Deer Resistant Perennials

Deer Resistant Perennials

Keep the deer away with fragrant perennials

Most deer-resistant plants are very fragrant, an attribute that is highly appealing to gardeners, but a huge turn-off to deer (rabbits, woodchucks, and other critters often feel the same). If you have high "deer pressure" in your neighborhood, the flowers listed here are a great place to start when designing a garden that will succeed without being munched on.

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  1. Orange Butterfly Weed With Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias tuberosa

    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soi...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Long-lasting clusters of small, flat-topped flowers are crowned with a yellow, sun-kissed "corona" and bloom from June through August. Butterfly Weed is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and its leaves provide essential food for developing Monarch caterpillars - but expect to see a variety of pollinators making use of this plant. Please note the Bag of 3 are bareroots. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  2. Bamly Purple Bee Balm, Monarda Balmy Purple, Photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    The vivid magenta blooms of 'Balmy™ Purple' Bee Balm will be abuzz with activity as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds gather to sip abundant nectar. Attractive disease-resistan...

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    Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm Balmy™ Purple Bee Balm PP#25561 Monarda Balmy™ Purple PP#25561
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The vivid magenta blooms of 'Balmy™ Purple' Bee Balm will be abuzz with activity as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds gather to sip abundant nectar. Attractive disease-resistant foliage and compact size make 'Balmy™ Purple' Bee Balm an ideal front-of-the border accent and stunning container plant. Fragrant flowers and foliage readily naturalize to form a beautiful swath of color. (Monarda)
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  3. Soulmate Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

    'Soulmate' Swamp Milkweed is an essential North American native that provides vital food for developing Monarch butterflies. Cherry pink flowers with white centers emanate a sweet va...

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    Soulmate Swamp Milkweed Swamp Milkweed Soulmate Asclepias incarnata Soulmate
    As low as $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Soulmate' Swamp Milkweed is an essential North American native that provides vital food for developing Monarch butterflies. Cherry pink flowers with white centers emanate a sweet vanilla fragrance that calls in countless other pollinators. Beyond its beautiful color and sweet scent, this compact milkweed tolerates moist soils and is a great choice for small-space gardens. Deer resistant. (Asclepias incarnata)
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  4. Red Hot Poker Alcazar, Kniphofia

    'Alcazar' Red Hot Poker brings warm, fiery color to the garden with its vibrant flower spikes. Each flame-like bloom is formed with dangling red-orange buds that open from bottom to ...

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    Red Hot Poker Alcazar Alcazar Torch Lily, Poker Plant Kniphofia Alcazar
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Alcazar' Red Hot Poker brings warm, fiery color to the garden with its vibrant flower spikes. Each flame-like bloom is formed with dangling red-orange buds that open from bottom to top, revealing faded yellow interiors. A favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies, this unusual plant is easy to grow, perfect for beginner gardeners. Requires full sun. (Kniphofia)
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  5. Butterfly Weed Hello Yellow, Asclepias tuberosa

    'Hello Yellow' Butterfly Weed was developed from the native Butterfly Weed and has golden clusters of flowers. Typical of Butterfly Weed, 'Hello Yellow' has narrow green leaves that ...

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    Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Hello Yellow Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
    As low as $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Hello Yellow' Butterfly Weed was developed from the native Butterfly Weed and has golden clusters of flowers. Typical of Butterfly Weed, 'Hello Yellow' has narrow green leaves that serve as an important food source for Monarch caterpillars. Many pollinators will be attracted to the flowers as they bloom from July through August. Drought tolerant and easy to grow in your sunny butterfly garden. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  6. Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, Photo Credit Darlene Williams

    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms...

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    Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed Swamp Milkweed Ice Ballet Asclepias incarnata Ice Ballet
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms also attract and support a crowd of other pollinators. While many Swamp Milkweeds make their homes in wetlands, 'Ice Ballet' thrives in drier soils. (Asclepias incarnata)
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  7. Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler, Lonicera sempervirens

    Fast growing 'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle's blooms are true red and plentiful, appearing with enthusiasm throughout the summer season. This variety is resistant to powdery mildew and ...

