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Deer Resistant Plants keep deer from eating what you have planted
For those of us who reside in communities populated with deer, finding plants that the beautiful but pesky critters leave alone remains a challenge. Our nursery provides gardeners with a wide variety of colorful and practical perennial plants that deer leave alone. Also, on top of being deer resistant, these plants attract butterflies and other desirable garden insects.
Deer Resistant Plants include Cone Flower and Red Cardinal Flower, along with many more
This hardy plant grows well in zones three through nine, and love light exposures from shade to full sun. Coneflowers grow up to a little less than three feet tall when mature, and look great in both formal and natural gardens. Plant a few for a pop of bright color or a full bed of Echinacea to enjoy their blossoms.
Red Cardinal Lobelia
This bright red beauty adds a lovely accent to your landscape design. Hardy from zones three to nine, the Red Cardinal Lobelia reaches a height of just under three feet tall. You can grow the Red Cardinal Lobelia by water gardens, ponds and in standard garden beds for a pop of vibrant red color.
Deer Resistant Plants are helpful to any type of garden
Halls Japanese Honeysuckle-Lonicera Japonica
Halls Japanese Honeysuckle not only looks and smells sweet but it's edible, too. This plant produces delicate yellow and white flowers that attract wildlife such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The deer strictly avoid eating the plant, however. The dainty flowers and the sweet perfume of the Halls Flowering Japanese Honeysuckle bloom in the spring, adding a welcome spot of color to a world that's greening up for the year.
Spotted Touch Me Not Plant- Impatiens Capensis
Spotted Touch Me Not produces small yellow flowers with orange spots. It blooms throughout the spring and summer and reaches about three feet in height. The unusual blossoms will cause your neighbors to comment and compliment these plants and their flowers. Spotted Touch Me Not is hardy from zones six through ten.
Ajuga Reptans Vine
The perennial Ajuga Reptans Vine is a gorgeous pinkish, purple, and white ground cover.
This vine is drought resistant, deficient maintenance, and deer resistant. This
plant does well in moist, well-drained areas. Transplant of this vine requires
digging up one or two roots and replanting. The leaves of this vine grow extremely close
together, allowing little to no room for weeds to grow. The short in stature
Ajuga does not require trimming or mowing. The Ajuga Reptans is perfect for
either sun or shade and provides a gorgeous colorful carpet for any outdoor
Autumn Blaze Maple
The Autumn Blaze Maple (Acer x freemanii) is a deciduous hybrid of the Red and Silver maple trees. It erupts in magnificently bright reds in the fall. It is an excellent shade tree. It does very well in warm climates and provides prolonged beauty in autumn by displaying a variety of red and orange color. It grows well under full sun. Once established, it requires only infrequent watering and can withstand drought conditions. This tree variety is less susceptible to disease and insects and is also deer resistant. Overall it is a clean tree, with no seed pod or flower cleanup necessary, only leaves dropping in the fall. The strength of its branches makes the tree resistant to wind and ice damage. The Autumn Blaze Maple may be planted in groupings or on their own. It proliferates, up to 4 feet in a year, and can reach a height of 50 tall and 40 feet wide. This tree can flourish in many soil conditions and a diverse range of climates; it can be grown in USDA plant hardiness zones 3-8. These trees have a typical life expectancy of 60 years.
The Beauty Bush is a graceful, free-flowering shrub, which offers profusions of bell-shaped flowers. The yellow throats of the flowers complement the pale to deep pink bells. These delicate, silky flowers appear in late spring to early summer, and they match nicely with the dark pink buds. The flowers are fragrant and attract pollinating insects, yet the plant is deer resistant. Birds dart in and out of the dense foliage, enjoying the cover the bush provides. Smooth, golden leaves, dipped in bronze, add beauty and texture when the bush is not in bloom. In fall, the golden leaves turn fiery orange and red. The flaky light-brown bark and weeping branches are showcased in the winter landscape. The bush makes an excellent privacy hedge or windbreak because it propagates by suckering. This shrub also makes a gorgeous specimen plant and looks lovely in woodland gardens.
Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa)
Black Cohosh is known as (Actaea racemosa) in the scientific world. It's part of the daffodil and buttercup family and is a native North American plant.
It's a fast-growing plant that can thrive in a variety of well-drained soil types. It's a beautiful flower that can adorn gardens and natural areas around your home. They do best in zones 4-9 and are fairly drought tolerant.
The Black Cohosh flower can grow anywhere between 12-24 inches tall. It blooms during June, July, and August, and last for three weeks. Its flowers don't have petals. Instead, they look like white cluster pearls.
They also, resemble a large candle that stands out nicely among summers blooms. They hold their color longer than other shade plants. Its stem is narrow and smooth and divides into three parts as it grows.
Its flowers have an unusual smell that some might say is unpleasant. It repels insects like bees, gnats, and flies. In the past black cohosh root was used to treat snakebites. It's also a pollinator and deer resistant.
One stalk can contain dozens of these peal like flowers. As it grows, it takes on a shade of green that gives it a unique appearance, though they tend to fall off shortly after the flowers bloom. Black cohosh is usually found in shaded to partially shaded areas, but it can grow in full sun as well.
This plant not only looks great in the yard but can be used medicinally as well. The extract of this unique plant is believed to help with inflammation and work as a sedative.
Women have been known to use it to help with painful menstrual symptoms and relax the muscles of the uterus. It can also be used to lessen cough spasms that come with bronchitis and pneumonia.
