16 Deer-Resistant Perennials for Your Garden

Deer can wreak havoc on any garden. From tree and shrub damage to destroying plants, deer is the usual suspect. Like with any sworn enemy first we must know their habits. Fortunately, deer are creatures of habit, so their behavior is predictable. 

Here are some facts about deer:

  • Deer are most active during the morning and evening hours.

  • Their habitat range typically covers several hundred acres– that's a lot of ground!

  • They have one area that they use for resting and another for feeding.

  • Deer mate from September to January

  • Older females usually have 2 babies a season whereas younger females have one.

What Do Deer Eat

It seems like deer eat everything we don’t want them to. Shrubs, flower buds, tree branches and bark– the list goes on. But there are foods they prefer.

Here is a list of the feeding habits of deer:

  • Deer tend to eat evergreens and dry leaves in winter.
  • When it’s not winter, deer eat fruits and nuts.
  • They favor farmlands near wooded areas because it provides both shelter and food.
  • Deer-related damage increases in winter when food is limited.
  • They eat shrubs, trees, and crops when available.

Are You Sure It’s Deer?

This is the first step in decreasing deer-related damage - determining if it is deer that are causing you problems – so you have to observe. This way you will know for certain that the problem isn’t caused by squirrels, rabbits, or neighbor kids with too much time on their hands. 

If you notice any of the following, deer may be the cause of your plant and tree damage:

  • Height where damage occurs: deer can feed from ground level to five feet (or more) above the ground.

  • If you notice hoof prints - pay close attention to the ground because they can be easy to miss.

  • Browse line on evergreen plants– if you have an otherwise healthy hedge, but it is sparse from the base to about three feet up, this is likely a deer-related issue.

Deer-resistant perennial plants

Prevention is often the easiest and most cost-effective method of preventing deer-related damage.

Repellants are an option, but they wash off in the rain. Plus, they need to be applied to large areas which means a lot of work for you.

Fences are an excellent method of prevention. However, they are expensive and may be unsightly. To keep the deer out, fences must be eight feet tall or more.

The best preventative measure is buying perennials that you love and deer hate. Perennials will return year after year, which is less work for you. Buying deer-resistant perennials is a method that will save you a considerable amount of time, effort, and money.

Here is a list of 16 deer-resistant perennials:

Red Cardinal Flower

The red cardinal flower is a deer-resistant perennial that loves moist soils. It has tall spires that bloom with red flowers. It is loved by pollinators and is easy to grow.

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun

Water: Very wet

Best for rain gardens and wet spots in the garden

Great White Trillium

Great white trillium is a timeless yet uncommon deer-resistant perennial. It has three large white rippled petals with dark green foliage. It does well in a range of soils.

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun or part shade

Water: average

Best for borders and woodland gardens

Siberian Iris

The Siberian iris has iconic petals that grow in multiple directions. It is a bold plant ideal for anyone who wants to liven up their garden.

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun

Water: Average

Best for Japanese gardens and borders

Dwarf Crested Iris

Dwarf crested iris is a deer-resistant perennial that has star-shaped flowers. It grows lower than most irises and looks great in containers.

Zones: 4 to 8

Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade

Water: Average

Best for edges, front of border, and woodland gardens

Bearded Iris

The bearded iris is another deer-resistant flower that has gorgeous, bold blooms. Their flowers blossom on long stems. These are ideal for any gardener who wants to make a statement.

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun

Water: Average to moist

Best for middle and back or borders

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed is a must-have for any pollinator garden. This deer-resistant perennial attracts butterflies, bees and maybe even a hummingbird or two. Plus, it's low maintenance, what's not to love?

Zones: 4 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun

Water: Moderately dry to average

Best for pollinator gardens and sunny borders

White Violets

White violet comes from the same family as common violets. This low-growing deer-resistant perennial looks great in moon gardens or front of borders.

Zones: 3 to 8

Sun exposure: Full sun or part shade

Water: Average

Best for woodland gardens, moon gardens, front of borders, and containers

Bird’s Foot Violet

The bird's foot violet is a twist on the typical violet. Its flower puts out petals in dark purple and light purple. It pairs well with irises and other varieties of violet.

Zones: 4 to 8

Sun exposure: Full sun or part shade

Water: Average

Best for woodland gardens, front of borders and containers

Yarrow

Yarrow is a deer-resistant perennial that is loved by pollinators. It can grow in many soil conditions and can tolerate some shade. Yarrow is one of the most popular plants on this list!

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun

Water: Average to moist

Best for borders and pollinator gardens

Dutchman's breeches

Dutchman's breeches are a deer-resistant perennial that is closely related to the common bleeding heart. It is native to North America and can be grown in five different zones. It is a low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow.

