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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Red Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood, Sedum spurium, Stonecrop

    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with v...

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    Dragon's Blood Sedum Stonecrop Dragon's Blood Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with vivid red, starry flowers in late summer. Foliage turns crimson with the arrival of cool weather. 'Dragon's Blood' makes an excellent groundcover owing to its spreading habit and tolerance of dry soils. (Sedum spurium)
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  8. Purpleicious Veronica, Speedwell

    Purpleicious' Vernonica (also called Speedwell) brings intense violet color to the summer garden on fragrant, tapered spikes. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Purpleiciou...

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    Purpleicious Veronica Speedwell Purpleicious PP#17639 Veronica Purpleicious PP#17639
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Purpleicious' Vernonica (also called Speedwell) brings intense violet color to the summer garden on fragrant, tapered spikes. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Purpleicious' is overlooked by both deer and rabbits. Growing to only about 20” tall atop clumps of 6-8" mounded, green foliage, plant this one in a container or border garden for a gorgeous, fragrant statement. PP#17639 (Veronica)
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  9. 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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  10. White Flame Dwarf Garden Phlox in container garden, Phlox paniculata White Flame

    White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped bl...

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    White Flame® Phlox White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox PP#16,259 Phlox paniculata White Flame®
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
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    White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped blossoms top the strong 12-18” stems, attracting butterflies, bees, and moths. The deep green lanceolate foliage of White Flame® provides a backdrop for this native stunner, and shows strong mildew resistance. Pure white flowers on tall stems make beautiful cut flowers, and deadheading will encourage more blooming. An excellent option for small gardens and tight spaces, or anywhere you’d like to add a bright spot in a sunny garden! (Phlox paniculata)
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  11. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  12. Lamium maculatum Golden Anniversary, Golden Anniversary Dead Nettle with pink blooms and tri-colored variegated foliage

    ‘Golden Anniversary’ Lamium, also known as Dead Nettle, brings unique color to the shade garden with tri-colored variegated foliage and pink flowers. Each deep green leaf has a s...

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    Golden Anniversary Lamium Golden Anniversary Dead Nettle PP#11,783 Lamium maculatum Golden Anniversary PP#11,783
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Golden Anniversary’ Lamium, also known as Dead Nettle, brings unique color to the shade garden with tri-colored variegated foliage and pink flowers. Each deep green leaf has a silver center stripe and bright chartreuse edges. The petite scalloped foliage lends interesting texture to the garden, perfect for ground cover, borders, pathways, slopes, and woodland gardens. Masses of small pink blooms rise above the foliage in mid-spring, and return on and off again through autumn. (Lamium maculatum ‘Dellam’)
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  13. Arctic Fire Dianthus, Dianthus deltoide, Garden Pinks

    Arctic Fire Dianthus blossoms shine with brilliant ruby-red eyes glowing against dazzling white petals. Commonly known as Garden Pinks, plants explode with a profusion of flowers in ...

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    Arctic Fire Dianthus Arctic Fire Dianthus Dianthus deltoide
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Arctic Fire Dianthus blossoms shine with brilliant ruby-red eyes glowing against dazzling white petals. Commonly known as Garden Pinks, plants explode with a profusion of flowers in late spring and early summer, carpeting the ground and drawing butterflies to the garden. Dense mats of evergreen foliage provide lush groundcover along walkways and garden borders. Deer resistant. (Dianthus deltoides)
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  14. Red Fox Veronica, Speedwell

    'Red Fox’ Veronica's fuchsia-red spikes are offset by its bright green foliage, creating a vibrant statement in the late season garden. The tall, arching flowers shoot upwards from...

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    Red Fox Veronica Speedwell Red Fox Veronica spicata Red Fox
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Red Fox’ Veronica's fuchsia-red spikes are offset by its bright green foliage, creating a vibrant statement in the late season garden. The tall, arching flowers shoot upwards from dense mounds of foliage, attracting butterflies and hummngbirds to their long-lasting blooms. Gorgeous in perennial borders and when cut for bouquets. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Veronica spicata)
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  15. 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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  16. Desert Coral Coreopsis, Coreopsis hybrid

    Desert Coral Coreopsis (Tickseed) produces sprays of gorgeous two-tones blooms month after month from early summer through autumn. Warm sunny blooms have a darker coral-red center, f...

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    Desert Coral Coreopsis Desert Coral Tickseed Coreopsis Desert Coral
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Desert Coral Coreopsis (Tickseed) produces sprays of gorgeous two-tones blooms month after month from early summer through autumn. Warm sunny blooms have a darker coral-red center, fading to peach along the tips. Blooms invite butterflies and bees to the garden. Cut flowers last up to two weeks in the vase. Cold hardy, low maintenance, and reliable. (Coreopsis hybrid)
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  17. Red Black Eyed Susan Cherry Brandy, Rudbeckia hirta, Black Eyed Susan or Gloriosa Daisy

    Cherry Brandy is a hybrid with vivid red, soft petals that deepen towards the rich, brown center. A long-lasting bloomer, this Rudbeckia will produce striking blooms throughout the s...

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    Cherry Brandy Black Eyed Susan Cherry Brandy Black Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy Rudbeckia hirta Cherry Brandy
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cherry Brandy is a hybrid with vivid red, soft petals that deepen towards the rich, brown center. A long-lasting bloomer, this Rudbeckia will produce striking blooms throughout the summer and into the fall. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum, Stonecrop

    SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum adds drama to the garden with intense plum-blue foliage that holds color all year long. Late summer brings a stunning display of vibrant pink blooms sw...

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    SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Stonecrop SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum adds drama to the garden with intense plum-blue foliage that holds color all year long. Late summer brings a stunning display of vibrant pink blooms swaying in clusters against the dark foliage. Butterflies adore the showy blooms of this perennial plant. A short, upright habit ideal for covering ground along walkways and planting in front of mixed borders. (Sedum hybrid)
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  21. Coral Bells Palace Purple, Heuchera

    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. (Heuchera micrantha)...

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    Palace Purple Coral Bells Palace Purple Coral Bells Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. (Heuchera micrantha)
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  22. Dianthus Fire Star, Dianthus

    Fire Star Dianthus blooms from late spring to fall. The red blooms are fragrant, and make for an excellent low maintenance border or ground cover. Cut back after flowering and it ...

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    Fire Star Dianthus Fire Star Alpine Pinks PP#14895 Dianthus Fire Star PP#14895
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Fire Star Dianthus blooms from late spring to fall. The red blooms are fragrant, and make for an excellent low maintenance border or ground cover. Cut back after flowering and it will re-bloom in the fall. Fire Star thrives in hot dry sites or gravelly soils. Perfect for slopes and rock gardens. (Dianthus)PP#14895
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  23. Li'l Bang Starlight Coreopsis with Red and White Blooms, Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

    Li'l Bang™ ‘Starlight’ Coreopsis packs plenty of personality into a small package, shimmering with season-long blooms from summer to fall. Pure white serrated petals are accent...

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    Li'l Bang™ Starlight Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Starlight Tickseed PP#28,005 Coreopsis verticillata Li'l Bang™ Starlight PP#28,005
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
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    Li'l Bang™ ‘Starlight’ Coreopsis packs plenty of personality into a small package, shimmering with season-long blooms from summer to fall. Pure white serrated petals are accented with unique markings in magenta and gold, giving flowers a star-like effect. Sweet nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden. Cool green foliage is deer resistant, extremely disease resistant, and adds lovely texture to the garden. (Coreopsis verticillata)
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