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    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Fast growing 'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle's blooms are true red and plentiful, appearing with enthusiasm throughout the summer season. This variety is resistant to powdery mildew and can even hold its own in humid environments, where it still presents fresh-looking foliage to accompany its clusters of tubular flowers. Vining and growing to 8-10' tall, 'Major Wheeler' is a non-aggressive, non-invasive honeysuckle that needs the support of a trellis, cage or fence to wind and wrap itself around. Right at home in containers and tolerant of partial shade, plant this one to attract hummingbirds. (Lonicera sempervirens)
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  8. Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood, Cornus stolonifera Baileyi, close up of white flowers

    One of the best native shrubs for four-season visual interest, Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood is impressive and hardy, tolerating unpredictable spring weather and wet soil. Deep green lea...

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    Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood Cornus stolonifera Baileyi
    As low as $27.98 Sale $13.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    One of the best native shrubs for four-season visual interest, Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood is impressive and hardy, tolerating unpredictable spring weather and wet soil. Deep green leaves with red stems add attractive contrast to the spring and summer garden, with white flower clusters and pale-blue-green-to-white berries. Autumn brings golden foliage, which falls to reveal bold red stems for its signature winter color.(Cornus)
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  9. Purple Foxglove Dalmation Rose, Digitalis, Foxglove

    This easy-to-grow Foxglove variety is an early-bloomer, adding gorgeous purple color to the late spring garden. Dalmation Rose is deer resistant and makes for gorgeous spring bouquet...

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    Dalmation Rose Foxglove Dalmation Rose Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Dalmation Rose
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This easy-to-grow Foxglove variety is an early-bloomer, adding gorgeous purple color to the late spring garden. Dalmation Rose is deer resistant and makes for gorgeous spring bouquets. (Digitalis purpurea)
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  10. Eupatorium Baby Joe, Joe Pye Weed with Coreopsis

    'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is the solution for butterfly lovers short on space in the garden. This compact variety grows to a manageable 2-3’ tall and limits its spread. 'Baby J...

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    Baby Joe Dwarf Pye Weed Dwarf Pye Weed Baby Joe PP#20320 Eupatorium dubium Baby Joe PP#20320
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is the solution for butterfly lovers short on space in the garden. This compact variety grows to a manageable 2-3’ tall and limits its spread. 'Baby Joe' has gorgeous purple blooms that add sweet fragrance to the late-season garden, supplying butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees with vital nectar. Deer resistant. (Eupatorium dubium) PP#20320
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  11. Pink Foxglove Candy Mountain, Digitalis purpurea, Foxglove

    'Candy Mountain' Foxglove makes a showy display with rose-pink flowers on strong, four foot stalks that emerge from a large rosette of soft foliage. The upward facing blooms reveal ...

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    Candy Mountain Foxglove Candy Mountain Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Candy Mountain
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Candy Mountain' Foxglove makes a showy display with rose-pink flowers on strong, four foot stalks that emerge from a large rosette of soft foliage. The upward facing blooms reveal pale pink throats with burgundy spots. This foxglove is a biennial and will bloom the first year, but let seeds fall to produce more amazing flowers in seasons to come! (Digitalis purpurea)
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  12. Cinderella Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

    'Cinderella' Swamp Milkweed's vanilla-scented flowers are a treat for the senses. Deep pink petals with white centers bloom in 2” wide clusters. Compact in form, 'Cinderella' makes...

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    Cinderella Swamp Milkweed Cinderella Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Cinderella
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Cinderella' Swamp Milkweed's vanilla-scented flowers are a treat for the senses. Deep pink petals with white centers bloom in 2” wide clusters. Compact in form, 'Cinderella' makes an excellent choice for small, sunny gardens and performs well in low spots and moist areas. Like all swamp milkweeds, 'Cinderella' is a vital host plant for Monarchs, providing essential food and habitat for both the growing caterpillars and adult butterflies. (Asclepias incarnata)
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  13. Purple Butterfly Bush Black Knight, Buddleia

    'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Intensely fragrant and attractive to pollinators, 'Black Knight' is perfect...