Zones: 3 to 7

Sun exposure: Full sun or part shade

Water: Average to moist

Best for borders, woodland gardens, and containers

Deer-resistant perennials for shade

Deer tend to lurk in the shadows, especially when we aren't paying attention. To ensure they don't munch on your precious shaded plants, here are some shade-loving perennials that deer will avoid.

Virginia Bluebells

Virginia bluebells are an excellent addition to any garden for their striking color. They are a deer-resistant perennial that can be grown in a wide range of soils and climates. 

Zones: 3 to 8

Sun exposure: Full shade

Water: Average to moist

Best for cottage gardens and borders.

Black Cohosh

This deer-resistant perennial is great for adding height and intrigue to your outdoor space. It can serve as a soft screen or be used in the back of borders due to its height.

Zones: 4 to 9

Sun exposure: Full shade

Water: Average

Best for back of borders and woodland edges

Mayapple

Mayapple is unique in that its flowers grow below its leaves. The leaves are like umbrellas that provide shade to the flowers. Children, especially love this plant and spotting its hidden flowers.

Zones: 3 to 8

Sun exposure: Full shade

Water: Average to moist

Best for alpine gardens and woodland gardens

Deer-resistant perennials for the Northeast

It can be tricky to find good deer-resistant perennials in the northeast where deer are most prevalent. But have no fear! There are options for even the most deer-bothered gardener.

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily is a gorgeous and unique deer-resistant perennial. It has spotted markings on its orange petals. While it is native to North America it can add an exotic look to any garden.

Zones: 3 to 8

Sun exposure: Full sun

Water: Average

Best for borders and woodland edges

Purple Violet

This deer-resistant perennial violet does especially well in colder climates. It is a low grower with unique, whorled foliage.

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun or part shade

Water: Average

Best for woodlands, borders, under trees or shrubs, and containers

Creeping Buttercup

The creeping buttercup thrives in many climates, even cooler ones. It is a nostalgic memory of childhood that is as beloved now as it ever was.

Zones: 3 to 9

Sun exposure: Full sun or part shade

Water: Average

Best for woodlands, borders, or as ground cover

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Cardinal Flower - TN Nursery

Cardinal Flower

The Red Cardinal Flower has vibrant red blooms and tall, erect stalks. It adds color and elegance to gardens, parks, and various outdoor spaces. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, it offers several advantages, making it a popular choice for landscapers and gardeners. The scarlet-hued Lobelia cardinalis is a perennial in the bellflower family. Its tall, nectar-filled bloom spikes attract hummingbirds and create a beautiful display in your garden. The plant's common name refers to the red robes a Roman Catholic cardinal wears.     Natural Habitat Of The Cardinal Flower Lobelia is native to the North and South American continents and blooms from July through September. This moisture-loving plant grows on stream banks and in low woods, marshes, and meadows across the United States. If you want to create a handsome show in your garden, Lobelia will surely delight. The plant's fiery spires yield brilliant red blooms that open gradually from the bottom to the top of their racemes. Each long, narrow, tube-shaped blossom has two flat upper petals and three lower petals at the tips. The delicate plant crown leafy 2’-4' stems, covered with shiny, lance-shaped, bright green leaves that sometimes have a bronze or reddish tint. The leaves alternate as they climb the stems, enhancing the blooms to create a lively riot of color. Cardinal Flower is a favorite of gardeners who love adding bold splashes of crimson. This plant is perfect for shady woodland plots, wet meadow plantings, water gardens, pollinator gardens, and rain gardens. Its long stems can add height to borders and create depth when placed in the back sections of your landscape. The blossoms are most spectacular from midsummer into fall and make excellent cut blooms. Ecology Of The Cardinal Flower Some people say Lobelia will bring hummingbirds in from the sky. The plant's blooming period coincides with the late-summer migration of ruby-throated hummingbirds traveling south to Mexico. The birds pollinate the plant by dipping their beaks into the plants' long, red tubes. The blossoms are also beautiful to swallowtail butterflies and bees, making them a wonderful centerpiece in a pollinator garden. Cardinal Flower Is A Bold Statement In Any Garden  When you want to make a bold, beautiful statement in your garden, include the Cardinal Flower in your plan and celebrate the summer season.