Blazing Star - Liatris spicata
The Blazing Star perennial is genuinely one of the most versatile and easy to grow plants that you could have in your garden producing flowers that are usually purple but can be found in rose or pink colors, as well as white. The blooms are quite beautiful, and the plants remain green throughout the growing period. Then, in the fall, the foliage of this beautiful plant turns to a rich bronze. The Liatris plant is a prairie wildflower and tolerates full sun perfectly. Some species of the plant can handle a bit of shade. The fact that they are a prairie plant makes them very tolerant of drought conditions, and they can tolerate cold as well. The plant can be from 1 to 5 feet tall and is very versatile in borders, beds and also in containers. They need to be planted 12 to 15 inches apart to allow room for growth, and usually, they will bloom the same year they are planted. The time from planting to blooming is around 70 to 90 days. When you first plant, make sure you water them as needed, but after a few weeks allow them to dry out before watering as they do not require a lot of water. One unusual trait of the Blazing Star is that the flowers grow from top to bottom, instead of the base to top as most plants do. The plant is sold as a corm (similar to a bulb) and will start sprouting in the spring and bloom in the late summer months. The beautiful flowers will attract butterflies, birds and are bee-friendly and if you are lucky enough to live in an area where deer come to visit, these plants are known to be deer resistant. Blazing Stars also make lovely fresh cut flowers and are very beautiful as dried flowers.
Cedar Tree - Cedrus. Cedar Trees are natives of the Mediterranean and the far west Himalayas. They have a pleasant smell due to their resinous wood. Cedars are coniferous trees that can grow up to sixty meters tall. They range in color due to the thickness of the wax layer on their needled leaves. They are medium to dark or bluish-green. Their wood is covered with thick, rough, and cracked bark. They are highly adaptive to mountainous areas and temperate forests. Cedars are farmed in climates that don't regularly fall below -13 degrees Fahrenheit. However, some species of cedars are heartier and can live in temperatures a few degrees lower. The Cedar tree has cones that are like those from fir trees. The cones on a cedar tree take about a year to fully mature. Their limbs hang flat and wide with spiral clusters of evergreen colored leaves.
The scientific name Cedrus is derived from the Latin word kédros. This is the same derivation that we get the phrase citron or citrus from. Cedars are closely related to Juniper trees, but not so close to the fir tree as initially thought. There are many other species of Cedar trees. These are all similar, yet from different areas of the world. Other species include Atlas, Cyprus, Deodar, Lebanon, and Turkish Cedar.
Cedar trees are used in horticulture. They're grown on tree farms and sold as a decoration for the holidays. They're used to make cedar chests, although in North America the Juniperus virginiana is used in their place. Juniperus virginiana is also known as the Red Cedar. Genuine Cedar trees are not native to North America. The foul-tasting resin from Cedarwood is used to repel moths from clothing. This is the origin of the Cedar's chest. Cedar is also a fast-burning wood that emits a sweet-smelling smoke.
Protect Your Garden With Deer Resistant Plants
Deer are beautiful creatures, but not when they're eating up your garden. Fortunately, there are a variety of plants that are resistant to these hungry critters' noshes and a few that actively repel them. If deer like to snack on your flowers, fruits, and shrubs, use these deer-resistant plants to keep Bambi at bay.
Black cohosh, also called black snakeroot, and fairy candle is a tall plant that produces graceful white flowers and is native to North America. The bulbs emit a pleasant fragrance, and the plant is resistant to both deer and rabbits. Black cohosh also has many medicinal uses, such as reducing inflammation and suppressing coughs.
If you're looking for a hardy groundcover or climbing vine that deer won't touch, consider Hall's Japanese Honeysuckle. It features fragrant yellow flowers that appear with full sun exposure and last from May to the first frost. This plant does best in zones four through ten.
Bushes and Shrubs
The beauty bush is an ornamental shrub that grows delicate, bell-shaped pink flowers, and its weeping branches also look lovely in winter. Use it as a hedge around your garden to keep deer away from your other plants. Just don't confuse beauty bush with the American beautyberry, an attractive treat for deer.
English boxwood is a popular evergreen that makes an excellent deer barrier. It does well in both full sunlight and shade and can handle colder climates. This versatile shrub can be trimmed into a variety of shapes and heights, which makes it a favorite of topiary artists.
You may not think about trees when it comes to deer-resistant plants. However, deer love to eat woody plants in the fall and winter months and sometimes even decimate buds before they can open in the spring. Deer can also make quick work of picking fruits off trees.
Cedar, a fragrant evergreen most commonly used for wood and Christmas trees, is a tree that deer hate. Consider planting them among fruit trees to keep the deer from pilfering your apples and plums. The autumn blaze maple is another deer resistant tree that shows a gorgeous red color when its leaves turn in the fall.
Many of the aromatic herbs that humans enjoy are unpalatable or downright offensive to deer. Deer find Mediterranean herbs like sage and oregano particularly unpleasant. They are also put off by lavender, mint, and dill. Catnip is another good deer deterrent, but keep in mind that your garden may become invested by feral felines instead.
To make the most of an herb's deer-repelling qualities, install patches of them around other plants, such as strawberries and roses, that you want to protect. You can also use essential oils from these herbs along fences to further repel deer.
Consider combining deer resistant plants with other measures like tall barrier fences and ultrasonic deer repelling devices to provide your garden with extra protection. With careful planning, you can enjoy the beauty of both your garden and the deer.