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. Pink Echinacea Magnus, Echinacea purpurea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
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  2. Orange Butterfly Weed With Monarch Butterfly, Asclepias tuberosa

    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soi...

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    Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa
    As low as $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Butterfly Weed is the iconic, bright orange beauty that's a staple in every butterfly garden. This showy native wildflower is easy to grow, cold hardy, and does well in poor, dry soils. Long-lasting clusters of small, flat-topped flowers are crowned with a yellow, sun-kissed "corona" and bloom from June through August. Butterfly Weed is an important nectar source for Monarch butterflies and its leaves provide essential food for developing Monarch caterpillars - but expect to see a variety of pollinators making use of this plant. Please note the Bag of 3 are bareroots. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa

    Showy Milkweed (Asclepias) lives up to its name, producing an explosion of star-shaped flowers in rounded three-inch clusters from late spring into summer. Each bicolor bloom stands ...

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    Showy Milkweed Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Showy Milkweed (Asclepias) lives up to its name, producing an explosion of star-shaped flowers in rounded three-inch clusters from late spring into summer. Each bicolor bloom stands like a crown with pale, tapering horns surrounded by darker pink to purple sepals. An important nectar resource for adult monarchs, other butterflies, hummingbirds, native bees, and honey bees. (Asclepias speciosa)
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Black Eyed Susan Prairie Sun close up yellow flowers

    Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ produces gorgeous daisy-like blooms from early-summer through frost. Large, 5-inch flowers bear overlapping rings of orange petals tipped in lemon-yellow ...

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    Prairie Sun Black Eyed Susan Prairie Sun Black Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
    $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ produces gorgeous daisy-like blooms from early-summer through frost. Large, 5-inch flowers bear overlapping rings of orange petals tipped in lemon-yellow and surrounding a bright green eye. Flowers stand atop tall sturdy stems perfect for cutting and attract scores of butterflies. Low maintenance and deer resistant. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  12. Echinacea Mix, Coneflower

    A mix of three varieties of this popular perennial, this is an affordable way to fill your sunny garden with colorful flowers. (Echinacea)...

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    Echinacea Mix Coneflower Mix Echinacea purpurea Mix
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Bag of 3
    A mix of three varieties of this popular perennial, this is an affordable way to fill your sunny garden with colorful flowers. (Echinacea)
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  13. 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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