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. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia in bloom in perennial garden

    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green f...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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  2. Anise Hyssop Mango Tango, Agastache Mango Tango, close up of peach-pink flowers, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    As vivid as a summer sunset, luminescent 'Mango Tango' Hyssop features peach-pink flower spires accented by rose-colored calyxes in a tidy, compact form. Perfect for planters and ga...

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    Mango Tango Hyssop Mango Tango Hyssop PP#28747 Agastache Mango Tango PP#28747
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As vivid as a summer sunset, luminescent 'Mango Tango' Hyssop features peach-pink flower spires accented by rose-colored calyxes in a tidy, compact form. Perfect for planters and gardens where you can brush by the fragrant foliage and watch nectar-rich blooms draw butterflies from mid-summer until fall. This drought-tolerant plant is ideal for rock gardens, xeriscaping, and sun-drenched sites with well-drained soil. (Agastache)
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  3. Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus, Saccharum ravennae Erianthus

    Hardy Pampas Grass, or Ravenna Grass, makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. In autumn, leaves turn to bronze then red, ...

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    Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus Hardy Pampas Grass Saccharum ravennae Erianthus
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Hardy Pampas Grass, or Ravenna Grass, makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. In autumn, leaves turn to bronze then red, adding a layer of color and visual interest. Plant can reach up to 12 feet tall, perfect for creating living fences or adding privacy to the landscape. This cold-hardy, quick-growing grass can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion. (Saccharum ravennae)
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  4. 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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  5. Daybreak Coreopsis Li′l Bang™ Series, Coreopsis verticillata Daybreak Li'l Bang™ Series, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Though small in stature, Li'l Bang™ 'Daybreak' Coreopsis packs a powerful punch with a profusion of fiery yellow and red blooms. This low-maintenance, adaptable, drought-toleran...

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    Li'l Bang™ Daybreak Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Daybreak Coreopsis PP#26138 Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Daybreak PP#26138
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Though small in stature, Li'l Bang™ 'Daybreak' Coreopsis packs a powerful punch with a profusion of fiery yellow and red blooms. This low-maintenance, adaptable, drought-tolerant perennial features all the qualities you expect from Coreopsis in a versatile compact form. Liven up a border, edge a walkway, and make containers pop with this reliable pollinator-friendly perennial.
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  6. Hameln Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides

    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 fe...

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    Hameln Fountain Grass Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn, and finally, pale blonde in winter. 'Hameln' is a favorite for birds and resists hungry deer. A great match for late-season perennials and colorful shrubs in the mixed border, as well as cut or dried flower arrangements. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
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  7. Pink Sedum Autumn Joy, Sedum, Stonecrop

    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succu...

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    Autumn Joy Sedum Stonecrop Autumn Joy Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succulent foliage that pairs well with ornamental grasses and against the deep-green leaves of summer perennials. Easy to care for, very adaptable, and a popular stand-in for shrubs, this sedum lasts and lasts when other plants begin to wane. (Stonecrop)
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  8. Elijah Blue Fescue Grass, Festuca glauca

    'Elijah Blue' Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant 'Elijah Blue' in borders, r...

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    Elijah Blue Fescue Grass Elijah Blue Fescue Festuca glauca Elijah Blue
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Elijah Blue' Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant 'Elijah Blue' in borders, rock gardens, or as groundcover to create year-round visual interest in the garden. In late spring and early summer, blonde seed heads appear on tall stems. Compact forms are great for small gardens and containers, and wont overtake its companions in the garden. (Festuca glauca)
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  9. Gaillardia Goblin, Blanket Flower

    'Goblin' Gaillardia has daisy-like blooms with scarlet petals and fringed yellow tips. Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought, 'Goblin' blooms all summer delivering continuous...

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    Goblin Gaillardia Goblin Blanket Flower Gaillardia Goblin
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goblin' Gaillardia has daisy-like blooms with scarlet petals and fringed yellow tips. Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought, 'Goblin' blooms all summer delivering continuous, vibrant color. Highly attractive to pollinators. (Gaillardia)
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  10. White Shasta Daisy Snowcap, Leucanthemum close up flowers

    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)...

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    Snowcap Shasta Daisy Snowcap Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum Snowcap
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  11. Red Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades, Gaillardia, Blanket Flower

    With a little deadheading, Gallardia Arizona Red Shades will bloom all summer long, providing vibrant color to almost any perennial garden. Like all Gaillardia, this variety thrives ...

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    Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata Arizona Red Shades
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    With a little deadheading, Gallardia Arizona Red Shades will bloom all summer long, providing vibrant color to almost any perennial garden. Like all Gaillardia, this variety thrives in full sun and tolerates most soil types. It is unappealing to deer and rabbits, but attracts pollinators to the garden all season long. A dwarf variety, Arizona Red Shades grows to be only 12” tall and makes for the perfect border plant, container perennial, or small space staple. We love Gaillardia because it is so easy to grow and works really well in hard-to-maintain areas of our gardens.
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  12. Lesser Catmint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta, Photo Courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from earl...

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    Calamintha Lesser Catmint Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from early summer until fall, Calamintha attracts a host of pollinators. Drought tolerant plants spread gently and will drape over the edges of containers and rock walls, softening hard edges as a lovely filler, edging plant, or groundcover. (Calamintha nepeta)
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  13. Yellow Coreopsis Early Sunrise

    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora)...

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    Early Sunrise Coreopsis Early Sunrise Tickseed Coreopsis grandiflora Early Sunrise
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora)
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  14. New Vintage Violet™ Yarrow, Achillea New Vintage Violet™

    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate t...

