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. Phenomenal Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia

    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragran...

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    Phenomenal® Lavender Lavender Phenomenal® PP#24193 Lavandula x intermedia Phenomenal PP#24193
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Phenomenal Lavender has it all: exceptionally tolerant of both high heat and harsh winter, this easy-to-grow lavender even shows resistance to the effects of humidity. Highly fragrant with concentrated essential oils, Phenomenal's spikes of purple-blue flowers attract butterflies and bees to the garden. Edible, deer-resistant and fast-growing, this silver-leafed lavender has left all other new introductions in the dust! (Lavandula x intermedia) PP#24193
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  2. Lavender Munstead, Lavandula angustifolia Close Up

    'Munstead' Lavender is an English Lavender that has fragrant, cool lavender-blue spikes and gray-green, mounded foliage. You can tuck this lavender into your herb garden, but we lov...

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    Munstead English Lavender English Lavender Munstead Lavandula angustifolia Munstead
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Munstead' Lavender is an English Lavender that has fragrant, cool lavender-blue spikes and gray-green, mounded foliage. You can tuck this lavender into your herb garden, but we love it planted with other colorful perennials in borders, planted in a massive swath where it can sway in the breeze, or set in a pot on the patio where you can enjoy its pleasant scent. Excellent in fresh or dried bouquets. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  3. Hidcote English Lavender

    'Hidcote' is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-24 inches tall, with highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets, this lavender ...

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    Hidcote English Lavender English Lavender Hidcote Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Hidcote' is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-24 inches tall, with highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets, this lavender attracts bees and butterflies but repels deer and rabbits. Perfect for hot, dry sites and drought tolerant once established. Great choice for container plantings. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  4. 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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  5. Purple Lavender Anouk, Lavandula stoechas, French Lavender

    'Anouk' Lavender has dark purple flowerheads topped with delicate mauve-lilac flags. Sweetly fragrant, it’s perfect for containers or perennial beds where it makes a magnificent fo...

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    Anouk Spanish Lavender Anouk Spanish Lavender P#16685 Lavandula stoechas Anouk PP#16685
    As low as $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Anouk' Lavender has dark purple flowerheads topped with delicate mauve-lilac flags. Sweetly fragrant, it’s perfect for containers or perennial beds where it makes a magnificent focal point. Pollinator friendly - deer and rabbits avoid it. Easily grown and long flowering, use ‘Anouk’ to perk up your summer garden. (Lavandula stoechas)
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  6. New England Aster KICKIN® Lilac Blue, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae KICKIN® Lilac Blue

    KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue' Aster is an autumn herald, blooming in late summer with hundreds of pale purple flowers that attract butterflies and bees through fall. This native cultiva...

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    KICKIN® Lilac Blue Aster New England Aster KICKIN® Lilac Blue Symphyotrichum novae-angliae KICKIN® Lilac Blue
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue' Aster is an autumn herald, blooming in late summer with hundreds of pale purple flowers that attract butterflies and bees through fall. This native cultivar has captured the late season color and pollinator power that we love in full-size Asters in a compact, bushy habit with longer-lasting blooms. KICKIN® 'Lilac Blue' Aster is a long-lived perennial that is deer and rabbit resistant. (Symphyotrichum)
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  7. Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close

    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost blac...

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    Big Blue Liriope Grass Big Blue Monkey Grass Liriope muscari Big Blue
    As low as $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black berries in fall. Plants tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to shade, clay to sandy soils, and wet or dry sites. Liriope provides excellent erosion control, and is often used as a lawn alternative or groundcover. Evergreen foliage in warm southern climates. Plants are rabbit and deer-proof, making 'Big Blue' an easy choice for the no-fuss gardener. (Liriope muscari)
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  8. 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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  9. Nepeta Junior Walker, Catmint Plant

    Nepeta Junior Walker™ blooms profusely all summer, painting the garden with spikes of lavender-blue blossoms that butterflies find irresistible. Fragrant, gray-green foliage and st...

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    Junior Walker Nepeta Junior Walker Catmint PP#23074 Nepeta faassenii Junior Walker PP#23074
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nepeta Junior Walker™ blooms profusely all summer, painting the garden with spikes of lavender-blue blossoms that butterflies find irresistible. Fragrant, gray-green foliage and sturdy stems form a low mound perfect for the front of borders and along walkways. Junior Walker™ is a sterile, compact form of Walker’s Low catmint. Deer resistant. (Nepeta x faassenii 'Novanepjun')
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  10. Purple Fountain Grass, Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum

    Purple Fountain Grass is among the most prized ornamental grasses, celebrated for its soft rosy plumes and maroon foliage. Nodding flower spikes arch gracefully away from the upright...

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    Purple Fountain Grass Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum setaceum Rubrum
    As low as $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Purple Fountain Grass is among the most prized ornamental grasses, celebrated for its soft rosy plumes and maroon foliage. Nodding flower spikes arch gracefully away from the upright foliage, providing elegant architecture and a dramatic accent in sunny beds. Gorgeous as a focal point in containers, when massed in flowing waves through the landscape, or planted in clusters for big impact. The ruby plumes make stylish cut flowers, fresh or dried. Perennial in zones 9-10, grow as an annual in all other zones. Will not reseed. (Pennisetum setaceum)
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  11. Dwarf English Lavender Thumbelina Leigh, Lavandula angustifolia

    ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ is a compact English lavender that is highly aromatic and perfect for smaller spaces such as containers, rock gardens or the edge of narrow pathways. Drought a...

