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. Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

    Common Milkweed is the most-well known of the milkweeds – and an important food source and host plant for Monarch butterflies. This reliably cold-hardy native plant is as beautiful...

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    Common Milkweed Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca
    As low as $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Common Milkweed is the most-well known of the milkweeds – and an important food source and host plant for Monarch butterflies. This reliably cold-hardy native plant is as beautiful as it is tough. Clusters of tightly-closed lavender buds open to reveal sweetly-fragrant pink blossoms, attracting a menagerie of local pollinators to the garden. Long-lasting plants produce spectacular interest at every stage of growth. (Asclepias syriaca)
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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. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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
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    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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  8. White Silver Lace Vine, Polygonum aubertii, Silver Lace Vine

    Easy-to-grow Silver Lace vine is vigorous, fast-growing, twining and has lots of fragrant, creamy-white flowers. An elegant, big statement in the summer garden. (Polygonum aubertii)...

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    Silver Lace Vine Silver Lace Vine, Silvervine Fleeceflower Polygonum aubertii
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Easy-to-grow Silver Lace vine is vigorous, fast-growing, twining and has lots of fragrant, creamy-white flowers. An elegant, big statement in the summer garden. (Polygonum aubertii)
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Wild Bergamot with fragrant pale purple flowers, Bee Balm, Monarda fistulosa

    The tubular nectar-rich flowers of Wild Bergamot Bee Balm are magnets for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It blooms from midsummer into fall with fragrant pale purple flowers th...

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    Wild Bergamot (Bee Balm) Wild Bergamot, Bee Balm Monarda fistulosa
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The tubular nectar-rich flowers of Wild Bergamot Bee Balm are magnets for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. It blooms from midsummer into fall with fragrant pale purple flowers that seem to burst from the buds like fireworks. This easy-care native perennial is deer resistant, adaptable to most soil types, and freely spreads to create swaths of color and fragrance. (Monarda fistulosa)
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Spotted Joe Pye Weed with pink flowers and visiting pollinator, Eupatorium maculatum

    The large, fragrant flower clusters of Joe Pye Weed are always abuzz with pollinator activity. Their abundant nectar provides a vital food source from late summer into fall. This low...

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    Joe Pye Weed Spotted Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The large, fragrant flower clusters of Joe Pye Weed are always abuzz with pollinator activity. Their abundant nectar provides a vital food source from late summer into fall. This low-maintenance native plant is rabbit- and deer-resistant and thrives in moist soil. Give this tall, majestic perennial plenty of room and it will spread to form impressive stands. (Eupatorium maculatum)
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  15. Prairie Milkweed, Asclepias sullivanti

    Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias) is a hummingbird favorite and ideal pollinator plant, attracting a wide variety of bees and butterflies to the garden. Easy to grow and endlessly rewardi...

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    Prairie Milkweed Prairie Milkweed Asclepias sullivanti
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias) is a hummingbird favorite and ideal pollinator plant, attracting a wide variety of bees and butterflies to the garden. Easy to grow and endlessly rewarding, prairie milkweed blooms throughout the summer, producing clusters of fragrant, pink flowers. Flowers give way to smooth seed pods that are prized for dried flower arrangements. (Asclepias sullivanti)
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  16. Pollinator Meadow Native Plant Collection

    Put out the welcome mat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with our Pollinator Meadow Native Plant Collection. Start a new pollinator garden or create a dreamy meadow style plan...

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    Pollinator Meadow Native Plant Collection Pollinator Meadow Native Plant Collection
    $79.98 Sale $39.99
    Per Collection of 5
    Put out the welcome mat for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds with our Pollinator Meadow Native Plant Collection. Start a new pollinator garden or create a dreamy meadow style planting with this collection of easy-care perennials with nectar-rich blooms in soft, contemporary colors and airy textures. These native, deer-resistant perennials are easy to grow, and they readily naturalize and spread.
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  17. Honeysuckle Vine Scentsation, Lonicera periclymenum

    Add incredible fragrance and beauty to your trellises, arbors and buildings with European honeysuckle cultivar ‘Scentsation.’ Lemony-cream flower clusters appear on this deciduou...

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    Scentsation Honeysuckle Vine Honeysuckle Vine Scentsation P#16240 Lonicera periclymenum Scentsation PP#16240
    $39.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Add incredible fragrance and beauty to your trellises, arbors and buildings with European honeysuckle cultivar ‘Scentsation.’ Lemony-cream flower clusters appear on this deciduous deep-green vine throughout summer which then become scarlet fall berries. Not invasive. Pollinator and hummingbird magnet. Average sunny soils with good moisture retention are the right match for this award-winning climbing plant. (Lonicera periclymenum)
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  18. White Clematis Sweet Autumn, Clematis terniflora,

    Sweet Autumn Clematis is the famous vine for a great arbor-covering cloud of small white flowers in summer and fall. (Clematis)...

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    Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine Sweet Autumn Clematis Vine Clematis paniculata Sweet Autumn
    $33.98 Sale $16.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Sweet Autumn Clematis is the famous vine for a great arbor-covering cloud of small white flowers in summer and fall. (Clematis)
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  19. Butterfly Bush Buzz Series Ivory PP23,464, Buddleia davidii, Photo Credit Ptelea

    Buzz Ivory Butterfly Bush is a prolific bloomer, loaded with fragrant ivory spikes and generous foliage. Compact in size, Buzz Ivory grows to only 3 - 4 feet and is perfect for conta...

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    Buzz® Ivory Butterfly Bush Buzz® Ivory Butterfly Bush Buddleia Buzz® Ivory
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Buzz Ivory Butterfly Bush is a prolific bloomer, loaded with fragrant ivory spikes and generous foliage. Compact in size, Buzz Ivory grows to only 3 - 4 feet and is perfect for containers, small-space gardens and patio plantings. It's also a great choice for disguising your foundation or creating a secondary layer of color between taller background shrubs and perennial plantings. Placed in full sun, this butterfly bush will bloom from spring through fall. (Buddleia davidii)
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  20. 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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  21. Purple Phlox Goliath, Phlox amplifolia

    'Goliath' Phlox yields tall clusters of wonderfully fragrant purple blooms that add height, color and immediate joy to the summer garden. Given as much sun as possible, this phlox wi...

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    Goliath Phlox Goliath Garden Phlox Phlox amplifolia Goliath
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
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    'Goliath' Phlox yields tall clusters of wonderfully fragrant purple blooms that add height, color and immediate joy to the summer garden. Given as much sun as possible, this phlox will quickly become one of your favorites, as its blooms last and last. 'Goliath' is extremely easy to grow and resistant to both deer and mildew. Lovely on its own or paired with other summer-blooming perennials, such as echinacea and rudbeckia. (Phlox amplifolia)
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