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White Trillium - TN Nursery

White Trillium

White Trillium is a spring-blooming wildflower with large, white, three-petaled flowers and a distinctive, whorled arrangement of leaves, typically found in woodland habitats. It is prized for its large, showy, white flowers that bloom in the spring. The blooms can add a touch of elegance and beauty to your landscaping. It is a native North American wildflower that can provide several landscaping benefits. White Trillium, commonly known as the "wood lily "and the "large-flowered wake-robin," is a long-lived perennial wildflower that grows in eastern North America. Its bright to dark-green foliage blooms with large, colorful flowers in April, May, and June. The Habitat Of The Great White Trillium Its native range includes woodlands from Quebec to Georgia. In the wild, the plant grows in deciduous or mixed forested areas and on mesic slopes, as well as on rich rock ridges and in thickets and swamps. In Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains, the herb sometimes produces mixed populations of rose-pink and white blossoms. The Appearance Of White Trillium Its flowers have showy white blossoms that stretch more than 4" in diameter. Their long, pointed petals take on a pink tint over time. Each outwardly curved flower rises above three glossy, green, oval-shaped leaf-like bracts with a visibly veined appearance and pointed tips. A short rhizome that serves as the plant's stem branches out into peduncles aboveground that grow up to 15" tall. The plant commonly forms large, dense colonies that spread slowly as they age. Whether you're designing a woodland or wildflower garden or want to add a little texture to a shady spot, it will make a lovely addition to your landscape. These spring-blooming flowers complement hosta, ferns, iris, and jack-in-the-pulpit beautifully and make your yard a natural haven. Since they go dormant during the summer, pairing them with groundcover plants and perennials will help them flourish into autumn. White Trillium Is Great For Wildlife White Trillium serves as host plants for the American angle shades moth and the black-patched clips. During the blooming season, native and honey bees visit the blooms to pursue nectar. Ants eat the lipid-rich elaiosome surrounding the seeds, then drop them on the soil, where they grow into healthy new plants. The plant colonies can provide habitat and coverage for small mammals in places where the plant grows prolifically. White-tailed deer also enjoy grazing the blossoms and foliage.

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Siberian Iris - TN Nursery

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris is a hardy purple and white blooming perennial plant known for its elegant, slender, and vibrant flowers. It is a popular choice for garden borders and water features. It is a versatile and captivating addition to landscaping projects, offering many benefits beyond any potential herbal uses. This perennial flowering plant brings aesthetic and functional advantages to outdoor spaces, making it a popular choice among landscape designers. The Siberian iris, also known as the iris sibirica and the Siberia flag, is a stunning addition to your flower garden. These memorable plants are recognized for their coloring and pleasant smell, which can be compared to that of violets and freesias. Incorporating them into your landscaping comes with several impressive benefits related to their beauty, significance, and functionality in and out of the home. Siberian Iris Has Gorgeous Flowers This easy-to-grow plant features long, bluish-green leaves along with bluish-purple flowers. The flowers have long, draping petals that perfectly contrast the slender, pointed leaves. The inner portion of the petals is fascinating, with a combination of yellow, white, and brown elements arranged in a lovely pattern. Numerous blooms grow on each plant seasonally, adding a vibrant, eye-catching hue to enjoy in your garden throughout spring. Siberian Iris Offers Home Decor They are also the perfect addition to your home decor. Their healthy, strong stems make them ideal for cutting at the bud stage through the flowering stage and adding to a tall vase. Their smooth fragrance and lovely coloring add a unique charm to your home and are perfect for use as a seasonal focal point. Siberian Iris Is Notable in Culture Siberian Iris is named after the rainbow goddess in Greek mythology, which is an apt name given its vivid and fascinating petals. For centuries, royalty have used them to symbolize their families' significance in countries worldwide. In addition, the French fleur-do-lis symbol is derived from this flower. Because of these cultural significances, they add a regal touch to your yard. While many species have distinctive characteristics you can add to your landscaping; this species stands out with its unique coloring and other traits. The plant grows in clumps that stand up to two feet tall at maturity and can grow up to 20 flowers per plant. Because of their characteristics, the plants make a great addition as a property line division and a flower garden border.

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Dwarf Crested Iris - TN Nursery

