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Choosing Deer Resistant Plants

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Deer are a major pest in suburban gardens. Deer graze on a multitude of plants that we grow in our home landscapes. Using deer repellent products can be laborious and expensive. There are a number of ways to reduce deer damage on our plants. Remember, if deer are hungry enough, they may eat just about any plant.

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Avoid growing deer susceptible plants. Some of their favorites include:

 

Daylily

Hosta

Tulip

Oakleaf Hydrangea

Dogwoods

Redbuds

Phlox

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Choose plants that are very resistant to deer grazing:

 

Most herbs; Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Germander etc.

American Beautyberry shrub

Black-Eyed Susan

Bottlebrush Buckeye

Camellia

Daphne

Daffodil

Coastal Leucothoe

Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)

European Ginger

Most all ferns; Japanese Painted fern, Sensitive Fern, Christmas Fern etc.

Illicium

Lambs Ear

Leopard Plant (Ligularia)

Mahonia (Soft Caress)

Oriental Fountain Grass

Russian Sage (Perovskia)

Most Salvias

Smokebush

Spurges (Euphorbias)

Sweet Box

Tickseed (Coreopsis)

Winterberry

Yucca

Congratulations! You did it! Sit back and enjoy your new lawn addition!

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