant perennials for full or part shade:

Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Dead Nettle (Lamium)
Foxglove (Digitalis)
Geranium (Cranesbill)
Lenten Rose (Helleborus)

Lily of the Valley
Lungwort (Pulmonaria)
Pigsqueak (Bergenia)
Primrose (Primula)

Deer resistant Fern:

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides)
Ghost Fern (Athyrium)
Hay-scented Fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)

Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum)
Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)
Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)

Deer resistant Shrubbery:

Barberry (Barberis vulgaris)
Beautyberry (Callicarpa)
Bluebeard (Caryapteris)
Forsythia
Fothergilla
Holly
Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
Lilac (Syringa)

Mock Orange (Philadelphus)
Spirea
St. John's Wart (Hypericum perforatum)
Sweetshrub (Clethra)
Viburnum
Wax Myrtle/bayberry (Myrica)
Weigela (Weigela florida)
Wisteria (Wisteria sinensis)
Witch-hazel (Hamamelis)

Deer resistant Annuals:

Ageratum
Annual Pinks (Dianthus)
Calibrachoa
Cockscomb (Celosia)
Coleus (Plectranthus scutellarioides)
Dusty Miller (Jacobaea maritima)
Hyacinth
Lantana
Marigold (Calendula officinalis)


Moss Rose (Portulaca)
Nasturtium (Tropaeolum)
Nicotiana
Periwinkle (Vinca)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
Spider Flower (Cleome hassleriana)
Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)
Zinnia

Deer resistant Herbs and Vegetables

Cantaloupe
Cucumber
Dill
Eggplant
Hot Peppers

Rhubarb
Sage
Sweet Peppers
Thyme
Watermelon