Dwarf Crested Iris

Dwarf Crested Iris is a delicate perennial with small, slender leaves and charming, blue to purple iris-like flowers, each adorned with delicate white or yellow crests on their petals. It is a stunning and versatile plant with numerous landscaping benefits. This low-growing perennial herb is native to North America and thrives in woodland settings, making it an excellent addition to various garden styles. While exploring the lovely possibilities of dressing up your gardens, the dwarf crested iris will undoubtedly catch your eye. This is a relatively short perennial plant native to the eastern United States and enjoyed in gardens throughout the country and abroad. While many people are familiar with them, they are often unaware of their appealing traits. What are some of the notable benefits of planting it in your yard? Add Beautiful Pops of Color With Dwarf Crested Iris This plant is highly regarded for its many colors. The branches are brown and combine with yellowish-green or green leaves and stunning flowers. The plant reaches four inches in height with the stem and the flower. The fragrant flowers bloom in April and May, revealing shades of purple, lilac, lavender, blue, and pale blue. The rarer colors are pink and white. Additional colors include a white center and vibrant shades of yellow, orange, purple, and dark blue on its outer petals. Birds Love Dwarf Crested Iris Seeds The seeds produced by the flowers in the spring are under a centimeter in diameter, so they are easily dispersed by birds and the wind. In addition, this is a creeping plant that expands by shooting out long roots underground. While their growth is not usually noticeable only a year after planting them, the plants’ roots expand exponentially. This allows you to enjoy a blanket of them in your yard after several years. This plant is commonly found in the wild in wooded areas. It can also grow in the crags of ledges, on a rocky landscape, or in ravines. This makes it ideal for beautifying a formal garden or a native or xeriscape yard with rock features. Attract Wildlife With Dwarf Crested Iris While some wildlife is welcome and desired in your yard, other species can cause damage. This Dwarf Crested Iris deters deer on your property to safeguard the different plants in your yard that deer may be drawn to. In addition, they are fragrant and attract bees and hummingbirds.

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Butterfly Milkweed - TN Nursery

Butterfly Milkweed

Butterfly Milkweed plants are known for vibrant orange flowers, attracting monarchs, and significant ecological benefits, making them a popular choice in landscaping. Beyond its visual appeal, this native North American plant offers numerous advantages to any landscape's overall health and beauty.   Butterfly Milkweed Has Vibrant Fire Orange Blooms The butterfly milkweed instantly captivates with its vibrant hues and delicate beauty. Also known as Asclepias tuberosa, this wildflower can be found in various prairies and grasslands throughout the United States and parts of Florida. Are you ready to transform your garden with this stunning flower, sure to become the crown jewel of your collection? Butterfly Milkweed Is Sure To Dazzle The charm of this plant lies in its dazzling array of bright colors. Fiery oranges are punctuated with bursts of sunny yellows that grow in small groups. The blossoms are supported by hearty green stems and thin, pointed leaves that ensure the flowers themselves take center stage. Though it may be in full bloom during spring and summer, this plant continues to enchant with its enduring beauty well through the fall. Because it is a resilient, robust plant, it makes an excellent choice for both seasoned gardeners expanding their collection and new green thumbs embarking on their horticultural journeys. Create Your Butterfly Garden With Butterfly Milkweed Is it any surprise butterflies are part of this wildflower's name? These plants are rich in nectar, which attracts many butterflies to the landscape. You can create your sanctuary with these adorable flowers that invite dozens of fluttering visitors to your lawn. The true beauty of this plant lies in how it harmonizes with the natural world around it. The fluttering friends it attracts go on to pollinate other flowers and support a healthy, happy ecosystem for everyone to enjoy. No matter where they are planted, these flowers create a ripple effect that nourishes the spirit of their beholder and the more fantastic world around them. Plant Butterfly Milkweed alongside others like the purple coneflower, black-eyed susan, and bee balm to enhance your garden's allure for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. No matter where it is planted, this beautiful wildflower shimmers like a gem and adds an unmistakable beauty to the landscape. With irresistible colors, unwavering resilience, and a lovely connection to nature, it's no wonder that so many gardeners are instantly charmed by the brilliance of these wildflowers.

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Bird's Foot Violet - TN Nursery

Bird's Foot Violet

Bird's Foot violet stands out with its distinct five-lobed, bird-like petals in shades of purple, blue, lavender, and occasionally white. Its intricate patterns and subtle markings add a touch of elegance to any garden space. Bird's foot violets are charming and visually captivating plants with many pleasing attributes incorporated into landscaping designs. Bird's Foot Violets Are a Low Growing Groundcover Bird's foot violet is a compact plant that usually does not grow more than 5 inches tall. It spreads out in low clusters of dense leaves and blossoms, making it ideal for gardeners looking for ground cover. Its narrow leaves blend nicely with grass or clover, adding a charming pop of color when it blooms. This flower is also a lovely addition to features like flowerbeds or tree edging. People often use plants around the base of taller flowers or as a border along walkways. Bird's Foot Violets Have Stunning Blue Blooms This plant features five-petaled blooms with three larger petals on the bottom and two smaller ones on the top. Typically, it has medium-purple petals with a soft, blue tint. Some variants have a rich, royal purple shade on the top two leaves, while others are such a pale purple that they appear almost white. All variants have a white streak along the center of the lower petal that draws attention to the dark, golden-yellow center of the flower. It is named after the distinctive shape of its leaves. This compact plant features small bunches of dark green leaves. Each leaf separates into several narrow, spiky lobes that shape it like a bird's footprint. The leaves fan out in a graceful spray, making this plant look even more appealing. Bird's Foot Violets Bloom In Spring And Fall Bird's Foot Violet is a perennial plant that can provide charm and beauty for most of the year. After staying dormant over the winter, this plant displays some bright green leaves in early spring. It then begins blooming in the middle of spring. Blossoms often last several weeks, and the plant can continue producing fresh blossoms as long as the conditions are right. In fall, it usually goes through a second round of blooming so that landscapers can enjoy even more beautiful purple flowers.

