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. 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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  3. Mini Hummingbird Hangout Plant Collection

    The bold nectar-rich blooms in our Mini Hummingbird Hangout Plant Collection will have your garden humming all summer long! Compact container-friendly varieties of Penstemon, Kniph...

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    Mini Hummingbird Hangout Plant Collection Mini Hummingbird Hangout Plant Collection
    $59.98 Sale $29.99
    Per Collection of 5
    The bold nectar-rich blooms in our Mini Hummingbird Hangout Plant Collection will have your garden humming all summer long! Compact container-friendly varieties of Penstemon, Kniphofia, Monarda, Salvia, and Agastache offer a riot of lasting color to keep hummingbirds coming back for more. Consider planting near a window or on your patio, where you can watch winged visitors to your garden. Collection of 5 plants.
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  4. Bee Balm Jacob Cline, Monarda

    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms app...

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    Jacob Cline Bee Balm Jacob Cline Bee Balm, Bergamot Monarda didyma Jacob Cline
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms appear on tall, herbaceous plants in mid summer. Its fragrant foliage and tolerance of pests, mildew and clay soils make 'Jacob Cline' a true favorite in the perennial bed. Deer resistant. (Monarda)
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  5. Scarlet Bee Balm, Monarda didyma, close up of red flowers

    A native wildflower beloved for its brilliant red tufted blooms atop tall, sturdy stems, Scarlet Bee Balm is favored by hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators as a source of abun...

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    Wild Scarlet Bee Balm Wild Scarlet Bee Balm Monarda didyma
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A native wildflower beloved for its brilliant red tufted blooms atop tall, sturdy stems, Scarlet Bee Balm is favored by hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators as a source of abundant nectar. Deliciously fragrant foliage is deer and rabbit resistant. Tall and dramatic, this wildflower spreads readily, ideal for rain gardens, cottage gardens, and an intriguing backdrop in perennial borders. (Monarda)
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  6. 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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  7. Coral Bells Caramel, Heuchera Caramel, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy...

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    Caramel Coral Bells Caramel Coral Bells PP#16560 Heuchera Caramel PP#16560
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy-colored hue, inviting pollinators to the garden with lovely pink flowers. 'Caramel' Coral Bells provides lasting contrast and texture throughout the growing season, holding up well to summer’s humidity and heat. (Heuchera)
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Yellow Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket, Golden Ray

    A great choice for moist, shady gardens, this big plant forms a large canopy of leaves and sends up bright yellow flower spikes in the middle of summer. A hummingbird favorite. (Ligu...

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    The Rocket Golden Ray The Rocket Golden Ray Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    A great choice for moist, shady gardens, this big plant forms a large canopy of leaves and sends up bright yellow flower spikes in the middle of summer. A hummingbird favorite. (Ligularia stenocephala)
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Pink Bee Balm Pink Lace, Monarda, Bee Balm

    Dwarf Pink Lace grows to only 12-18 inches tall, this Bee Balm gives you large pink flowers on small plants. Hummingbirds love it. PP#18367 (Monarda didyma)...

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    Pink Lace Bee Balm Pink Lace Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea Monarda didyma Pink Lace
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Pink Lace grows to only 12-18 inches tall, this Bee Balm gives you large pink flowers on small plants. Hummingbirds love it. PP#18367 (Monarda didyma)
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  17. 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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  18. Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata- Photo Credit Joshua Mayer, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

    Whorled Milkweed earns it's name from it's skinny, "whorled leaves". Small clusters of white flowers bloom a little later in the season providing color in your garden when most flow...

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    Whorled Milkweed Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Whorled Milkweed earns it's name from it's skinny, "whorled leaves". Small clusters of white flowers bloom a little later in the season providing color in your garden when most flowers have disappeared. Prepare to entertain many types of pollinators such as butterflies, and bees with this Asclepias. Monarchs will lay their eggs and the larvae (caterpillars) will enjoy a late season feast. When planting this perennial you can be proud to be supporting the Monarch population. (Asclepias verticillata)
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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Purple Liatris spicata Violet, Liatris spicata, Blazing Star or Gayfeather

    This butterfly magnet produces a low clump of grassy looking leaves topped by tall spikes of bright magenta-purple hues which make for excellent cut flowers beginning in midsummer. (...

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    Floristan Violet Blazing Star Floristan Violet Blazing Star, Gayfeather Liatris spicata Floristan Violet
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
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    This butterfly magnet produces a low clump of grassy looking leaves topped by tall spikes of bright magenta-purple hues which make for excellent cut flowers beginning in midsummer. (Liatris spicata)
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  22. 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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  23. Butterfly Bush Hot Raspberry, Buddleia

    Buzz 'Hot Raspberry' produces some of the most vibrant and fragrant blooms we've seen on a Butterfly Bush. Saturated raspberry-pink flowers bloom throughout the entire growing season...

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    Buzz® Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Buzz® Hot Raspberry Buddleia davidii Buzz® Hot Raspberry
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Buzz 'Hot Raspberry' produces some of the most vibrant and fragrant blooms we've seen on a Butterfly Bush. Saturated raspberry-pink flowers bloom throughout the entire growing season, attracting loads of butterflies and hummingbirds to their sweet scent. With its compact shape, Buzz 'Hot Raspberry' is well-suited to containers and small spaces, but don't overlook this one for full-sized pollinator gardens and perennial beds. (Buddleia davidii)
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  24. Woodland Phlox Blue Moon

    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in Apr...

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    Blue Moon Woodland Phlox Woodland Phlox Blue Moon, Wild Sweet William Phlox divaricata Blue Moon
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in April May. Its a perfect addition to a rock garden or any shady spot where it can slowly naturalize. Provides early season pollen for hummingbirds and butterflies. (Phlox divaricata)
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