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. White Shasta Daisy Becky, Leucanthemum superbum

    Becky gives you classic white daisies with wider petals and brilliant centers. Perennial plant of the year in 2003. (Leucanthemum superbum)...

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    Becky Shasta Daisy Becky Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum Becky
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Becky gives you classic white daisies with wider petals and brilliant centers. Perennial plant of the year in 2003. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  2. Anise Hyssop Mango Tango, Agastache Mango Tango, close up of peach-pink flowers, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    As vivid as a summer sunset, luminescent 'Mango Tango' Hyssop features peach-pink flower spires accented by rose-colored calyxes in a tidy, compact form. Perfect for planters and ga...

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    Mango Tango Hyssop Mango Tango Hyssop PP#28747 Agastache Mango Tango PP#28747
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    As vivid as a summer sunset, luminescent 'Mango Tango' Hyssop features peach-pink flower spires accented by rose-colored calyxes in a tidy, compact form. Perfect for planters and gardens where you can brush by the fragrant foliage and watch nectar-rich blooms draw butterflies from mid-summer until fall. This drought-tolerant plant is ideal for rock gardens, xeriscaping, and sun-drenched sites with well-drained soil. (Agastache)
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  3. Daybreak Coreopsis Li′l Bang™ Series, Coreopsis verticillata Daybreak Li'l Bang™ Series, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Though small in stature, Li'l Bang™ 'Daybreak' Coreopsis packs a powerful punch with a profusion of fiery yellow and red blooms. This low-maintenance, adaptable, drought-toleran...

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    Li'l Bang™ Daybreak Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Daybreak Coreopsis PP#26138 Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Daybreak PP#26138
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Though small in stature, Li'l Bang™ 'Daybreak' Coreopsis packs a powerful punch with a profusion of fiery yellow and red blooms. This low-maintenance, adaptable, drought-tolerant perennial features all the qualities you expect from Coreopsis in a versatile compact form. Liven up a border, edge a walkway, and make containers pop with this reliable pollinator-friendly perennial.
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  4. 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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  5. Lamium White Nancy, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    White Nancy Lamium White Nancy Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum White Nancy
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)
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  6. Scarlet Bee Balm, Monarda didyma, close up of red flowers

    A native wildflower beloved for its brilliant red tufted blooms atop tall, sturdy stems, Scarlet Bee Balm is favored by hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators as a source of abun...

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    Wild Scarlet Bee Balm Wild Scarlet Bee Balm Monarda didyma
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A native wildflower beloved for its brilliant red tufted blooms atop tall, sturdy stems, Scarlet Bee Balm is favored by hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators as a source of abundant nectar. Deliciously fragrant foliage is deer and rabbit resistant. Tall and dramatic, this wildflower spreads readily, ideal for rain gardens, cottage gardens, and an intriguing backdrop in perennial borders. (Monarda)
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  7. Gaillardia Goblin, Blanket Flower

    'Goblin' Gaillardia has daisy-like blooms with scarlet petals and fringed yellow tips. Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought, 'Goblin' blooms all summer delivering continuous...

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    Goblin Gaillardia Goblin Blanket Flower Gaillardia Goblin
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goblin' Gaillardia has daisy-like blooms with scarlet petals and fringed yellow tips. Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought, 'Goblin' blooms all summer delivering continuous, vibrant color. Highly attractive to pollinators. (Gaillardia)
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  8. Red Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria, Lobelia fulgens

    Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)...

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    Queen Victoria Lobelia Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower Lobelia fulgens Queen Victoria
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)
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  9. White Shasta Daisy Snowcap, Leucanthemum close up flowers

    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)...

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    Snowcap Shasta Daisy Snowcap Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum Snowcap
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  10. Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-...

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    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Amazing Grace
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-like, evergreen foliage forms a dense mat making a lush groundcover perfect for cascading over walls or across slopes. Flowers attract butterflies to the garden. (Phlox subulata)
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  11. Red Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades, Gaillardia, Blanket Flower

    With a little deadheading, Gallardia Arizona Red Shades will bloom all summer long, providing vibrant color to almost any perennial garden. Like all Gaillardia, this variety thrives ...

