Bad Deer Plant List

A Few Plants That Deer Do Not Favor

Deer can be annoying pests in the garden. One easy way to solve the problem is to use deer-resistant plants. Many trees, shrubs and perennials are undesirable to deer due to the plants’ strong flavor or hard-to-digest foliage. Repellents are strong-scented plants that confuse the deer’s senses. Interplanting in the garden can help deter the rascals. Here are a few plants that deer do not usually favor.

Annuals

Ageratum
Begonia
Calla
Coleus
Dusty
Miller
Lantana
Marigolds
Salvia
Snapdragon
Verbena
Vinca

Bamboo

All species

Shrubs

Barberry
Boxwood
Butterfly Bush Cotoneaster
Dwarf Nandina
False Cypress
Juniper
Lilac
Magnolia
Oregon Grape
Spirea
Yew

Ornamental Grass

Fountain Grass Dwarf
Fountain Grass Purple
Fountain Grass
Japanese Blood Grass
Maiden Grass Dwarf
Maiden Grass Silver
Maiden Grass
Variegated Maiden
Northern Sea Oats
Pampas Grass
Plume Grass
Porcupine Grass
Switch Grass
Tufted Hair Grass

Repellants

Catnip
Chives
Flowering Onion
Garlic
Lavender
Marigold
Mint
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme

Perennials

Agastache
Artemesia
Asarum
Astilbe
Beard Tongue
Bellflower
Bleeding Heart
Bugleweed
Candytuft
Cranes Bill
Delphinium
Epimedium
Flowering Onion
Foam Flower
Foxglove
Galium
Hellebore
Ivy
Jacob’s Ladder
Lamb’s Ear
Lungwort
Meadow Sweet
Mexican Sage
Peony
Pinks
Salvia
Speedwell
Spiderwort
Yarrow

Trees

American Sweet Gum
Ash
Black Locust
Cedar
Dogwood
Flowering Cherry
Gingko
Japanese Maple
Oak
Paw Paw
Persimmon
Redbud
Sassafras
Spruce
Willow

Hardy Ferns

Most Species

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Bear Creek Nursery

“ Along with a selection of new annuals, perennials, herbs and grasses, the Bear offers many native trees and shrubs as well as a number of aquatic plants to enhance the pond. Landscape materials and a comprehensive selection of glazed & terra cotta pots round out the products available at your friendly neighborhood garden center. Sound advice is always available from the well informed staff, who will be happy to help you find just the right plant to compliment your garden. Landscape services are available year round.”