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. Catmint Walkers Low, Nepeta faassenii

    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful ...

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    Walker's Low Nepeta Walker's Low Catmint Nepeta faassenii Walker's Low
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful purple flower spikes appear in early summer and continue to bloom and release their sweet fragrance for up to 3 months. Very showy and very low maintenance, 'Walker's Low' is a great choice for planting in swaths, lining walkways, or adding to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Nepeta faassenii)
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  2. 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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  3. Purple Lavender Superblue, Lavandula angustifolia

    SuperBlue' is a compact and fragrant Lavender plant that tops out at 12", making it a perfect choice for edging walkways and setting into patio containers. This English Lavender...

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    SuperBlue English Lavender English Lavender SuperBlue PP#24929 Lavandula angustifolia SuperBlue PP#24929
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    SuperBlue' is a compact and fragrant Lavender plant that tops out at 12", making it a perfect choice for edging walkways and setting into patio containers. This English Lavender is fairly tough, withstanding drought and overwintering reliably in all but the coldest zones. Rich and saturated, 'SuperBlue' produces blooms that are tighter together, delivering more color and fewer airy gaps. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  4. Purple Lamium Purple Dragon, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatu...

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    Purple Dragon Lamium Purple Dragon Dead Nettle PP#15890 Lamium maculatum Purple Dragon PP#15890
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatum)
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  5. May Night Meadow Sage

    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)...

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    May Night Salvia Meadow Sage May Night Salvia nemorosa May Night
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  6. Purple Lavender Grosso, Lavandula x intermedia, Lavender, Close Up

    Long-blooming and highly fragrant, 'Grosso' Lavender is famed throughout the world as the one most often grown for use in perfume making. It's also very showy, with large and spiky d...

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    Grosso Lavender Grosso Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Grosso
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Long-blooming and highly fragrant, 'Grosso' Lavender is famed throughout the world as the one most often grown for use in perfume making. It's also very showy, with large and spiky dark purple blooms set against silver foliage. Blooms form on purple bracts (as opposed to the more common green) making for a richly colorful appearance in the garden and when dried for crafts. (Lavandula x intermedia)
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  7. Long Blooming Lavender Collection

    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-t...

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    Long Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender Collection Lavandula
    As low as $63.98 Sale $31.99
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    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-tolerant 'Phenomenal', intensely fragrant "Grosso', and pollinator attracting 'Hidcote.' All prefer fast-draining soils, so choose pots with bottom holes and allow plants to dry out between waterings. (Lavandula)
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  8. 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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  9. Stachys monieri Hummelo, Hummelo Betony, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing se...

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    Hummelo Betony Hummelo Betony Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing season. Masses of two-lipped flowers cluster on the top of strong stems and are a favorite for pollinators in a sunny garden. Deer resistant. (Stachys monieri Hummelo)
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  10. Purple Lavender Provence, Lavandula x intermedia, Lavender

    'Provence' Lavender is tolerant of poor soils and a true heat lover; it's even known to withstand heavy doses of summertime humidity. One of the tallest and most fragrant varieties, ...

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    Provence Lavender Lavender Provence Lavandula x intermedia Provence
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Provence' Lavender is tolerant of poor soils and a true heat lover; it's even known to withstand heavy doses of summertime humidity. One of the tallest and most fragrant varieties, 'Provence' grows to be 30-36” tall and is an excellent choice for creating an aromatic hedge. With exceptionally long, mauve-purple spikes of flowers that are complemented by its silver-green foliage, it's a beautiful sight when swaying in the breeze. (Lavandula x intermedia).
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  11. Blue Hill Meadow Sage, Salvia

    'Blue Hill' Meadow Sage boasts striking, lilac-blue blooms and wonderfully fragrant foliage. A compact sage that works beautifully in border plantings and containers, 'Blue Hill' is ...

