Deer Resistant Plants

Deer are lovely to see, but when they get into your garden, they can wreak havoc in a very short time! Deer can jump very high, so fencing isn't always an option, especially if you are on a large lot. There are some tactics to keep them at bay, such as leaving fragrant soap shavings in your garden and motion detecting sprinklers and lights, but sometimes they just keep coming! Sometimes it might just be easier to plant a garden that deer don't want to eat in the first place! Keep in mind, if they are desperate, they might eat on anything to stay fed! This is not a compete list, but it gives you quite a few plants to choose from.

Annuals

  • Cosmos Cosmos bipinnatus
  • Begonia Begonia tuberous            
  • English Marigold tagetes
  • Dusty Miller Centaurea cineraria               
  • Hardy Mums Chrysanthemum
  • Spider Flower Cleome hassleriana           
  • Crocosmia Crocosmia ‘lucifer’
  • Dahlia Dahlia spp
  • Gazania Gazania ringens
  • Lantana Lantana camara             
  • Flowering Tobacco Nicotiana     
  • Cape Daisy Osteospermum spp  
  • Annual Geranium Pelargonium     
  • Dusty Miller Senecio cineraria     
  • French Marigolds Tagetes spp.    
  • Calla Lily Zantedeschia aethiopica              
  • California Fuchsia  Epilobium canum

Perennials

  • Yarrow Achillea millefolium
  • Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis
  • Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea
  • Pussy Toes Antennaria dioica
  • Rock Cress Arabis caucasica
  • Sea Thrift Armeria maritima     
  • Wormwood Artemesia Spp
  • Rock Cress Aubrieta deltoidea
  • Alyssum Aurinia saxatilis
  • Brunnera Brunnera macrophylla
  • Bellfower Campanula spp.
  • Tickseed Coreopsis spp.
  • Pinks Dianthus spp.
  • Bleeding Heart Dicentra spetabilis
  • Foxglove Digitalis spp. 
  • Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpea
  • Globe Thistle Echinops ritro
  • Barrenwort Epimedium
  • Sea Holly Eryngium amethystinum
  • Spurge Euphorbia spp
  • Blanket Flower Gaillardia spp.
  • Big Root Geranium Geranium macrorrhizum
  • Cranesbill Geranium x cantabrigiense
  • Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum
  • Baby’s Breath Gypsophila spp.
  • Hellebore Helleborus 
  • Candytuft Iberis 
  • Bearded Iris Iris germanica
  • Red-hot Poker, Torch Lily Kniphofia uvaria 
  • Deadnettle Lamium    
  • Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum
  • Campion Lychnis spp
  • Bee Balm, Bergamot Monarda didyma
  • Catmint Nepeta spp
  • Evening Primrose Oenothera Biennis
  • Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia species
  • Peony Paeonia 
  • Poppy Papaver 
  • Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata
  • Jacob’s Ladder Polemonium caeruleum
  • Lungwort Pulmonaria spp.
  • Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
  • Garden Sage Salvia officinalis    
  • Hen and Chicks Sempervivum spp.
  • Goldenrod Solidago spp.    
  • Lamb’s Ears Stachys byzantine
  • Spiderwort Tradescantias virginiana
  • Speedwell Veronica spp.

Trees

  • Serviceberry Amelanchier spp.
  • Birch Betula papifera
  • Ginko Ginko biloba
  • Juniper Juniperus spp
  • Spruce Picea spp  
  • Pine Pinus spp
  • Sumac Rhus spp
  • Eastern Hemlock Tsuga canadensis

Shrubs

  • Boxwood Buxus sempervirens
  • Blue Beard Caryopteris clandonensis
  • Flowering Quince Chaenomeles japonica
  • Smokebush Continus corrygria  
  • Carol Mackie Daphne Daphne x burkwoodii 'Carol Mackie'  
  • Forsythia Forsythia suspensa  
  • Fetterbush Pieris japonica
  • Shrubby Cinquefoil Potentilla fruticosa
  • Spirea Spiraea spp
  • Lilac Syringa vulgaris 

Ground Covers

  • Bearberry Archtostaphylos uva-ursi
  • Bunchberry Cornus Canadensis
  • Sweet Woodruff Galium odoratum  

Grasses

  • Sedges Carex Spp   
  • Common Blue Fescue Festuca glauca
  • Lilyturf Liriope muscari   
  • Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum 

Bulbs

  • Ornamental Onion Allium  spp.
  • Crocus Crocus spp. 
  • Fritillaria Fritillaria impericalis
  • Snowdrops Galanthus nivalis   
  • Grape Hyacinth   Muscari spp. 
  • Daffodil Narcissus spp.

Edibles

  • Basil Ocimum basilicum
  • Asparagus Asparagus officinalis
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officianalis
  • Cooking Thyme Thymus vulgaris
  • Bay Leaf Laurus nobilis 
  • Lavender Lavandula angustifolia
  • Oregano Origanum vulgare
  • Marjoram Origanum majorana
  • Onion Allium cepa
  • Garlic Allium sativum