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Yarrow - TN Nursery

Yarrow

Yarrow is a hardy perennial herb with feathery, fern-like leaves and flat-topped clusters of colorful flowers. It is commonly found in meadows and gardens and is known for its medicinal and ornamental properties. Common Yarrow botanical name is Achillea Millefolium, a perennial known for its crown of small, white flowers. Its other names include milfoil, older man's pepper, nosebleed plant, devil's nettle, and soldier's woundwort. The latter name is a reference to its medicinal uses in ancient cultures. Achillea Millefolium is native throughout North America. If you've ever been on a hike, you've seen these flowers while traversing the trail. Yarrow Has Stunning Blooms The Achillea Millefolium or milfoil can grow to heights of up to three feet. The flowers can be white or rose, depending on the soil type of the plant. Gardeners can expect the plant to bloom from April through September. The blooms typically have five petals, and the flowers form in clusters. The plant's scent is pleasant, and the foliage is captivating. This is because the leaves form leaflets that resemble the leaves of ferns. They can reach lengths of five inches. There are branches on this plant, except at the top. Gardeners can enjoy planting the Achillea Millefolium along walls and around foundations. If the chosen side of the hedge receives little wind, it can also be planted along the hedge walls. It also works well in pollinator and butterfly gardens. Draw Pollinators to Your Yard With Yarrow The Achillea Millefolium's flowers attract pollinators, including butterflies and bees, who forage for its pollen. The most common butterflies around Achillea Millefolium are the West Coast Lady and the Lorquin Admiral. It's also been known to attract beetles and moths. Great Plants to Plant Around Yarrow Yarrow does well when planted around the black-eyed susan, coneflower, and catmint. Gardeners who love herb gardens may also want to grow it around their dill, thyme, oregano, and basil plants because milfoil has been known to repel some pests. Gardeners will love the Achillea Millefolium for its beautiful flowers and fern-like appearance. It does well around other wildflowers and herbs, especially when planted in areas with little wind.

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Dutchmas Breeches - TN Nursery

Dutchman's Breeches

Dutchman's Breeches is a spring wildflower with distinctive gray-green, finely divided leaves and unique, drooping clusters of white, pantaloon-shaped flowers resembling miniature hanging pants. It is a captivating and delicate spring ephemeral plant that offers several benefits when incorporated into the landscaping. Native to North America, it is a member of the poppy family and can be found growing in rich, moist woodlands, making it an ideal addition to woodland-themed gardens or naturalized landscapes. Dutchman's Breeches Blooms March-April  Dutchman's Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria), also known as "Little Blue Staggers," is a white woodland flower that blooms from March to April. This spring ephemeral is also a perennial native to eastern North America. It also grows naturally in the Pacific Northwest. Dicentra cucullaria is often found in the eastern and Pacific Northwestern woodlands of the United States. The flower grows naturally in the wild on forest floors under dappled sunlight, on moist rocky slopes, and along stream banks. After their blooming cycle ends, the flowers go dormant, and their leaves and stems fall to the ground to make way for summer flowers. Dutchman's Breeches Appearance Dutchman's Breeches range from 6" to 12" tall and bloom for about two weeks. Their creamy white or pinkish flowers resemble pairs of old-fashioned Dutch pantaloons hanging upside-down from a clothesline. Each blossom's outer petals form a puffy 'V' shape that converges in a yellow-tipped base. The plant's feathery compound leaves look like fern fronds, changing color from gray-green to pale yellow before disappearing for the rest of the year. Dutchman's Breeches Is Stunning In Landscapes  Little Blue Staggers makes an attractive addition to many landscapes. The plant is especially well-suited to wildflower and woodland gardens and works well in areas shaded by mature trees. Its beautiful flowers, with their delicate and cheeky blossoms, will surely draw attention to your spring greenery. They should be planted in the fall. They grow from bulb-like underground plant structures called corms, which can multiply underground. Mature corms can be divided and transplanted to propagate new plants. It offers nectar to bumblebees, cuckoo bees, and other bees that feed through the plant's perforations as they pollinate the flowers. Ants also help propagate the plant by carrying its seeds into new territory. If you want to add beauty and a touch of humor to your garden, consider planting a few near your trees. These flowers are a sure way to welcome the first flush of spring.