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    Arizona Red Shades Gaillardia Arizona Red Shades Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata Arizona Red Shades
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    With a little deadheading, Gallardia Arizona Red Shades will bloom all summer long, providing vibrant color to almost any perennial garden. Like all Gaillardia, this variety thrives in full sun and tolerates most soil types. It is unappealing to deer and rabbits, but attracts pollinators to the garden all season long. A dwarf variety, Arizona Red Shades grows to be only 12” tall and makes for the perfect border plant, container perennial, or small space staple. We love Gaillardia because it is so easy to grow and works really well in hard-to-maintain areas of our gardens.
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  12. Lesser Catmint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta, Photo Courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from earl...

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    Calamintha Lesser Catmint Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from early summer until fall, Calamintha attracts a host of pollinators. Drought tolerant plants spread gently and will drape over the edges of containers and rock walls, softening hard edges as a lovely filler, edging plant, or groundcover. (Calamintha nepeta)
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  13. 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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  14. White Shasta Daisy Alaska, Leucanthemum superbum, Shasta Daisy

    Shasta Daisy, Alaska is the most famous cultivar of this beautiful European wildflower. Large white flowers perfect for cutting. (Leucanthemum superbum)...

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    Alaska Shasta Daisy Alaska Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum Alaska
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    Shasta Daisy, Alaska is the most famous cultivar of this beautiful European wildflower. Large white flowers perfect for cutting. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  15. Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler, Lonicera sempervirens

    Fast growing 'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle's blooms are true red and plentiful, appearing with enthusiasm throughout the summer season. This variety is resistant to powdery mildew and ...

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    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Fast growing 'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle's blooms are true red and plentiful, appearing with enthusiasm throughout the summer season. This variety is resistant to powdery mildew and can even hold its own in humid environments, where it still presents fresh-looking foliage to accompany its clusters of tubular flowers. Vining and growing to 8-10' tall, 'Major Wheeler' is a non-aggressive, non-invasive honeysuckle that needs the support of a trellis, cage or fence to wind and wrap itself around. Right at home in containers and tolerant of partial shade, plant this one to attract hummingbirds. (Lonicera sempervirens)
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  16. Red Lupine Gallery Red, Lupinus, Lupine

    'Gallery Red' is a compact plant that stuns with tapered, crimson red spires covered in tightly-packed, pea-shaped blooms. Ignored by deer and adored by butterflies, bumble bees and ...

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    Gallery Red Lupine Gallery Red Lupine Lupinus x intermedia Gallery Red
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Gallery Red' is a compact plant that stuns with tapered, crimson red spires covered in tightly-packed, pea-shaped blooms. Ignored by deer and adored by butterflies, bumble bees and hummingbirds, 'Gallery Red' blooms in the earlier half of the season. Popular in bouquets and very cold hardy. (Lupinus)
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  17. Red and Yellow Gaillardia Arizona Sun, Gaillardia, Blanket Flower

    Looking for bold, fiery color all season long? Arizona Sun’s bold red blooms are edged in bright yellow, making a fun and bright statement from early summer to fall. This easy-to-g...

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    Arizona Sun Gaillardia Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Gaillardia aristata Arizona Sun
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Looking for bold, fiery color all season long? Arizona Sun’s bold red blooms are edged in bright yellow, making a fun and bright statement from early summer to fall. This easy-to-grow perennial attracts goldfinches, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden. It won the All-American Selections Award in 2005 and we aren’t surprised! This hardy perennial is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and thrives in almost any growing condition. Once established, this perennial requires little care and maintenance to come back year after year. Arizona Sun’s bright blooms also make for spectacular bouquets!
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  18. Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire, Itea virginica Henry's Garnet

    Offering spring fragrance, summer structure, and fall color, classic 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire is a hardworking semi-compact native shrub that delights throughout the seas...

