Deer Resistant Gardens & Plants

Note: Using plants in this list does not guarantee against deer damage and grazing in your garden. Just like people, deer have different tastes and preferences too. So the best approach is to avoid feeding the deer, use deer resistant plants and environmentally safe repellants, and install fencing.

* Indicates plants most frequently agreed to be deer resistant

Deer Resistant Annuals

Ageratum*
Allyssum
Cleome*
Dusty Miller
Lantana*
Nicotania
Plectranthus
Salvia
Snapdragon
Vinca Vine
Zinnia

Deer Resistant Bulbs

Allium
Chionodoxa
Colchicum
Daffodil*
Glanthus ‘Snowdrops’
Grape Hyacinth
Hyacinthoides
Lecojum
Pushkinia

Deer Resistant Groundcovers

Ajuga*
Convallaria*
Galium
Lamiastrum
Lamium
Vinca Minor
Pachysandra

Deer Resistant Ferns

Japanese Painted Fern
Wood Fern
Ostrich Fern
Sensitive Fern
Cinnamon Fern
Royal Fern
Christmas Fern

Deer Resistant Ornamental Grasses

Miscanthus*
Pennisetum*
Arundo
Sporobolis
Panicum*
Calamagrostis
Carex
Saccharum

Deer Resistant Vines

Bignonia
Campsis
Clematis
Lonicera
Wisteria

Deer Resistant Shrubs

Abelia
Aesculus
Barberyy*
Buddleia*
Callicarpa
Calycanthus
Caryopteris*
Cotinus
Forsythia
Hypericum
Lespedeza ‘Gibralter’
Lindera
Myrica*
Rhus ‘Gro-Low’
Spirea*
Symphoricarpus
Vitex*
Yucca

Deer Resistant Evergreen Shrubs

Boxwood*
Cephalotaxus*
Inkberry Holly
Juniper – Low Growing
Mugo Pine*

Deer Resistant Evergreen Trees

Magnolia ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’
Picea Abies
PiceaPungens
Psuedotsuga

Deer Resistant Sun Perennials

Achillia*
Aesclepia
Alchemilla
Amsonia
Aquilegia
Artemesia*
Aster ‘Lady in Red’
Aster ‘Raydons Fav’
Asteromoea
Baptisia
Bee Balm
Calamintha
Coreopsis
Crocosmia
Dianthus ‘Baths Pink’*
Dianthus ‘Firewitch’*
Dianthus ‘Mountain Mist’*
Euphorbia Myrsinites
Euphorbia Robbiae
Geranium ‘Biokova’
Geranium Sanguineum
Iris*
Lavender*
Liatrus
Oenothera
Peony*
Perovskia*
Salvia*
Solidago
Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’*
Thymus Serphyllum*
Veronica

Deer Resistant Shade Perennials

Aquilegia
Brunnera*
Chelone
Dicentra
Epimedium
Galium*
Helleborus*
Heuchera
Lamium
Lamiastrum
Pulmonaria
Tiarella

 

Plants that Deer Love the Most

Arborvitea
Day Lily
Euonymus
Holly – Blue & China
Hosta
Impatiens
Oakleaf Hydrangea
Phlox Paniculata
Rhododendron
Roses
Scabiosa
Sedum
Taxus
Tulips
White Pine