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Virginia Bluebell - TN Nursery

Virginia Bluebell

Virginia Bluebell is a spring-blooming wildflower native to the United States recognized for its delicate, bell-shaped, sky-blue flowers forming clusters and carpeting the forest floor in early spring. It is a captivating perennial plant that offers numerous benefits when incorporated into landscaping designs. Its enchanting appearance and adaptability have made it a favorite among gardeners and landscapers. Virginia Bluebell produces Sky sky-blue bell-shaped flowers These flowers start as shades of pink and gradually transition to a soothing sky-blue hue, creating a stunning gradient effect that adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. The lush green foliage further complements the vibrant blooms, enhancing the overall visual impact. Besides its visual appeal, it is positively adjustable to various soil types, making it a perfect option for landscaping projects in multiple environments. Its preference for partially shaded to fully shaded areas makes it ideal for underplanting trees or placing them along the edges of woodland gardens. This versatility allows landscapers to create visually appealing designs catering to light conditions. Another benefit of incorporating them is their role in supporting local ecosystems. These plants are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies, making them valuable contributors to biodiversity. By attracting these pollinators, they aid in reproducing nearby plants and promote a healthier ecosystem within the landscape. They also require little maintenance, making them appealing to amateur and experienced gardeners. Once established, they require minimal care, allowing landscapers to focus on other design aspects. In conclusion, perennial plants offer a range of benefits that enhance the overall appeal and ecological value of landscaping projects. With their captivating appearance, adaptability to various environments, support for local wildlife, and low maintenance needs, these perennial plants are a valuable addition to any landscape design seeking a harmonious blend of beauty and functionality. Virginia Bluebell Is Known For Its Beauty  The Virginia Bluebell, or Mertensia virginica, is a stunning and delicate native wildflower that graces eastern North America's woodlands and meadows. This perennial plant, belonging to the Boraginaceae family, is renowned for its enchanting beauty and is often considered one of the most striking spring wildflowers in its native range. Standing at heights 1 to 2.5 feet, the wildflower is a herbaceous plant that emerges from the forest floor early to mid-spring. Its growth cycle is a true spectacle as it undergoes a remarkable transformation. Initially, the plant's lance-shaped leaves are tinged with an attractive reddish-purple hue, but as they unfurl, they transition to a soft, gray-green color, creating a stunning contrast with its vibrant blue flowers. The Virginia Bluebell Has Mesmerizing Fairy-Like Flowers The flowers themselves are the main attraction of the plant. They are composed of clusters of pendulous, trumpet-shaped blooms that are a breathtaking shade of sky blue or pale pink, depending on the soil conditions. These blossoms are unique because they start as pink buds, gradually shifting to their iconic blue hue as they mature. The floral clusters adorn the plant's upright stems, creating a sea of blue that sways gently in the spring breeze. One of their most remarkable aspects is their ability to thrive in shaded woodland areas. They are often found in the dappled sunlight beneath deciduous trees, creating a serene and ethereal ambiance in these natural settings. Their preference for moist, rich soils ensures they are frequently spotted along stream banks and low-lying areas. Aside from its visual appeal, it plays an essential ecological role. They provide nectar for early-emerging pollinators like bees and butterflies, helping to kickstart the pollination process for various plants in their ecosystem. In conclusion, the Virginia Bluebell symbolizes grace and fleeting beauty in the natural world. Its striking blue flowers and unique life cycle make it a beloved harbinger of spring, enriching the landscapes it graces and captivating all who have the privilege to witness its brief but glorious bloom.

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Black Cohosh - TN Nursery

Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh features large, dark green, and deeply divided leaves, adding elegance to any garden or landscape. The architectural quality of the foliage provides a dramatic backdrop for other flowering plants and serves as a focal point in shady areas. This native perennial plant has several pleasing attributes when incorporated into landscaping designs. This hardy and versatile plant is a buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) member and is known for its unique foliage, vibrant flower spikes, and ecological benefits. Black Cohosh is a perennial native to areas from Georgia to Missouri and southern Canada, making it well-suited for numerous environments. This stunning plant is also known as fairy candle, rattle-top, black snakeroot, and several other familiar names. With a closer look at this popular plant's beauty and functionality in your yard, this is the perfect addition to your space. Black Cohosh Has Thick Clustered Foliage  Black Cohosh is a gorgeous perennial with a distinctive style that features compound basal leaves growing in thick bushes and stalks rising above the green clumps. Yellow and white flowers open along the last several inches of the stalks, introducing a variety of natural hues to your garden. The flower stalks rise roughly a foot above the main leaf clusters for a standout look. Black Cohosh Has Fascinating Blooms Uniquely, this plant's flowers do not have petals like those of many flowering plants. Instead, each flower comprises 110 white stamens cropping out in all directions. At the center of this fascinating, ball-like cluster, a yellow center stabilizes its beauty. The flowers blossom from the end of spring through early summer, and the plant remains green through the fall months. The small flowers emit a distinctive, slightly sweet smell. This floral scent attracts natural pollinators to your yard, which supports a thriving ecosystem. Some of these pollinators include bees and butterflies. This plant is a natural and lovely option for people who want to attract pollinators. Black Cohosh Gets As Tall As 2 feet The base greenery of this flowering plant is relatively dense and reaches a height of almost two feet. In addition, the flowering stems rise more than three feet in the air in distinctive shoots. Because of how bushy and tall the greenery is and because the flowers rise above the bush, it is often used as a stunning backdrop in gardens with smaller plants.