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    Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire Henry's Garnet Virginia Sweetspire Itea virginica Henry's Garnet
    As low as $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Offering spring fragrance, summer structure, and fall color, classic 'Henry's Garnet' Virginia Sweetspire is a hardworking semi-compact native shrub that delights throughout the seasons. Long cylindrical clusters of sweetly fragrant white blossoms cover the arching branches from late spring to early summer, attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and songbirds.The foliage turns to deep garnet red, for lasting color into late fall. (Itea)
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  19. Red Trillium, Trillium erectum, Wake-Robin

    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and ...

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    Red Trillium Wake Robin, Stinking Benjamin, Purple Trillium Trillium erectum
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    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and Wake Robin, the flowers are some of the first to appear in spring and last for just under one month before forming berries that wildlife snack on. Prefers moist shade and rich soil and will naturalize over time. (Trillium erectum)
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  20. Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood, Cornus stolonifera Baileyi, close up of white flowers

    One of the best native shrubs for four-season visual interest, Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood is impressive and hardy, tolerating unpredictable spring weather and wet soil. Deep green lea...

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    Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood Cornus stolonifera Baileyi
    As low as $27.98 Sale $13.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    One of the best native shrubs for four-season visual interest, Bailey's Red Twig Dogwood is impressive and hardy, tolerating unpredictable spring weather and wet soil. Deep green leaves with red stems add attractive contrast to the spring and summer garden, with white flower clusters and pale-blue-green-to-white berries. Autumn brings golden foliage, which falls to reveal bold red stems for its signature winter color.(Cornus)
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  21. Brilliantissima Red Chokeberry, Aronia arbutifolia Brilliantissima, close up of white flowers

    'Brilliantissima' Red Chokeberry is a tough native shrub with three seasons of colorful interest. Deep green foliage and white flowers give way to vivid red foliage and large berries...

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    Brilliantissima Red Chokeberry Brilliantissima Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia Brilliantissima
    As low as $25.98 Sale $12.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    'Brilliantissima' Red Chokeberry is a tough native shrub with three seasons of colorful interest. Deep green foliage and white flowers give way to vivid red foliage and large berries in autumn. A versatile shrub for rain gardens, erosion control, and wildlife habitat, this compact cultivar earned a Gold Medal from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. (Aronia)
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  22. Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, with butterfly, Photo Credit - Quartl

    'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed produces eye-catching, red-orange flowers with yellow centers. A valuable source of nutrition for Monarch butterflies, this lush beauty carries an ...

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    Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed Silky Deep Red Tropical Milkweed, Bloodflower Asclepias curassavica Silky Deep Red
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Silky Deep Red' Tropical Milkweed produces eye-catching, red-orange flowers with yellow centers. A valuable source of nutrition for Monarch butterflies, this lush beauty carries an air of exotic mystery when planted as an annual in cooler zones. Young foliage has reddish tones adding to the variety’s distinctive beauty. Flowers from late spring to late fall. (Asclepias curassavica)
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  23. Windwalker™Royal Red Sage, Salvia darcyi x microphylla PWIN02S

    Windwalker™Royal Red Sage is a hummingbird’s dream come true. Ruby-red blooms stand atop tall stems, calling pollinators from miles around. Gardeners delight in how easy this sal...

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    Windwalker™Royal Red Sage Windwalker™Royal Red Sage Salvia darcyi x microphylla PWIN02S
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    Windwalker™Royal Red Sage is a hummingbird’s dream come true. Ruby-red blooms stand atop tall stems, calling pollinators from miles around. Gardeners delight in how easy this salvia grows – a graceful open habit, quick growth, and majestic size are just a few of its charms. Blooms earlier and over a long season. Improved winter hardiness. (Salvia darcyi x microphylla PWIN02S)
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  24. Penstemon Red Riding Hood, Bearded Tongue

    'Red Riding Hood' Penstemon has bold, cherry-red spikes that form on compact, upright foliage and act as a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. This easy-to-grow perennial makes ...

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    Red Riding Hood Penstemon Red Riding Hood Beardtongue PP#18950 Penstemon Red Riding Hood PP#18950
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Red Riding Hood' Penstemon has bold, cherry-red spikes that form on compact, upright foliage and act as a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies. This easy-to-grow perennial makes a unique, vibrant statement in the garden and is lovely when cut for bouquets. Drought-tolerant. (Penstemon) PP#18950
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