You can battle deer effectively by planting deer resistant perennials, plants that deer dislike.
I’m not going to lie to you, there is no such thing as “deer proof perennials”.
But quite a few plants are deer resistant beauce deer generally dislike anything that has a strong aroma (lavender), textured leaves (lamb’s ear), or thorns or needles (blue spruce).
Even though roses have thorns, deer absolutely love to eat the rose flowers and buds.
Opting for plants that deer dislike, instead of known favorites, can save you some heartache and money.
However, although deer may not be fond of these perennials, they will eat almost anything if they become hungry enough.
Perennials Deer Love To Eat
Of course, if you have deer problems, you should avoid plants that deer love, which include azaleas, roses, tulips, lilies, daylilies, rhododenrons and hostas.
These perennial plants are favorites with the deer population so it would be foolish to plant them in your garden, unless you have a 10 foot high fence or a barking dog that loves chasing deer.
Deer Resistant Perennial Plants
To repel deer, I recommend planting sage and artesimia in swathes around the perimeter of your garden.
Pungent might be the best word to describe this strongly scented silvery plant combination.
No animal is going to munch on these remarkably scented perennials.
Not only do these plants deserve a silver medal for deerproofing a garden, but the plants have great aestetic appeal in the garden.
If deer encounter a barrier of unappetizing plants on the border of a garden, it can discourage them from browsing the interior portions of the garden.
Artemisia, Curlicue Artimisia versicolor ” Seafoam”, hardy to zone 4.
Astilbe False spiraea, zones 3-8.
Butterfly Bush Buddleia davidii, zones 5-10.
Barberry Japanese Berberis thunbergii, Zones 4-8.
Bayberry Northern Myrica pensylvanica, zones 2-6.
Christmas Rose Helleborus, zones 3-9.
Columbine aquilegia, zones 3-9.
Coneflower Purple, Echinacea purpurea, zones 3-9.
Coreopsis Coreopsis spp, zones 4-9.
Daffodil Narcissus, Zones 3-8.
Dahlias Dahlia spp, zones 8-10.
Forsythia Forsythia spp, zones 5-9.
Foxgloves Digitalis purpurea, zones 4-8.
Grape Hyacinth Muscari spp, zones 3-8.
Irises, All Types Iris spp, Zones 3-10.
Lamb’s Ear Stachys byzantina, zones 4-8.
Lavender Lavandula spp, zones 5-8.
Lilac Syringa spp, zones 3-7.
Mock Orange Philadelphus spp, zones 4-8.
Monkshood Aconitum carmichaeli, zones 3-7.
Oleander Oleander spp, zones Oleander spp, zones 8-10.
Peony Paeonia spp, zones 2-8.
Potentilla, Shrubby Potentilla fruticosa, zones 2-11.
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus, zones 5-9.
Rosemary Rosmarinus officinales, 7-11.
Sage (Salvia), Giant Flowered Purple Sage Salvia pachyphylla, hardy to zone 5.
Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum x superbum, zones 4-9.
Spirea Spiraea spp, zones 2-9.
Yarrow Achillea spp, zones 3-9.