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. Stachys monieri Hummelo, Hummelo Betony, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing se...

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    Hummelo Betony Hummelo Betony Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing season. Masses of two-lipped flowers cluster on the top of strong stems and are a favorite for pollinators in a sunny garden. Deer resistant. (Stachys monieri Hummelo)
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  3. Ajuga Burgundy Glow

    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpe...

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    Burgundy Glow Ajuga Burgundy Glow Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
    As low as $8.98 Sale $4.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpet over even the toughest-of-soils in full and part shade. Growing 4-6" tall and 12-18" wide, 'Burgundy Glow' is considered evergreen in warmer regions. (Ajuga reptans)
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  4. Catlin's Giant Ajuga

    'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attra...

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    Catlin's Giant Ajuga Catlin's Giant Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Catlin's Giant
    As low as $8.98 Sale $4.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Catlin's Giant' Ajuga creates a thick, weed-smothering groundcover in almost any spot, tolerating poor soils and full shade with grace. The gorgeous, deep-indigo flower spikes attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden in late spring and pair beautifully with the bronze-tinged leaves. Try this one under trees and in other spots where grass struggles to grow. (Ajuga reptans)
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  5. Pink Ajuga Pink Lightning, Ajuga reptans, Bugleweed

    'Pink Lightning' Ajuga is a fast-growing groundcover with a unique look. Soft, sage green leaves are trimmed with cream edges, creating a beautiful backdrop for the bubblegum-pink fl...

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    Pink Lightning Ajuga Pink Lightning Bugleweed PP#22255 Ajuga reptans Pink Lightning PP#22255
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot

    'Pink Lightning' Ajuga is a fast-growing groundcover with a unique look. Soft, sage green leaves are trimmed with cream edges, creating a beautiful backdrop for the bubblegum-pink flower spikes that appear in late spring. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, 'Pink Lightning' will spread rapidly when well-watered. (Ajuga) PP#22255

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  6. Pink Geranium sanguineum, Geranium sanguineum, Crane's Bill

    A hardy Geranium, sun loving Bloody Crane's Bill is the most popular of them all. Blooms for months with no care at all. In autumn the leaves turn red adding to the plant's vibranc...

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    Geranium Bloody Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
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    A hardy Geranium, sun loving Bloody Crane's Bill is the most popular of them all. Blooms for months with no care at all. In autumn the leaves turn red adding to the plant's vibrance. (Geranium sanguineum)
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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. Sedum reflexum Angelina, Stonecrop, groundcover

    Dwarf Stonecrop Angelina is an evergreen mat of needle-like foliage in chartreuse with tips turning reddish-orange in fall. Drought tolerant. PPAF (Sedum reflexum)...

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    Angelina Sedum Angelina Stonecrop (Patent Pending) Sedum rupestre Angelina (Patent Pending)
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Stonecrop Angelina is an evergreen mat of needle-like foliage in chartreuse with tips turning reddish-orange in fall. Drought tolerant. PPAF (Sedum reflexum)
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  9. Purple Geranium Max Frei, Geranium sanguineum, Crane's Bill

    This low-growing variety has ferny foliage and produces magenta-purple blooms from early summer into fall. A beautiful groundcover. (Geranium sanguineum)...

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    Max Frei Geranium Max Frei Bloody Cranesbill Geranium sanguineum Max Frei
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
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    This low-growing variety has ferny foliage and produces magenta-purple blooms from early summer into fall. A beautiful groundcover. (Geranium sanguineum)
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  10. 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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  11. Pink Geranium Biokovo, Geranium cantabrigiense, Crane's Bill

    Looking for an elegant, low-maintenance groundcover? This Geranium, also known as Crane’s Bill, is the perfect choice for you. Delicate, pure white blooms are splashed with pink an...

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    Biokovo Geranium Biokovo Cranesbill Geranium cantabrigiense Biokovo
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Looking for an elegant, low-maintenance groundcover? This Geranium, also known as Crane’s Bill, is the perfect choice for you. Delicate, pure white blooms are splashed with pink and create a carpet of color in the summer garden. It grows in full sun to light shade and tolerates most soil types. This garden favorite attracts pollinators and will quickly become one of your favorite go-to perennials for low-growing blooms. It spreads heartily, but is easy to control.
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  12. Geranium Pink Penny, Crane's Bill

    Pink Penny Geranium is a luxurious ground cover that continuously blooms from early summer to fall. It clumps and forms mounds which are suitable for rock gardens, with deep rose pi...

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    Pink Penny Geranium Pink Penny Cranesbill PP#17656 Geranium Pink Penny PP#17656
    $22.98 Sale $11.49
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    Pink Penny Geranium is a luxurious ground cover that continuously blooms from early summer to fall. It clumps and forms mounds which are suitable for rock gardens, with deep rose pink cupped flowers with dark colored veins. This hardy geranium grows best planted in part shade, attracts butterflies and is deer resistant. (Geranium)PP#17656
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  13. Helleborus Wedding Party True Love, Blooming Purple Lenten Rose, Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

    Wedding Party™ ‘True Love’ Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, has irresistible mauve petals with an extended bloom time from late winter through spring. Nodding atop upright stems,...

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    Wedding Party™ True Love Helleborus Wedding Party™ True Love Lenten Rose Helleborus Wedding Party™ True Love
    $44.98 Sale $22.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Wedding Party™ ‘True Love’ Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, has irresistible mauve petals with an extended bloom time from late winter through spring. Nodding atop upright stems, dozens of large flowers boast a showy yellow eye, and a fine dark outline accentuates gently ruffled double petals. Thick evergreen foliage is deeply lobed for beauty throughout the seasons. ‘True Love’ is deer and rabbit resistant, and will be at home in almost any shade or woodland garden. Plants are extremely adaptable, tolerating a variety of soil types, and will naturalize and multiply. (Helleborus)
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  14. Honeymoon French Kiss Helleborus, White and Purple Lenten Rose

    Honeymoon™ ‘French Kiss’ Hellebore will welcome spring with a spectacular display of white blossoms adorned with raspberry-pink veining above thick evergreen foliage. Helle...

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    Honeymoon™ French Kiss Helleborus Honeymoon™ French Kiss Lenten Rose Helleborus Honeymoon™ French Kiss
    $42.98 Sale $21.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Honeymoon™ ‘French Kiss’ Hellebore will welcome spring with a spectacular display of white blossoms adorned with raspberry-pink veining above thick evergreen foliage. Hellebores, also called Lenten Rose, bloom six weeks or more, beginning in late winter and lasting well into spring. Flowers gently nod atop sturdy stems, making for excellent cut flowers. Hellebores are exceptionally easy to grow, are deer and rabbit resistant, and make lovely cut flowers. As these plants will naturalize and spread, they’re perfect for filling shade and woodland gardens with lovely blooms. (Helleborus)
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