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Mayapple - TN Nursery

Mayapple

Mayapple is a woodland perennial plant with distinctive, umbrella-like leaves and a single nodding white flower beneath its foliage. When pollinated, it produces small, edible fruit commonly found in shady forest environments. It is a fascinating native plant in North America with various landscaping benefits. Its unique appearance and adaptability can contribute to outdoor spaces' aesthetic and ecological aspects. Mayapple Has Stunning Drooping Blooms Mayapples yield drooping blooms ranging from white to rose throughout spring. Their leaves are broad and umbrella-shaped, with only one blossom per leaf axil. The flowers grow up to three inches wide. Each flower boasts white filaments, anywhere from six to nine waxy petals, double the number of stamens, six green petals, and yellow anthers. Because they are transient spring plants, they are only in bloom temporarily. Upon opening, the flower releases its petals. These plants can rise to a foot and a half tall. They produce a golden-colored fruit in late May. The fruit ripens in August. Provide a Haven for Pollinators With Mayapple It is easy to spot for pollinators because of its large, prominent blossoms. Its display of six to nine perfectly arranged petals adds to its attractiveness. This, combined with their abundance of pollen, makes them a haven for pollinators like bees and beetles. Their early spring blooming schedule coincides nicely with the pollinating needs of many early-emerging pollinators. Make Your Yard Healthier With Mayapple As a perennial, they improve the yard's health and biodiversity yearly. These plants have a natural look that adds shade and moisture to your yard or garden. Their roots can draw water up from deeper soil levels, which helps keep the topsoil from drying out too much. Their leaves unfold and swell when the weather gets warmer, transforming into pleated spirals adorned with delicate hair around their edges. These leaves transform into intricately lobed structures resembling umbrellas, functioning as efficient machines for photosynthesis.  Mayapple grows fast and in dense clusters, helping them outcompete many weed species by limiting their access to sunlight, water, and nutrients. Their extensively spreading roots add to their ability to restrict weed growth, and their allelopathic effects inhibit weed germination by acting as a natural herbicide. Once their leaves fall off, they decay and release vital nutrients into the soil, making it healthier and hindering weed growth.

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Tiger Lily - TN Nursery

Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily is a striking perennial plant with bold orange, spotted Turk's cap-shaped flowers and whorled, lance-shaped leaves. It is often grown for its vibrant and exotic appearance in gardens. It offers many benefits when incorporated into landscaping. Its captivating appearance, resilience, and ease of cultivation make it a favored choice among gardeners and landscape enthusiasts. Without delving into its applications in herbalism, let's explore how it enhances outdoor spaces through its aesthetic appeal, ecosystem contributions, and adaptability. Upgrade Your Landscape With TN Nursery Tiger Lily produces showy orange blossoms and tall, leafy stalks, making it a very impactful addition to any garden. This flower works well in lush beds of flowers since it can stand out from the rest of the plants. It grows in dense clusters that work well for things like tree borders and sidewalk accents. Any time you want to create a landscape with a combination of consistency and colors, this flower is the ideal choice. This plant is a favorite of gardeners everywhere for its stunning blossoms. Each flower is a six-petaled bloom with long, narrow petals that curve backward from the center. The flowers are bright orange with speckles of black running along the top of each petal, and the center contains a spray of long, dark orange stamens. The heavy blossoms tend to cause the supporting stalk to bend slightly, so they hang upside down with a beautiful bell-like appearance. The Appeal of Tiger Lily This plant has many other perks beyond its beautiful blossoms. The rest of the plant consists of a tall, narrow stalk with blade-like leaves that fan in regular rows around the stalk. Each stalk is relatively narrow and is usually only around 10 inches wide. These fascinating plants have a unique, vertical shape that helps them stand out from most traditional shrubs. The stalks grow in clumps, creating a vibrant, dramatic look for your landscape. Enjoy Tiger Lily Throughout 3 Seasons Tiger Lily keeps growing during every part of the year. Each spring, delicate green shoots peak through the soil. These stems keep growing upwards until they reach the plant's full height of around five feet. Starting in late summer, the signature orange blossoms of the plant begin to appear. Long after most other garden flowers have left, this plant keeps blooming. After finishing its blooming season in fall, leaves start to lighten and fall. The plants remain dormant bulbs over the winter before returning to their full glory in spring.