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    New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow Achillea millefolium New Vintage™ Violet
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate texture to blooms that last from late spring to late summer. Remove spent blooms for a second late-season bloom. This native cultivar is deer resistant, and will attract pollinators in hot, dry, and sunny locations. (Achillea)
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  15. Red and Yellow Gaillardia Arizona Sun, Gaillardia, Blanket Flower

    Looking for bold, fiery color all season long? Arizona Sun’s bold red blooms are edged in bright yellow, making a fun and bright statement from early summer to fall. This easy-to-g...

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    Arizona Sun Gaillardia Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata Arizona Sun
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Looking for bold, fiery color all season long? Arizona Sun’s bold red blooms are edged in bright yellow, making a fun and bright statement from early summer to fall. This easy-to-grow perennial attracts goldfinches, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden. It won the All-American Selections Award in 2005 and we aren’t surprised! This hardy perennial is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and thrives in almost any growing condition. Once established, this perennial requires little care and maintenance to come back year after year. Arizona Sun’s bright blooms also make for spectacular bouquets!
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  16. Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium

    'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color th...

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    Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color than most of the species, and late summer brings slender deep-purple plumes atop the foliage for an added layer of color. In autumn, small, airy, silver-white seed heads glisten in the autumn sun, against foliage that shifts to a warm bronze-orange color. Leave standing over winter to enjoy the colors and textures. An outstanding choice for both formal structured mass plantings and natural-looking landscapes. An exceptionally cold-hardy grass. (Schizachyrium scoparium)
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  17. Primrose Blue Zebra, Primula acaulis Blue Zebra close-up

    Primrose Blue Zebra has unusual blue and white striped petals with a bright yellow center that are sure to catch your eye. Blue Zebra lives up to it's name and makes an incredible w...

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    Blue Zebra® Primrose Blue Zebra® Primrose Primula acaulis Blue Zebra®
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Primrose Blue Zebra has unusual blue and white striped petals with a bright yellow center that are sure to catch your eye. Blue Zebra lives up to it's name and makes an incredible woodland boarder, or line a path that wanders through the woods. Flowers will bloom in late spring and summer. (Primula acaulis)
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  18. Primrose Hethor Giant Mixture, Primula acaulis Hethor Giant Mixture

    Primrose Hethor Giant Mixture has striking colors of red, orange, yellow blue and white that blend together creating a blanket of color in the early spring to fall. Hethor Giant w...

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    Hethor Giant Primrose Mix Hethor Giant Primrose Mix Primula acaulis Hethor Giant
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Primrose Hethor Giant Mixture has striking colors of red, orange, yellow blue and white that blend together creating a blanket of color in the early spring to fall. Hethor Giant would be perfect for the edge of a woodland garden or in a container on a shady patio. (Primula acaulis)
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  19. Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close

    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost blac...

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    Big Blue Liriope Grass Big Blue Monkey Grass Liriope muscari Big Blue
    As low as $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black berries in fall. Plants tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to shade, clay to sandy soils, and wet or dry sites. Liriope provides excellent erosion control, and is often used as a lawn alternative or groundcover. Evergreen foliage in warm southern climates. Plants are rabbit and deer-proof, making 'Big Blue' an easy choice for the no-fuss gardener. (Liriope muscari)
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  20. Nepeta Junior Walker, Catmint Plant

    Nepeta Junior Walker™ blooms profusely all summer, painting the garden with spikes of lavender-blue blossoms that butterflies find irresistible. Fragrant, gray-green foliage and st...

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    Junior Walker Nepeta Junior Walker Catmint PP#23074 Nepeta faassenii Junior Walker PP#23074
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nepeta Junior Walker™ blooms profusely all summer, painting the garden with spikes of lavender-blue blossoms that butterflies find irresistible. Fragrant, gray-green foliage and sturdy stems form a low mound perfect for the front of borders and along walkways. Junior Walker™ is a sterile, compact form of Walker’s Low catmint. Deer resistant. (Nepeta x faassenii 'Novanepjun')
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  21. Gaillardia Arizona Apricot plant with yellow and red flowers

    Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower’s large flowers of yellow-tipped petals deepening to lush apricot make it a perfect addition to a perennial bed or garden. Its compact size and non-s...

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    Arizona Apricot Gaillardia Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata Arizona Apricot
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Arizona Apricot Blanket Flower’s large flowers of yellow-tipped petals deepening to lush apricot make it a perfect addition to a perennial bed or garden. Its compact size and non-stop blooms harmonize beautifully with the many purples of summer. Planted with Lavender, Salvia, or Catmint, this water-thrifty perennial is a perfect fit. (Gallardia)
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  22. Sedum Thunderhead PP24,693,Sedum

    Sedum Thunderhead has huge show stopping flower heads in a rich deep rose color that are supported by stout upright stems and complimented with grey-green foliage. This must have Sed...

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    Thunderhead Sedum Stonecrop Thunderhead PP#24693 Sedum x intermedia Thunderhead PP#24693
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sedum Thunderhead has huge show stopping flower heads in a rich deep rose color that are supported by stout upright stems and complimented with grey-green foliage. This must have Sedum will bring long-lasting color to your garden from summer and into fall. (Sedum)
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  23. Fountain Grass Karley Rose, Pennisetum orientale

    'Karley Rose' is the most famous Fountain Grass, known for its highly decorative rose-purple plumes that catch sunlight like no other. Excellent in containers and when planted en mas...

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    Karley Rose Fountain Grass Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass PP#12909 Pennisetum orientale Karley Rose PP#12909
    As low as $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Karley Rose' is the most famous Fountain Grass, known for its highly decorative rose-purple plumes that catch sunlight like no other. Excellent in containers and when planted en masse, 'Karley Rose' is a cold-hardy variety that holds its sprays of blooms throughout the season. Tolerant of both drought and partial shade, this fountain grass delivers plenty of winter interest and has no major pest or disease issues. PP#12909 (Pennisetum orientale)
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