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Deer Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants

Deer will eat anything in the perennial garden if they are hungry enough. However, a garden composed of deer proof flowers, ferns, and ornamental grass plants will have greatly reduced or insignificant damage.

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Our list of deer proof plants (mainly perennials) is based on our own experiences and also compiled from online garden plant sources around the country, but we cannot guarantee that your deer will comply with these rules...keep in mind deer are like people at a buffet, each has a different palette. And of course, deer don't read online lists of deer resistant flowers so bucks and does do not know which plants deer won't eat.

Deer will eat, or at least nibble on anything in the perennial garden (including the normally deer-resistant ferns and ornamental grasses) if they are hungry enough. However, a garden composed of deer proof flowers, ferns, and ornamental grass plants will have greatly reduced or insignificant damage.

Deer browse is worse if you use chemical fertilizers and force lush new plant growth, so stick to organic fertilizers. We recommend black deer netting as the only sure deer repellent for your plants (www.bennersgardens.com). Whether you are looking for deer proof perennials for shade or sun, we have a nice selection for you to choose from. Our deer tolerant plants can save you from lots of headaches in the garden.

Check out our article on Deer Resistant Perennials which goes into more detail on plants that deer will not eat.

Top 5 deer resistant shade plants

  1. Amorphophallus
  2. Aspidistra
  3. Helleborus
  4. Illicium
  5. Ruscus

Top 5 deer resistant sun plants

  1. Agave
  2. Allium
  3. Brugmansia
  4. Colocasia
  5. Euphorbia