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    Blue Hill Meadow Sage Meadow Sage Blue Hill Salvia nemorosa Blue Hill
    $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Hill' Meadow Sage boasts striking, lilac-blue blooms and wonderfully fragrant foliage. A compact sage that works beautifully in border plantings and containers, 'Blue Hill' is both deer and rabbit resistant and tolerates dry, hot weather like a pro. Best in full sun. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  12. Amethyst Falls® American Wisteria, Wisteria frutescens Amethyst Falls®, close up of lavender blossoms

    For the signature draping blooms in a manageable growth habit, 'Amethyst Falls®' American Wisteria is the native cultivar you’ve been looking for! 'Amethyst Falls®' bl...

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    Amethyst Falls Wisteria Vine Amethyst Falls American Wisteria Wisteria frutescens Amethyst Falls
    $27.98 Sale $13.99
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    For the signature draping blooms in a manageable growth habit, 'Amethyst Falls®' American Wisteria is the native cultivar you’ve been looking for! 'Amethyst Falls®' blooms at a young age, and gives two displays of fragrant lavender blossoms, with heavy flowering in spring and a lighter bloom in late summer. A hummingbird and butterfly favorite. Grow along a porch, arbor, or trellis for a graceful, romantic display.
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  13. 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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  14. English Lavender Vera, Lavandula angustifolia close up

    ‘Vera’ is widely held as one of the best oil producing lavenders, so if aromatherapy or gifts from the garden are your passion, this English, narrow-leaved lavender is the one fo...

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    Vera English Lavender Vera English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Vera
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Vera’ is widely held as one of the best oil producing lavenders, so if aromatherapy or gifts from the garden are your passion, this English, narrow-leaved lavender is the one for you. Drought and deer resistant once established, ‘Vera’ thrives in poorer soils and sunny spots, blooming both in spring and late summer. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  15. Lavender Royal Velvet

    Velvety, dark purple-blue flowers are the hallmark of Lavender ‘Royal Velvet’, as are its rich fragrance and speedy growth habit. Tall, waving flower spikes last and last, and wi...

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    Royal Velvet English Lavender Royal Velvet English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Royal Velvet
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Velvety, dark purple-blue flowers are the hallmark of Lavender ‘Royal Velvet’, as are its rich fragrance and speedy growth habit. Tall, waving flower spikes last and last, and will bloom a second time after a mid-season harvest. Deer resistant, ‘Royal Velvet’s strong scent attracts plentiful bees and butterflies. Excellent for cutting and drying. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  16. Purple Butterfly Bush Black Knight, Buddleia

    'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Intensely fragrant and attractive to pollinators, 'Black Knight' is perfect...

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    Black Knight Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Black Knight Buddleia davidii Black Knight
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Black Knight' Butterfly Bush’s deep purple blooms create a stunning contrast to its dark green foliage. Intensely fragrant and attractive to pollinators, 'Black Knight' is perfect for planting outside a window for a delightful show of butterflies and hummingbirds. Easy to grow, deer-resistant, and useful when planted as a hedge or privacy screen. (Buddleia davidii)
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  17. 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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  18. Caradonna Meadow Sage, Salvia Caradonna

    'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with ...

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    Caradonna Meadow Sage Meadow Sage Caradonna Salvia nemorosa Caradonna
    $10.98 Sale $5.49
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    'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with blooms that last throughout the season. A true heat lover, its color will remain vibrant even in full sun. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  19. 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
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    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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Purple Clematis Jackmanii, Clematis Vine Clematis

    Full sun loving Jackmanii is the all-time favorite climbing flowering vine: The famous deep purple Jackmanii Clematis blooms all summer. (Clematis)...

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    Jackmanii Clematis Vine Jackmanii Clematis Vine Clematis Jackmanii
    $33.98 Sale $16.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Full sun loving Jackmanii is the all-time favorite climbing flowering vine: The famous deep purple Jackmanii Clematis blooms all summer. (Clematis)
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  23. 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
    Per Bag of 1
    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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  24. 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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