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    Black Knight Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Black Knight Buddleia davidii Black Knight
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Intensely fragrant and attractive to pollinators, 'Black Knight' is perfect for planting outside a window for a delightful show of butterflies and hummingbirds. Easy to grow, deer-resistant, and useful when planted as a hedge or privacy screen. (Buddleia davidii)
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  14. Foxglove Foxy Hybrids, Digitalis purpurea, Foxglove

    The Foxy Hybrids Foxglove Mix blooms in soothing pastel shades of pink, purple yellow, cream and white all with burgundy, spotted throats. This foxglove blooms the first season from ...

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    Foxy Hybrids Foxglove Mix Foxy Hybrids Foxglove Mix Digitalis purpurea Foxy Hybrids Mix
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The Foxy Hybrids Foxglove Mix blooms in soothing pastel shades of pink, purple yellow, cream and white all with burgundy, spotted throats. This foxglove blooms the first season from seed so plants are shorter and sturdier. Deer resistant and able to handle part-shade, foxglove make great edging plants along woodland areas where they may naturalize. Best known as a popular bouquet flower and for its ability to attract hummingbirds. (Digitalis purpurea)
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  15. Yarrow Summer Berries, Achillea millefolium, Yarrow

    Summer Berries Yarrow brings a colorful surprise to your garden with blooms of either gold, pink or red. A hardy perennial known for its ability to attract butterflies, bees, and bi...

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    Summer Berries Yarrow Summer Berries Yarrow Achillea millefolium Summer Berries
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Summer Berries Yarrow brings a colorful surprise to your garden with blooms of either gold, pink or red. A hardy perennial known for its ability to attract butterflies, bees, and birds is a must-have for every sunny, dry garden. Bursts of tightly packed flowerheads float above fern-like foliage and add unique texture to fresh and dried bouquets. We suggest planting in odd-numbered groups of 3 or 5 to achieve a bright blend of color. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Achillea millefolium)
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  16. Green Twister Echinacea

    Coneflower ‘Green Twister’s’ eye-popping lime green blooms with magenta purple centers are a true garden stand out. ‘Green Twister’s’ petals curve gently forward giving t...

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    Green Twister Echinacea Green Twister Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Green Twister
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
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    Coneflower ‘Green Twister’s’ eye-popping lime green blooms with magenta purple centers are a true garden stand out. ‘Green Twister’s’ petals curve gently forward giving them a decidedly different look that adds to its allure. Your garden will shout with uniqueness with ‘Green Twister’! Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love this easy to grow, water-thrifty perennial. (Echinacea)
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  17. Orange Foxglove Apricot Beauty, Digitalis purpurea

    'Apricot Beauty' Foxglove produces gorgeous, pastel apricot-pink blooms with spotted and speckled interiors. Bell-shaped flowers dangle off tall, sturdy spires that form atop foliag...

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    Apricot Beauty Foxglove Apricot Beauty Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Apricot Beauty
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Apricot Beauty' Foxglove produces gorgeous, pastel apricot-pink blooms with spotted and speckled interiors. Bell-shaped flowers dangle off tall, sturdy spires that form atop foliage-rich plants. Plant this biennial beauty in the back border of any sunny or partially sunny area and it will bloom throughout the summer. (Digitalis)
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  18. Yarrow Moonshine, Achillea

    Moonshine is a golden yarrow that covers itself with flowers on a plant to 18 or 24 inches tall. Silvery foliage. (Achillea)...

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    Moonshine Yarrow Moonshine Yarrow Achillea Moonshine
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    Moonshine is a golden yarrow that covers itself with flowers on a plant to 18 or 24 inches tall. Silvery foliage. (Achillea)
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  19. Heat Wave Hyssop, Agastache Heat Wave

    Heat Wave Hyssop (also known as Agastache or Hummingbird Mint) ignites the garden with sizzling spikes of magenta-pink flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies simply adore. Blossom...