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Sweet Violet - TN Nursery

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet is a low-growing wildflower with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant, deep purple flowers often found in woodlands and gardens. They offer numerous benefits when incorporated into landscaping projects, enhancing outdoor spaces' visual appeal, ecological diversity, and sensory experience. This perennial flowering plant contributes to various dimensions of landscape design. Sweet Violet is a long-lived perennial wildflower that some people call "wild violet." The ancient Greeks revered the flower as a symbol of fertility and used it in love potions. Perfumers prize its sweet fragrance, and confectioners use it to add color and beauty to gourmet candies. Natural Habitat Of Sweet Violet Native to Europe and naturalized in the United States, it grows naturally in open deciduous woodlands and hedgerows. It appears along forest edges and adds bright springtime color to clearings, pastures, meadows, and swamps. The flower's blooming season typically starts in February and lasts through May. Appearance Of Sweet Violet  It grows in four-inch-tall rosettes. Its delicate, aromatic flowers are typically dark purplish-blue, but lilac, lavender, pink, and white variations are common. The tiny, five-petaled blossoms are about one inch across and slightly taller than they are wide. The foliage underneath the flowers consists of downy, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with toothed edges. Both the flowers and the leaves rise from horizontal runners. Sweet Violet Makes A Great Ground-Cover Gardeners frequently plant it to add color and greenery to their landscaping. This plant adds quiet charm to cottage gardens, woodland gardens, borders, and planters. It does well in flower beds and adds color underneath shrubs and trees. The cut flowers make lovely candies and decorations for desserts. Once established, it will spread out moderately, giving this plant a good ground cover in moist, sunny areas. You can propagate the plant with seeds or divide it late in the season after they stop flowering. Cut the runners and any spindly tendrils in late fall to encourage a bright show of blooms in spring. Though Sweet Violet grows close to the ground, the plants are an essential food source for pollinators like bees, butterflies, and moths. Woodland butterflies drink their nectar, and caterpillars eat their leaves. Songbirds and grazing animals enjoy eating the foliage and seeds, including rabbits, geese, woodchucks, and deer. When you want to add color and subtle beauty to your garden, planting it will help you welcome the spring season year after year.

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Creeping Buttercup - TN Nursery

Creeping Buttercup

Creeping Buttercup is a low-growing, perennial weed with bright yellow, glossy flowers and climbing stems, making it a favorite for low-maintenance landscaping. This versatile perennial herb, native to Europe and Asia, has attractive characteristics that make it a valuable addition to various garden settings. The creeping buttercup is a stunning perennial that introduces a whimsical look to your gardens. Because of its hardiness and adaptability, the plant, which is also called the sit fast and the crowfoot, grows wild in vast areas from northern Africa to Europe and Asia. Because of its impressive traits and aesthetics, it has been incorporated into yards far outside these areas. What can you expect when you add this plant to your landscape? Bright Golden Flowers Of The Creeping Buttercup This plant produces small, delicate flowers in the spring and summer seasons. When conditions are suitable, the flowers may also last through the early autumn months. The flowers grow up to 1.25 inches and show off golden petals, creating a pop of color that makes them a welcome addition to gardens and yards. The flowers grow on dense, sturdy, lightly grooved stems, adding character to their design. The yellow flowers are fragrant and glossy with substantial amounts of pollen. These traits attract abundant pollinators to the environment, including flies, bees, and fluttering butterflies. These pollinators promote the health of other plants that rely on them as part of their reproductive processes. In addition, the pollinators attracted by the pollinators bring different types of wildlife to your yard, including birds and leafhoppers. Fast Growth Of The Creeping Buttercup This plant can deliver results quickly in areas of your yard that desperately need vegetation and color. It proliferates by shooting off a dense, fast-growing network of runners and roots. In many yards, moist areas can be void of vegetation and detract from the otherwise lovely aesthetics of the space. However, this plant thrives in wet soils, making it suitable for filling moist areas with green and yellow hues. Light Reflection from The Creeping Buttercup The glossy petals naturally reflect light, creating a stunning, radiant look in your space. The flowers' reflection also supports the plant's reproductive process and aids in attracting wildlife to the space.

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