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    Thumbelina Leigh English Lavender Thumbelina Leigh English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Thumbelina Leigh
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ is a compact English lavender that is highly aromatic and perfect for smaller spaces such as containers, rock gardens or the edge of narrow pathways. Drought and deer resistant, the plump lavender blooms will appear twice during the growing season if kept trimmed. Sunny, poor soils. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  12. 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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  13. Purple Geranium Rozanne, Geranium, Crane's Bill

    Geranium Rozanne is a beautiful Crane's Bill that produces mounds of deep green foliage with long-lasting, violet purple flowers. Rozanne blooms in the heat of the summer and continu...

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    Rozanne Geranium Rozanne Cranesbill PP#12175 Geranium Rozanne PP#12175
    $22.98 Sale $11.49
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    Geranium Rozanne is a beautiful Crane's Bill that produces mounds of deep green foliage with long-lasting, violet purple flowers. Rozanne blooms in the heat of the summer and continues to bloom till late fall. It performs as great ground cover and is perfect for borders. PP# 12175 (Geranium)
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  14. Agastache Little Adder, Hummingbird Mint

    'Little Adder' Hyssop brings long lasting, purple flower spikes to the garden throughout the summer season, attracting plentiful butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds.. A compact ...

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    Little Adder Hyssop Little Adder Hyssop, Hummingbird Mint PP#26514 Agastache rugosa Little Adder PP#26514
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Little Adder' Hyssop brings long lasting, purple flower spikes to the garden throughout the summer season, attracting plentiful butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds.. A compact plant with vigorous blooms, this one produces more flowers then most hyssops (also called Agastache). A great choice for containers. (Hyssop)
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  15. Green Twister Echinacea

    Coneflower ‘Green Twister’s’ eye-popping lime green blooms with magenta purple centers are a true garden stand out. ‘Green Twister’s’ petals curve gently forward giving t...

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    Green Twister Echinacea Green Twister Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Green Twister
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Coneflower ‘Green Twister’s’ eye-popping lime green blooms with magenta purple centers are a true garden stand out. ‘Green Twister’s’ petals curve gently forward giving them a decidedly different look that adds to its allure. Your garden will shout with uniqueness with ‘Green Twister’! Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love this easy to grow, water-thrifty perennial. (Echinacea)
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  16. Lavender Silver Anouk PP20,068, Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk PP20,068

    'Silver Anouk' Lavender’s unusual two-toned flowers are framed by its silvery foliage making it a garden standout. Dark plum flowers are topped by violet flags, like butterfly wing...

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    Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender Silver Anouk Spanish Lavender PP#20068 Lavandula stoechas Silver Anouk PP#20068
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Silver Anouk' Lavender’s unusual two-toned flowers are framed by its silvery foliage making it a garden standout. Dark plum flowers are topped by violet flags, like butterfly wings. Very fragrant, it's a good choice for containers, patios, and porches where you can enjoy it up close. (Lavandula stoechas)
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  17. Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage

    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the lan...

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    Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage PP#29281 Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Jean Baby PP#29281
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the landscape. Gray-green foliage has a piney, sage-like scent and contrasts perfectly with those pollinator-attracting blooms – and it's highly deer resistant. Sunny, well-drained soils. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  18. Purple Allium Millenium

    Celebrated for its abundance of 2” globe-shaped flowers blooming in a deep shade of rhubarby purple, ‘Millenium’ Allium is a compact plant perfect for borders. A deer-resistant...

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    Allium Millenium Millenium Ornamental Onion Allium Millenium
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Celebrated for its abundance of 2” globe-shaped flowers blooming in a deep shade of rhubarby purple, ‘Millenium’ Allium is a compact plant perfect for borders. A deer-resistant pollinator magnet, plant this easy grower for a tight swath of colorful pompoms that will call in dancing butterflies and busy bees. 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year. (Allium Millenium)
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  19. Anise Hyssop with pale purple flowers, Blue Giant Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum with pink Joe Pye Weed

    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and a...

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    Anise Hyssop Anise Hyssop, Blue Giant Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and an easy-to-grow nature, this is a pollinator powerhouse favored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its leaves make a delicious tea too! Deer and rabbit resistant. (Agastache foeniculum)
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  20. Photo Credit Amy Myers, Lavender Goodwin Creek Grey, Lavandula ginginsii, Queen Butterfly

    'Goodwin Creek Grey’ Lavender's silver foliage contrasts beautifully with its deep purple blooms. This French Lavender flowers from early summer through fall (and winter in mild zo...

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    Goodwin Creek Grey French Lavender Goodwin Creek Grey French Lavender Lavandula ginginsii Goodwin Creek Grey
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goodwin Creek Grey’ Lavender's silver foliage contrasts beautifully with its deep purple blooms. This French Lavender flowers from early summer through fall (and winter in mild zones). It's a great choice for containers, rock gardens or a perennial bed. Plant in a sunny location with well-drained soil for this pollinator favorite. (Lavandula ginginsii)
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  21. Purple Astilbe arendsii Amethyst, Astilbe arendsii, False Spirea

    Plant this luminous Astilbe in any shady spot of the garden and it will be sure to turn heads – Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! (Astilbe arendsii)...

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    Amethyst Astilbe False Spirea Amethyst Astilbe arendsii Amethyst
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Plant this luminous Astilbe in any shady spot of the garden and it will be sure to turn heads – Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! (Astilbe arendsii)
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