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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Shady Nook Fern Collection

    The Shady Nook Fern Collection adds a touch of grace to the garden with smooth lines of flowing foliage. A soothing color palette blends layers of cool green and blue with silver and...

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    Shady Nook Fern Collection Shady Nook Fern Collection
    $54.98 Sale $27.49
    Per Collection of 3
    The Shady Nook Fern Collection adds a touch of grace to the garden with smooth lines of flowing foliage. A soothing color palette blends layers of cool green and blue with silver and burgundy accents. These deer-resistant plants are perfect for naturalizing in woodland gardens and other shady sites. Three unique growth habits make for an eye-catching grouping. Three plants.
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  4. 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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  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. 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
    Per Bag of 3
    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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  7. 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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  8. American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan

    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breedin...

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    American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 Rudbeckia American Gold Rush PP#28498
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breeding and a slightly smaller stature. Their deep green, narrow foliage will stay fresh and beautiful throughout the season, even in humid areas. 'American Gold Rush' blooms heavily from mid-summer through early fall. Rich ochre blooms are a pollinator favorite in a sunny garden or meadow. (Rudbeckia)
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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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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. Northern Exposure™ 'Amber' Coral Bells

    Northern Exposure™ 'Amber' Coral Bells has incredibly colorful and vigorous foliage. This gorgeous Heuchera has a vigorous, mounded habit and large lobed leaves in several shades o...

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    Northern Exposure™ Amber Coral Bells Northern Exposure™ Amber Coral Bells Heuchera Northern Exposure™ Amber
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Northern Exposure™ 'Amber' Coral Bells has incredibly colorful and vigorous foliage. This gorgeous Heuchera has a vigorous, mounded habit and large lobed leaves in several shades of burnt-orange. Great for dappled to part-shade gardens, or sunny gardens with protection from afternoon sun. Tiny, yellow bell flowers are held above the foliage in spring. Rust resistant. (Heuchera)
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  11. Orange and Yellow Helenium Mardi Gras, Sneezeweed

    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium i...

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    Mardi Gras Helenium Sneezeweed Mardi Grass PP#15124 Helenium Mardi Gras PP#15124
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium is deer resistant and can be planted both in the garden and in containers. A butterfly favorite that blooms from summer through fall. (Helenium) PP#15124
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Purple Aster, Aster novi-belgii, New York Aster

    New York Aster, also known as Purple Aster, blooms in clusters of deep-purple, daisy-like flowers with golden centers. Lasting into fall and even withstanding frosts, this native ast...

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    Purple Aster New York Aster Aster novi-belgii
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    New York Aster, also known as Purple Aster, blooms in clusters of deep-purple, daisy-like flowers with golden centers. Lasting into fall and even withstanding frosts, this native aster attracts all types of butterflies, birds, and bees to your garden and is a great way to provide nectar to pollinators late in the season. New York Aster is deer resistant and thrives in full sun. (Aster novii-belgii)
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  15. '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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  16. KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster, Aster novae-angliae, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a t...

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    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster Aster novae-angliae
    $10.98 Sale $5.49
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    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a time, providing a rich source of nectar for pollinators. This low-maintenance marvel maintains a tight, bushy habit without cutting back. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  17. American Dream' Coreopsis

    American Dream' Coreopsis has quartz-pink petals around sunny yellow centers, a dusty pink complement to the traditionally hot colors of coreopsis. Threadlike lime green foliage is t...

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    American Dream Coreopsis American Dream Tickseed Coreopsis rosea American Dream
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Dream' Coreopsis has quartz-pink petals around sunny yellow centers, a dusty pink complement to the traditionally hot colors of coreopsis. Threadlike lime green foliage is topped with bountiful daisy-like flowers in midsummer. 'American Dream' is a low-growing cultivar that spreads well in the garden, particularly in average soils with low fertility. An excellent North American native to attract butterflies to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Coreopsis rosea)
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  18. 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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  19. Astilbe arendsii Europa, False Spirea

    The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ Astilbe add an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-loving pe...

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    Europa Astilbe Japanese Astilbe Europa Astilbe arendsii Europa
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ Astilbe add an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-loving perennial will dry in place for four-season interest. Great for edge-of-stream or pond gardens. Clump forming. (Astilbe japonica)
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  20. Mariachi™ 'Siesta' Helenium

    Mariachi™ 'Siesta' Helenium PP#25,969 has got it all--excellent hardiness, hot color, and compact size! Compact 'Siesta' is from the new Mariachi™ series of colorful Sneezeweeds,...

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    Mariachi™ Siesta Helenium Mariachi™ Siesta Helen's Flower PP#25,969 Helenium Mariachi™ Siesta PP#25,969
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    Mariachi™ 'Siesta' Helenium PP#25,969 has got it all--excellent hardiness, hot color, and compact size! Compact 'Siesta' is from the new Mariachi™ series of colorful Sneezeweeds, and boasts fascinating cone centers of maroon and gold surrounded by petals in bright bluish red. Sometimes called Helen Flower or Sneezeweed, it's covered in blooms from summer to fall. 'Siesta' should be planted in a well-drained sunny soil with average fertility. A pollinator favorite. (Helenium)
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  21. 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
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    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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  22. 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
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    '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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  23. Red Astilbe japonica Montgomery, Astilbe, False Spirea

    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of co...

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    Montgomery Astilbe False Spirea Montgomery Astilbe japonica Montgomery
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of color and is a perfect choice for mass plantings. Leaves emerge bronze-red in spring and turn green over the course of the season. Prefers moist soil. (Astilbe japonica)
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  24. 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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