Deer resistance


Grasses

 


Vines

 


Perennials

 


Deer resistance

There is nothing more frustrating than deer devouring your garden. Deer are a lot like people, they will try anything, especially if its new. So, while there are no plants that are 100% deer-proof here are some selections from our plant list that have proven to be less often on the menu.  Of course a fence is always the best defense. Tip: pay attention not just to the species but the genus as well. Though not 100% impervious, some are much less prone to consumption than others (see below).

More considerations:

Deer will seek out irrigated plants during the driest parts of the year (wouldn’t you?)


Newly installed plants are often more vulnerable. Its a deer- it can’t tell the difference between your new favorite plant or an offering of  food.


Deer will rut on plants, often small trees- they

should be protected if vulnerable. Surround with sheep wire to 6’ tall.


Deer do what nature tells them to do- not

to piss off gardeners- innovation and patience are your responsibility.


Shrubs

 

Bupleurum fruticosum

Callistemon

Choisya

Cistus

Corokia

Drimys

Erica

Grevillea

Halimium

Leptospermum

Lomatia

Mahonia

Olearia

Osmanthus

Phillyrea

Vaccinium

Brachyglottis

Arctostaphylos

Fremontodendron

Acanthus

Aquilegia

Athyrium

Cyclamen

Dierama

Digitalis

Epimedium

Euphorbia

Helianthemum

Iris

Oxalis

Phormium

Polystichum

Ranunculus

Schizostylus

Sisyrinchium

Verbascum

Zauschneria

Yucca

Kniphofia

Papaver

Jasminum

Holboellia

Trachelospermum


Trees

 

Cupressus

Genista aetnensis

Eucalyptus

Lagerstroemia

Persea yunnanensis

Anemanthele

Carex

Juncus

Sycopsis sinensis

Trachycarpus

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