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Deer Resistant Perennials

Keep The Deer Away With These Natural Plant Defenses

These plants have natural defenses that help deter deer. For example, many deer-resistant perennials are very fragrant, an attribute that is highly appealing to gardeners, but a huge turn-off to deer, as well as rabbits, woodchucks, and other critters. If you have high deer pressure in your neighborhood, these plants are a great place to start for designing a garden that stays off the spring menu.

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  1. Dragon's Blood Sedum

    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with v...

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    Dragon's Blood Sedum Stonecrop Dragon's Blood Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood
    As low as $10.65 Sale $7.99
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    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with vivid red, starry flowers in late summer. Foliage turns crimson with the arrival of cool weather. 'Dragon's Blood' makes an excellent groundcover owing to its spreading habit and tolerance of dry soils. (Sedum spurium)
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  2. Lesser Catmint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

    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
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    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. 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year. (Calamintha nepeta)
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  3. Coral Bells Palace Purple, Heuchera

    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. Perennial Plant Association Plant ...

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    Palace Purple Palace Purple Coral Bells Heuchera micrantha Palace Purple
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    The brilliant hue of Palace Purple is a now famous Heuchera, this variety of Coral Bells provides both beautiful foliage and flowers. To 18" tall. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year 1991. (Heuchera micrantha)
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  4. Li'l Bang™ Red Elf Tickseed PP#27918, Coreopsis Li'l Bang™  Red Elf PP#27918, photo courtesy of Walter's Gardens Inc.

    Li'l Bang Red Elf PPAF is one of the smallest, compact Coreopsis reaching heights of 9-12”. Although its shorter, it has larger blooms than most and it produces a unique red flower...

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    Li'l Bang™ Red Elf Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Red Elf Tickseed PP#27918 Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Red Elf PP#27918
    $11.32 Sale $8.49
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    Li'l Bang Red Elf PPAF is one of the smallest, compact Coreopsis reaching heights of 9-12”. Although its shorter, it has larger blooms than most and it produces a unique red flower with white tips. Plant as a border and enjoy blooms from summer to early fall. (Tickseed)
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  5. 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
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    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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  6. 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
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
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    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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  7. 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
    $7.99 Sale $5.99
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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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  8. Helleborus Wedding Party True Love, Blooming Purple Lenten Rose, Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

    Wedding Party™ ‘True Love’ Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, has irresistible mauve petals with an extended bloom time from late winter through spring. Nodding atop upright stems,...

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    Wedding Party™ True Love Helleborus Wedding Party™ True Love Lenten Rose Helleborus Wedding Party™ True Love
    $44.98 Sale $22.49
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    Wedding Party™ ‘True Love’ Hellebore, or Lenten Rose, has irresistible mauve petals with an extended bloom time from late winter through spring. Nodding atop upright stems, dozens of large flowers boast a showy yellow eye, and a fine dark outline accentuates gently ruffled double petals. Thick evergreen foliage is deeply lobed for beauty throughout the seasons. ‘True Love’ is deer and rabbit resistant, and will be at home in almost any shade or woodland garden. Plants are extremely adaptable, tolerating a variety of soil types, and will naturalize and multiply. (Helleborus)
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  9. Super Star Coreopsis

    Bright and happy, 'Super Star' Coreopsis PPAF will light up your pollinator garden or sunny perennial beds with an exciting twist on an old favorite. Huge lemon-yellow flowers have a...

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    Super Star Coreopsis Super Star Tickseed PPAF Coreopsis Super Star PPAF
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
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    Bright and happy, 'Super Star' Coreopsis PPAF will light up your pollinator garden or sunny perennial beds with an exciting twist on an old favorite. Huge lemon-yellow flowers have a ring of deep red brushstrokes, surrounding a fuzzy golden center. Held above grassy green lanceolate foliage, they'll create a low carpet of high-impact bloom from summer through fall. Deer resistant. (Coreopsis)
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  10. 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
    $13.32 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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  11. Luna Red Hibiscus, Hibiscus moscheutos bloom

    Luna Red Hibiscus brings tropical flair to the hardy perennial garden with dramatic eight-inch cranberry red blooms produced continuously from mid to late summer. Broad, deep green f...

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    Luna Red Hibiscus Luna Red Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Luna Red Hibiscus brings tropical flair to the hardy perennial garden with dramatic eight-inch cranberry red blooms produced continuously from mid to late summer. Broad, deep green foliage provides stunning contrast to the bright blooms. More compact growth and dense branching make Luna Red an ideal specimen for containers or borders. Deer resistant. (Hibiscus moscheutos)
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  12. Cracked Ice' Heucherella

    Cracked Ice' Heucherella makes an incredible statement in containers and gardens. Deeply lobed leaves with dark veining have a silver-pink tint in spring and fall, changing to silver...

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    Cracked Ice Heucherella Cracked Ice Foamy Bells Heucherella Cracked Ice
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
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    Cracked Ice' Heucherella makes an incredible statement in containers and gardens. Deeply lobed leaves with dark veining have a silver-pink tint in spring and fall, changing to silver-green in summer. Heucherella, also called Foamy Bells, are easy-to-grow perennials that thrive in part-shade to full-shade and rich, well-drained soil. Spikes of delicate white flowers are held above the foliage in early summer. (Heucherella)
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  13. Midnight Rose Coral Bells

    Midnight Rose' Coral Bells is characterized by its contrast, color and vigor. The rich, plum-black foliage of this lovely Heuchera is spotted with deep pink tones that fade to ivory ...

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    Midnight Rose Coral Bells Midnight Rose Coral Bells Heuchera Midnight Rose
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Midnight Rose' Coral Bells is characterized by its contrast, color and vigor. The rich, plum-black foliage of this lovely Heuchera is spotted with deep pink tones that fade to ivory cream as the season progresses. Tiny salmon-colored flowers are held above the foliage in late spring. Heuchera 'Midnight Rose' is a terrific choice for part-shade gardens, but it also does well in sunny positions. Plant in rich, well-drained soil in part shade to sun. Great for containers. (Heuchera)
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  14. Heucherella Gold Zebra PP22,104, Foamy Bells Gold Zebra

    Heucherella Gold Zebra provides constant vibrant color all summer long with bright yellow and deep red foliage. In mid-late spring white, bell-shaped flowers bloom for added interes...

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    Gold Zebra Heucherella / Coral Bells PP22,104 Foamy Bells Heucherella
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Heucherella Gold Zebra provides constant vibrant color all summer long with bright yellow and deep red foliage. In mid-late spring white, bell-shaped flowers bloom for added interest. This Heucherella is easy to grow and low maintenance. Great for small spaces in shady gardens, or for added texture and interest in containers. Commonly known as Gold Zebra Foamy Bells, Heucherella is a hybrid between Coral Bells and Foam Flower. (Heucheralla)
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