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. 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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  2. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia in bloom in perennial garden

    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green f...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Goldsturm' Black Eyed Susan brings a burst of showy color to the full-sun garden. Golden yellow, daisy-like petals surround nectar-rich, brown center 'buttons' set atop deep green foliage. Unbothered by most pests, poor soils, drought and humidity, 'Goldsturm' is easygoing and the perfect addition to flower arrangements and pollinator gardens. Deer resistant and long-lasting. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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  3. Aster Purple Dome

    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, mak...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster New England Aster Purple Dome Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, making it a great choice for containers, borders and small-space gardens. 'Purple Dome' bursts into bloom in the late summer, providing much-needed color and vital nectar for pollinators right when much of the garden has finished for the season. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  4. Red Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

    Cardinal Flower, a hummingbird favorite, puts on a show in late summer with tall, vivid red flower spikes that add bold color to the late-season garden. Native to North America, it t...

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    Cardinal Flower Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cardinal Flower, a hummingbird favorite, puts on a show in late summer with tall, vivid red flower spikes that add bold color to the late-season garden. Native to North America, it thrives in partially-shaded areas with moist soil and will naturalize if conditions are favorable. Tolerates deer. (Lobelia cardinalis)
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Pink Astilbe chinensis Visions, Astilbe chinensis, Chinese Astilbe, Close Up

    More drought-tolerant than other Astilbes, 'Visions' performs superbly in dry spots. Low-growing, fern-like foliage is topped by deep, magenta-pink plumes and is a perfect addtion to...

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    Visions Astilbe Chinese Astilbe Visions Astilbe chinensis Visions
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
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    More drought-tolerant than other Astilbes, 'Visions' performs superbly in dry spots. Low-growing, fern-like foliage is topped by deep, magenta-pink plumes and is a perfect addtion to shade and part-shade spots. While this beauty can turns heads by looks alone, you'll likely find yourself drawn to its ability to thrive in the mid-summer garden. (Astilbe chinensis)
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  8. White Astilbe japonica Deutschland, Astilbe japonica, False Spirea, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy ...

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    Deutschland Astilbe Deutschland False Spirea Astilbe japonica Deutschland
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy green, mounding foliage. Very showy and very easy to care for, like most astilbes, this one is resistant to both deer and rabbits. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica)
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  9. 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 $17.98 Sale $8.99
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    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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  10. 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 $15.95 Sale $7.98
    Per Plant - 3" 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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  11. Giant Black Eyed Susan or Great Coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima

    Bring the native beauty of the prairie to your garden beds with the dramatic Giant Black Eyed Susan. Low, gray-green foliage clusters send up tall stalks topped with yellow coneflowe...

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    Giant Black Eyed Susan Giant Black Eyed Susan, Great Coneflower Rudbeckia maxima
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Bring the native beauty of the prairie to your garden beds with the dramatic Giant Black Eyed Susan. Low, gray-green foliage clusters send up tall stalks topped with yellow coneflowers in early summer. Blooms are loved by finches and butterflies. A low-maintenance plant that excels in average and poor soils. Deer resistant. (Rudbeckia maxima)
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  12. Dark Red Astilbe Glow, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    'Glow' Astilbe produces striking, dark red flowers against bronze-red foliage. Bright, feathery plumes hold their color as they age and dry on the stem. A real stand-out in any shady...

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    Glow Astilbe False Spirea Glow Astilbe arendsii Glow
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Glow' Astilbe produces striking, dark red flowers against bronze-red foliage. Bright, feathery plumes hold their color as they age and dry on the stem. A real stand-out in any shady garden' 'Glow' is deer resistant. (Astilbe arendsii)
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  13. Astilbe Mix, Astilbe, False Spirea

    Add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden with our Astilbe Mix. 'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight, 'Montgomery' Astilbe has feathery, ...

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    Astilbe Mix False Spirea Mix Astilbe Mix
    $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Bag of 5
    Add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden with our Astilbe Mix. 'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight, 'Montgomery' Astilbe has feathery, magenta-crimson blooms and 'Rheinland' Astilbe adds graceful pink plumes to illuminate the shade garden. Also known as False Spirea, our Astilbe Mixture is deer resistant and amazingly easy to grow. Make sure to plant extra, as these blooms make for gorgeous summer bouquets and last all year long if dried. Astilbe makes a bold statement on their own or paired with other shade-loving perennials, such as Hostas and Columbines.
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  14. Fantasy™ Red Riding Hood Anemone

    Fantasy™ 'Red Riding Hood' Anemone PPAF is a vigorous compact perennial with deep pink flowers that gives you color late in the summer season – right when you need it! Golden yel...

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    Fantasy™ Red Riding Hood Anemone Red Riding Hood Fantasy™ Windflower PPAF Anemone Fantasy™ Red Riding Hood PPAF
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Fantasy™ 'Red Riding Hood' Anemone PPAF is a vigorous compact perennial with deep pink flowers that gives you color late in the summer season – right when you need it! Golden yellow centers transform into puffy seed heads for the fall garden, and deep green foliage is up early in the spring. These Windflowers are from the popular Fantasy series, and are covered in blooms from mid-summer through fall. Partial shade to full sun sites. (Anemone)
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  15. Blue Aster Wood's Blue, Aster dumosus, Aster

    Excellent low growing Dwarf Aster Wood's Blue is one of the big favorites among the short asters. Wonderful for edging or the front of the border with fine textured foliage to contra...

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    Wood's Blue Aster New York Aster Wood's Blue Aster novi-belgii Wood's Blue
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Excellent low growing Dwarf Aster Wood's Blue is one of the big favorites among the short asters. Wonderful for edging or the front of the border with fine textured foliage to contrast with the dense flowers. (Aster)
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  16. Astilbe chinensis Maggie Daley

    For lavender-pink blooms in shady gardens, ‘Maggie Daley’ astilbe is at the top of the list. Slightly more tolerant of dry soils than other astilbes, it’s still at its best in ...

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    Maggie Daley Astilbe Chinese Astilbe Maggie Daley Astilbe chinensis Maggie Daley
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 3
    For lavender-pink blooms in shady gardens, ‘Maggie Daley’ astilbe is at the top of the list. Slightly more tolerant of dry soils than other astilbes, it’s still at its best in a moist location. Mid-summer blooms are held in dense panicles and will dry in place for fall interest. Pinnate, deep green foliage. Clump forming. (Astilbe chinensis)
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  17. White Anemone Whirlwind, Anemone hybrida, Windflower

    Whirlwind’s pure white, satiny flowers are offset by green and yellow centers. This vigorous deer resistant grower attracts butterflies and illuminates the garden from late summer ...

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    Anemone Whirlwind Windflower Anemone hybrida
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Whirlwind’s pure white, satiny flowers are offset by green and yellow centers. This vigorous deer resistant grower attracts butterflies and illuminates the garden from late summer into the fall. (Anemone hybrida)
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  18. Anemone Honorine Jobert hybrida, Windflower

    Anemone Honorine Jobert also known as windflower is a compact and vigorous bloomer. Honorine Jobert produces beautiful white flowers that are excellent for cutting. Great for woodl...

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    Honorine Jobert Japanese Anemone Honorine Jobert Japanese Anemone Anemone Honorine Jobert
    $14.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Anemone Honorine Jobert also known as windflower is a compact and vigorous bloomer. Honorine Jobert produces beautiful white flowers that are excellent for cutting. Great for woodland settings or shaded areas. (Anemone Hybrida)
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