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. Aster Purple Dome

    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, mak...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster New England Aster Purple Dome Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, making it a great choice for containers, borders and small-space gardens. 'Purple Dome' bursts into bloom in the late summer, providing much-needed color and vital nectar for pollinators right when much of the garden has finished for the season. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  3. Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass,Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks in the garden, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Grass is a cultivar of a fine native prairie grass that has taken the gardening world by storm. Foliage emerges dark green, shifting to a deep purple that d...

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    Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass Blackhawks Big Bluestem Grass PP#27949 Andropogon gerardii Blackhawks PP#27949
    As low as $22.98 Sale $11.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Blackhawks' Big Bluestem Grass is a cultivar of a fine native prairie grass that has taken the gardening world by storm. Foliage emerges dark green, shifting to a deep purple that darkens as summer turns to fall, culminating in purple blooms with tiny white seeds. This long-lived grass provides bold contrast in gardens or meadows, offering privacy, year-round visual interest, and habitat for birds and pollinators.(Andropogon)
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  4. Showy Goldenrod, Solidago speciosa, photo courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center

    Among the most dramatic of all the Solidago species, Showy Goldenrod sports torch-like wands of brilliant ochre yellow flowers in mid to late summer. Goldenrods long-lasting blooms a...

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    Showy Goldenrod Showy Goldenrod Solidago speciosa
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Among the most dramatic of all the Solidago species, Showy Goldenrod sports torch-like wands of brilliant ochre yellow flowers in mid to late summer. Goldenrods long-lasting blooms an abundance of pollen attracts bees and beneficial insects,making it ideal for pollinator gardens. This rugged, easy-to-grow native plant will naturalize to form a large swath to brighten your late-season landscape. (Solidago)
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  5. Red Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria, Lobelia fulgens

    Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)...

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    Queen Victoria Lobelia Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower Lobelia fulgens Queen Victoria
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)
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  6. Blue Cardinal Flower with two monarch butterflies, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
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  7. Hayscented Fern, Dennstaedtia fronds

    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. ...

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    Hay Scented Fern Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. Growing from 18-24" tall, Hay-Scented Fern will spread quickly to form colonies that can cover a large expanse. When the fronds are disturbed, the lovely scent of summertime hay wafts through the air. (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
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  8. Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

    Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) casts an autumn glow across the garden with large double and semi-double blooms burning in radiant yellow, orange, and copper hues. A dar...

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    Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) casts an autumn glow across the garden with large double and semi-double blooms burning in radiant yellow, orange, and copper hues. A dark mahogany center and chocolate brown eye accent the warm tones. Sturdy, upright stems and bright green foliage resist deer and rabbit browsing. An award-winning beauty for season-long color. Easy-to-grow self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  9. Turtlehead Rosea, Chelone obliqua

    'Rosea' Turtlehead will burst into bloom in late summer, when most other flowers have faded. This gorgeous native has showy, rose-pink clusters of unusual blooms (said to resemble op...

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    Rosea Turtlehead Rosea Turtlehead Chelone obliqua Rosea
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    'Rosea' Turtlehead will burst into bloom in late summer, when most other flowers have faded. This gorgeous native has showy, rose-pink clusters of unusual blooms (said to resemble open-mouthed turtles) that sit atop 2-3' tall plants with leafy green foliage. Beautiful when planted en masse, and tolerant of moist soils and wetlands, Turtlehead makes a unique addition to full sun and part shade gardens. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Chelone obliqua)
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  10. 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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  11. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  12. rudbeckia hirta, black-eyed susan orange sahara

    Sahara Black-Eyed Susan brings elegant, antique hues to a long-time garden favorite. Large, mostly double flowers bloom dusty rose, copper, amber, and russet against a dark chocolate...

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    Sahara Black-Eyed Susan Sahara Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sahara Black-Eyed Susan brings elegant, antique hues to a long-time garden favorite. Large, mostly double flowers bloom dusty rose, copper, amber, and russet against a dark chocolate eye for soft color and loads of texture. Blooming midsummer through fall, collect handfuls for showy autumn bouquets. Velvety blooms attract a diversity of wildlife, from pollinators to songbirds. Grow as a perennial in zones 9-10, it’s a self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  13. Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta with bee, Photo Courtesy of Michael Davy

    Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan paints the garden in rusty hues of bronze, gold, mahogany, and burnt orange from midsummer through autumn. Large flowers bear quilled petals for added ...

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    Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan paints the garden in rusty hues of bronze, gold, mahogany, and burnt orange from midsummer through autumn. Large flowers bear quilled petals for added texture. Well-branched plants provide amply blooms for cutting. An elegant plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Seed heads provide winter interest and seed for songbirds. A tender perennial plant (zones 9-10); grow as a self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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