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. 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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  3. 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 $16.98 Sale $8.49
    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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  4. 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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  5. 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
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    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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  6. 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
    $89.98 Sale $44.99
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    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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  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
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    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. 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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  9. 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
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    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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  10. 'Fashionably Early Princess' Phlox

    Fashionably Early Princess' Phlox PP#28680 is the first one to the party, blooming in mid-spring before most garden phlox have even woken up. There's no waiting on this diva! Generou...

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    Fashionably Early Princess Phlox Fashionably Early Princess Phlox PP#28680 Phlox Fashionably Early Princess PP#28680
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Fashionably Early Princess' Phlox PP#28680 is the first one to the party, blooming in mid-spring before most garden phlox have even woken up. There's no waiting on this diva! Generous amethyst purple flower clusters attract pollinators and add charm to spring displays. Plant in rich, well-drained soil that receives sun to part shade. Exceptional mildew resistance. (Phlox paniculata)
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  11. Yellow, Henry Eilers Sweet Black Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia

    Skinny, rolled petals are the hallmarks of 'Henry Eilers' Black Eyed Susan, bringing a defined starburst shape to the flowerhead - although they appear in the same shade of sunny yel...

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    Henry Eilers Sweet Black Eyed Susan Sweet Black Eyed Susan, Sweet Coneflower Henry Eilers Rudbeckia subtomentosa Henry Eilers
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Skinny, rolled petals are the hallmarks of 'Henry Eilers' Black Eyed Susan, bringing a defined starburst shape to the flowerhead - although they appear in the same shade of sunny yellow as their cousins and surround the same chocolate-purple center cones. Found growing in an Illinois railyard, this native prairie plant grows between 3 and 5 feet tall, producing flower after flower from mid summer until fall frosts. An important addition to the late-season pollinator garden. (Rudbeckia)
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  12. Rose Marvel' Meadow Sage

    Rose Marvel' Meadow Sage is an exciting addition to your pollinator-friendly garden. Columns of magenta flowers on burgundy stems will entice hummingbirds and butterflies, while frag...

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    Rose Marvel Meadow Sage Rose Marvel Meadow Sage Salvia nemorosa Rose Marvel
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Rose Marvel' Meadow Sage is an exciting addition to your pollinator-friendly garden. Columns of magenta flowers on burgundy stems will entice hummingbirds and butterflies, while fragrant green foliage resists deer and rabbits. Flowers are the largest of any pink meadow sage, blooming in spring and summer, and are excellent for cut flower arrangements. Plant in sun in well-drained soil. Hardy and drought tolerant once established. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  13. Wisteria Lane' Butterfly Bush

    Wisteria Lane' Butterfly Bush combines the cascading elegance of lavender wisteria blossoms with the summer timing and longevity of Buddleia – giving you spring in the middle of su...

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    Wisteria Lane Butterfly Bush Wisteria Lane Butterfly Bush PPAF Buddleia davidii Wisteria Lane PPAF
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Wisteria Lane' Butterfly Bush combines the cascading elegance of lavender wisteria blossoms with the summer timing and longevity of Buddleia – giving you spring in the middle of summer! This dwarf mounding shrub provides exceptional versatility and beauty in the sunny summer garden and will become a focal point for pollinators in your beds and borders. Deer resistant. (Buddleia davidii)
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