Gardening Tips

Bad Deer Plant List

A Few Plants That Deer Do Not Favor

September 2004

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. Repellants 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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