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    Heat Wave Hyssop Heat Wave Hyssop Agastache Heat Wave
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
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    Heat Wave Hyssop (also known as Agastache or Hummingbird Mint) ignites the garden with sizzling spikes of magenta-pink flowers that hummingbirds and butterflies simply adore. Blossoms blaze through the summer heat, shining against a backdrop of fragrant, blue-green foliage. Plant this water-wise selection at the back of mix beds and borders for a lasting one-two punch of color. (Agastache hybrid)
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  20. Yarrow New Vintage Rose PP25,712, Achillea New Vintage Rose PP25,712

    Pink Yarrow New Vintage Rose has lovely bright pink rose flowers with creamy white eyes making this yarrow a must have in your garden. This sun loving perennial has no gap between ...

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    New Vintage® Rose Yarrow New Vintage® Rose Yarrow PP#25712 Achillea millefolium New Vintage® Rose PP#25712
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    Pink Yarrow New Vintage Rose has lovely bright pink rose flowers with creamy white eyes making this yarrow a must have in your garden. This sun loving perennial has no gap between it's blooms and foliage, and holds it's color while it blooms all summer long. New Vintage Rose is a great food source for pollinators and will attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Great for containers, and cut flowers this fast grower is sure to satisfy. (Achillea)
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  21. Honeysuckle Vine Scentsation, Lonicera periclymenum

    Add incredible fragrance and beauty to your trellises, arbors and buildings with European honeysuckle cultivar ‘Scentsation.’ Lemony-cream flower clusters appear on this deciduou...

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    Scentsation Honeysuckle Vine Honeysuckle Vine Scentsation P#16240 Lonicera periclymenum Scentsation PP#16240
    $39.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Add incredible fragrance and beauty to your trellises, arbors and buildings with European honeysuckle cultivar ‘Scentsation.’ Lemony-cream flower clusters appear on this deciduous deep-green vine throughout summer which then become scarlet fall berries. Not invasive. Pollinator and hummingbird magnet. Average sunny soils with good moisture retention are the right match for this award-winning climbing plant. (Lonicera periclymenum)
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  22. Red Yarrow Paprika, Achillea millefolium, Yarrow

    'Paprika' yarrow gives you sprays of crimson red blooms with yellow centers over aromatic, fern-like foliage. Long-lasting flowers fade to a dusty rose color over the course of the ...

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    Paprika Yarrow Paprika Yarrow Achillea millefolium Paprika
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Paprika' yarrow gives you sprays of crimson red blooms with yellow centers over aromatic, fern-like foliage. Long-lasting flowers fade to a dusty rose color over the course of the season. Growing up to 24 inches tall, vigorous 'Paprika' is an excellent choice for dry sites and poor soils. (Achillea millefolium)
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  23. Yarrow Little Moonshine PPAF, Achillea Little Moonshine

    'Little Moonshine' Yarrow is a bright burst of canary-yellow flowers that will bring cheer to your sunny garden. Little Moonshine is a petite beauty that is perfect for small garden...

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    Little Moonshine Yarrow Little Moonshine Yarrow (Patent Pending) Achillea Little Moonshine (Patent Pending)
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Little Moonshine' Yarrow is a bright burst of canary-yellow flowers that will bring cheer to your sunny garden. Little Moonshine is a petite beauty that is perfect for small garden spaces and containers. Expect to enjoy these clusters of yellow blooms from spring until fall making this compact perennial a top performer. (Achillea)
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  24. Pink Foxglove Camelot Lavender, Digitalis, Foxglove

    'Camelot Lavender' Foxglove adds elegance and charm to the summer garden with large, lilac-colored flowers and maroon-speckled interiors. A butterfly and hummingbird magnet, 'Camelot...

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    Camelot Lavender Foxglove Camelot Lavender Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Camelot Lavender
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Camelot Lavender' Foxglove adds elegance and charm to the summer garden with large, lilac-colored flowers and maroon-speckled interiors. A butterfly and hummingbird magnet, 'Camelot Lavender' is the perfect choice for planting near your favorite sitting spot in any sunny to partly-shaded garden. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Digitalis)
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