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. Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme, Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange, close up of lavender-pink flower spikes

    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergree...

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    Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Spicy Orange Creeping Thyme Thymus citriodorus Spicy Orange
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As its name suggests, 'Spicy Orange' Creeping Thyme is a beautiful perennial herb with a fragrance reminiscent of spiced citrus. Delicate lavender-pink flower spikes top the evergreen foliage in early summer, attracting pollinators. Its low-growing habit is perfect between stepping stones where it can handle light foot traffic, along the front of a border, or in a container. (Thymus)
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  2. Lamium Orchid Frost, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle PP#11122 Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost PP#11122
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)
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  3. 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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  4. Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6...

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    Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Scarlet Flame
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6 inch blooms atop needle-like foliage. Plant 'Scarlet Flame' in tricky areas like steep banks and rock walls to watch its flowers skillfully spread. Very cold hardy. (Phlox subulata)
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  5. Highland Cream Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Highland Cream, close up of pale flower spikes

    'Highland Cream' Creeping Thyme is versatile as a groundcover and a great perennial plant. With poor soils, sharp drainage,and good sun exposure, this thyme will respond with spreadi...

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    Highland Cream Creeping Thyme Highland Cream Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox Highland Cream
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Highland Cream' Creeping Thyme is versatile as a groundcover and a great perennial plant. With poor soils, sharp drainage,and good sun exposure, this thyme will respond with spreading variegated foliage, citrus fragrance,and charming pale flower spikes that draw pollinators. 'Highland Cream'is deer and rabbit resistant and can tolerate moderate foot traffic in pathways. (Thymus)
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  6. Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

    With slender petals surrounding the central cone, Pale Purple Coneflower offers a charming, showy addition topollinator-friendlygardens. This native wildflower blooms from early tomi...

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    Pale Purple Coneflower Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    With slender petals surrounding the central cone, Pale Purple Coneflower offers a charming, showy addition topollinator-friendlygardens. This native wildflower blooms from early tomid-summer, offering food for bees andbirdsearlier than most Coneflowers. Though it has a delicate appearance,itsdeep roots are resilient and drought tolerant, a must-have for native plant enthusiasts! (Echinacea pallida)
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  7. 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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  8. Coral Reef Oriental Poppy, Papaver orientale Coral Reef, close up of flower bloom

    Refined yet bold, 'Coral Reef' Oriental Poppy combines the delicacy and grace of annual cultivars with the vigor of perennial Oriental Poppies. Fern-like foliage is curiousl...

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    Coral Reef Oriental Poppy Coral Reef Oriental Poppy Papaver orientale Coral Reef
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Refined yet bold, 'Coral Reef' Oriental Poppy combines the delicacy and grace of annual cultivars with the vigor of perennial Oriental Poppies. Fern-like foliage is curiously soft and adds beautiful texture to the strong, upright flower stems. Large silky blooms are a delicate shade of coral, enchanting with silken petals surrounding a deep purple-black center. (Papaver)
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  9. 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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  10. Pink Lamium Pink Pewter, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Pink Pewter is a great groundcover for shady areas with bright bloom from late spring into summer. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Pink Pewter Lamium Pink Pewter Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum Pink Pewter
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Pink Pewter is a great groundcover for shady areas with bright bloom from late spring into summer. (Lamium maculatum)
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  11. 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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  12. Coreopsis Berry Chiffon PPAF, Tickseed

    Coreopsis Berry Chiffon has delightful petals with raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant ensures your enjoy...

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    Berry Chiffon Coreopsis Berry Chiffon Tickseed PP#27414 Coreopsis verticillata Berry Chiffon PP#27414
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Coreopsis Berry Chiffon has delightful petals with raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant ensures your enjoyment of this prolific bloomer. No deadheading needed to help Berry Chiffon produce flowers from early summer to early fall. (Coreopsis)
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  13. Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Candy Stripe' Creeping Phlox produces striking blooms in hues of pink and white atop masses of evergreen foliage. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, use this perennial groundcover...

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    Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Candy Stripe
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Candy Stripe' Creeping Phlox produces striking blooms in hues of pink and white atop masses of evergreen foliage. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, use this perennial groundcover to spill down banks, spread under trees, and lend its joyful color to hard to manage areas. Excellent in rock gardens. (Phlox subulata)
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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Pink Rose Trillium, Trillium catesbaei, Wake Robin

    An easy to grow Trillium bulb with a famous name. The rosy pink flowers nod beneath the leaves. (Trillium catesbaei)...

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    Rose Trillium Bashful Wake Robin, Rosy Trillium Trillium catesbaei
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    An easy to grow Trillium bulb with a famous name. The rosy pink flowers nod beneath the leaves. (Trillium catesbaei)
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  18. Queen of the Prairie with tall majestic pink flower clusters, Filipendula rubra

    Queen of the Prairie has tall, majestic flower clusters that command center stage from early to mid-summer. The airy flowers and lush foliage add a touch of texture to the garden and...

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    Queen of the Prairie Queen of the Prairie Filipendula rubra
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Queen of the Prairie has tall, majestic flower clusters that command center stage from early to mid-summer. The airy flowers and lush foliage add a touch of texture to the garden and attract pollinators aplenty. Add a few stems for drama to cut flower arrangements. Plant this native deer-resistant perennial in a spot where it can vigorously grow and spread. (Filipendula rubra)
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  19. Fort Hill Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata, close up

    'Fort Hill' Creeping Phlox delivers deep, rose-colored blooms that create a carpet of fragrant color on the garden floor in early spring. Star-shaped flowers pair beautifully with e...

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    Fort Hill Creeping Phlox Fort Hill Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Fort Hill
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Fort Hill' Creeping Phlox delivers deep, rose-colored blooms that create a carpet of fragrant color on the garden floor in early spring. Star-shaped flowers pair beautifully with evergreen, needle-like foliage. Deer resistant and tolerant of dry spells, 'Fort Hill' is a great choice for spilling down banks and cascading over walls. Attracts butterflies. (Phlox subulata)
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  20. Nodding Onion with pink-to-lilac blooms with visiting bee, Allium cernuum

    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumb...

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    Nodding Onion (Allium) Nodding Onion Allium cernuum
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumblebee. These easy-to-grow, deer resistant flowers will add a layer of detail to any garden design, including border edges, meadow-style gardens, or containers. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love the native flowers! (Allium cernuum)
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  21. Creeping Thyme Elfin, Thymus serpyllum

    Low growing and tough, this Thyme is perfect planted in a rock path or as a lawn alternative. Lavender-pink flowers emerge in early summer and attract pollinators to the garden. (Thy...

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    Elfin Creeping Thyme Elfin Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Elfin
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Low growing and tough, this Thyme is perfect planted in a rock path or as a lawn alternative. Lavender-pink flowers emerge in early summer and attract pollinators to the garden. (Thymus)
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  22. 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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  23. Lily of the Valley Rosea, Convallaria majalis, Pink Lily of the Valley

    Rosea Lily of the Valley produces pale rose pink colored bell shaped flowers from an upright stem. Once the flowers pass orange berries form and add late summer added texture to sha...

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    Rosea Lily of the Valley Rosea Lily of the Valley, May Bells Convallaria majalis Rosea
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
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    Rosea Lily of the Valley produces pale rose pink colored bell shaped flowers from an upright stem. Once the flowers pass orange berries form and add late summer added texture to shady areas. This petite flower has a wonderful fragrance and makes for an excellent cut flower. (Convallaria majalis)
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