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. muhlenbergia capillaris, pink cloud muhly grass in the garden

    'Pink Cloud' Muhly Grass sends billows of airy pink flower panicles dancing in the wind for a stunning autumn display. The graceful, arching foliage is equally magnificent, providing...

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    Pink Cloud Muhly Grass Pink Cloud Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris
    As low as $21.98 Sale $10.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Pink Cloud' Muhly Grass sends billows of airy pink flower panicles dancing in the wind for a stunning autumn display. The graceful, arching foliage is equally magnificent, providing movement and structure to mixed borders. This native plant is not just beautiful its easy to grow, drought resistant, and deer resistant, too. Tuck cuttings of 'Pink Cloud' Muhly Grass into flower arrangements for lavish texture. Simply breathtaking when planted in flowing drifts and sparkling in the afternoon sun. (Muhlenbergia capillaris)
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  2. Creeping Speedwell, Veronica prostrata

    Forming a low mat of attractive foliage and flowers, Creeping Veronica is an easy-care groundcover that even tolerates light foot traffic. From late spring through early summer, spik...

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    Creeping Veronica Creeping Speedwell Veronica prostrata
    As low as $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Forming a low mat of attractive foliage and flowers, Creeping Veronica is an easy-care groundcover that even tolerates light foot traffic. From late spring through early summer, spikes of tiny, pale to dark blue flowers form on upright stems, brightening the garden and attracting pollinators. This versatile Veronica will gently form a deer-and-rabbit-resistant groundcover, without invading the garden. (Veronica)
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  3. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  4. Butterfly Weed Hello Yellow, Asclepias tuberosa

    'Hello Yellow' Butterfly Weed was developed from the native Butterfly Weed and has golden clusters of flowers. Typical of Butterfly Weed, 'Hello Yellow' has narrow green leaves that ...

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    Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Hello Yellow Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
    As low as $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Hello Yellow' Butterfly Weed was developed from the native Butterfly Weed and has golden clusters of flowers. Typical of Butterfly Weed, 'Hello Yellow' has narrow green leaves that serve as an important food source for Monarch caterpillars. Many pollinators will be attracted to the flowers as they bloom from July through August. Drought tolerant and easy to grow in your sunny butterfly garden. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  5. Coral Bells Caramel, Heuchera Caramel, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden

    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy...

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    Caramel Coral Bells Caramel Coral Bells PP#16560 Heuchera Caramel PP#16560
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caramel' Coral Bells has distinctive foliage in warm honey tones. This native hybrid unfurls in early spring in hues of deep grey-red, warming by early summer to its candy-colored hue, inviting pollinators to the garden with lovely pink flowers. 'Caramel' Coral Bells provides lasting contrast and texture throughout the growing season, holding up well to summer’s humidity and heat. (Heuchera)
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  6. Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Coccineus with Lavender

    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)...

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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)
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  7. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  8. Yellow Coreopsis Early Sunrise

    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora)...

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    Early Sunrise Coreopsis Early Sunrise Tickseed Coreopsis grandiflora Early Sunrise
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cheerful Tickseed Early Sunrise is a beautiful double form of Coreopsis grandiflora, growing only to about two feet tall. (Coreopsis grandiflora)
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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. Meadow Rue, Thalictrum rochebrunianum, close up of lavender-pink blossoms

    Meadow Rue’s lacy, blue-green leaves are arranged in airy tiers on strong, upright stems. In mid-to-late summer, wiry flower stems rise above the foliage, holding pendulous cluster...

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    Meadow Rue Meadow Rue Thalictrum rochebrunianum
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Meadow Rue’s lacy, blue-green leaves are arranged in airy tiers on strong, upright stems. In mid-to-late summer, wiry flower stems rise above the foliage, holding pendulous clusters of lavender-pink blossoms gently swaying in the breeze. Meadow Rue is a sturdy, long-lived, easy-care perennial that is at home in meadows, perennial gardens, and dramatic container plantings. (Thalictrum)
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  12. 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
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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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. New Vintage Violet™ Yarrow, Achillea New Vintage Violet™

    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate t...

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    New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow New Vintage™ Violet Yarrow Achillea millefolium New Vintage™ Violet
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Throw a dazzling red-violet highlight into your pollinator garden with New Vintage® 'Violet' Yarrow. Compact fern-like foliage softens sturdy upright stems, adding a delicate texture to blooms that last from late spring to late summer. Remove spent blooms for a second late-season bloom. This native cultivar is deer resistant, and will attract pollinators in hot, dry, and sunny locations. (Achillea)
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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. 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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  18. 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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  19. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
    As low as $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
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  20. Lupine Gallery Blue, Lupinus

    'Gallery Blue' Lupine grows 18-24 inches tall and shares its saturated indigo blooms in early summer. Pollinators are drawn to the nectar-rich spires of densley-packed, sweet pea-sha...

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    Gallery Blue Lupine Gallery Blue Lupine Lupinus x intermedia Gallery Blue
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Gallery Blue' Lupine grows 18-24 inches tall and shares its saturated indigo blooms in early summer. Pollinators are drawn to the nectar-rich spires of densley-packed, sweet pea-shaped blossoms, but deer and rabbits will leave them alone. Showy, palmate foliage makes a great backdrop for late-season blooms after 'Gallery Blue' finishes its summer show. (Lupinus)
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  21. Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium

    'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color th...

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    Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color than most of the species, and late summer brings slender deep-purple plumes atop the foliage for an added layer of color. In autumn, small, airy, silver-white seed heads glisten in the autumn sun, against foliage that shifts to a warm bronze-orange color. Leave standing over winter to enjoy the colors and textures. An outstanding choice for both formal structured mass plantings and natural-looking landscapes. An exceptionally cold-hardy grass. (Schizachyrium scoparium)
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  22. Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close

    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost blac...

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    Big Blue Liriope Grass Big Blue Monkey Grass Liriope muscari Big Blue
    As low as $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black berries in fall. Plants tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to shade, clay to sandy soils, and wet or dry sites. Liriope provides excellent erosion control, and is often used as a lawn alternative or groundcover. Evergreen foliage in warm southern climates. Plants are rabbit and deer-proof, making 'Big Blue' an easy choice for the no-fuss gardener. (Liriope muscari)
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  23. Jethro Tull Tickseed, Coreopsis Jethro Tull

    Few perennials bloom as reliably and profusely as Coreopsis, and 'Jethro Tull' Coreopsis just might take the prize for the most extravagant display of all. Golden yellow flowers f...

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    Jethro Tull Coreopsis Jethro Tull Tickseed Coreopsis Jethro Tull
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Few perennials bloom as reliably and profusely as Coreopsis, and 'Jethro Tull' Coreopsis just might take the prize for the most extravagant display of all. Golden yellow flowers feature overlapping fluted petals surrounding a pollen-rich center, beckoning pollinators from far and wide. This compact, drought-tolerant perennial will naturalize, a standout in hot, sunny borders, planters, and cottage gardens.
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  24. 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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