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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. Sedum reflexum Angelina, Stonecrop

    Dwarf Stonecrop Angelina is an evergreen mat of needle-like foliage in chartreuse with tips turning reddish-orange in fall. Drought tolerant. PPAF (Sedum reflexum)...

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    Angelina Sedum Angelina Stonecrop (Patent Pending) Sedum rupestre Angelina (Patent Pending)
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Stonecrop Angelina is an evergreen mat of needle-like foliage in chartreuse with tips turning reddish-orange in fall. Drought tolerant. PPAF (Sedum reflexum)
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  2. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  3. Royal Catchfly, Silene regia

    A showy prairie native for tough soils, Royal Catchfly brings bright red to the garden or meadow palette. Standing tall with starry scarlet flowers, they are highly attractive to rub...

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    Wild Royal Catchfly Royal Catchfly Silene regia
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A showy prairie native for tough soils, Royal Catchfly brings bright red to the garden or meadow palette. Standing tall with starry scarlet flowers, they are highly attractive to ruby-throated hummingbirds and black swallowtail butterflies. Tiny white hairs softly coat lanceolate leaves, giving Royal Catchfly a downy appearance and creating contrast for mid-to-late summer flowers. (Silene regia)
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  4. Crème Caramel Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata Crème Caramel, photo courtesy of the National Garden Bureau

    Dip into to the sophisticated side of native flowers with the fabulous Crème Caramel Coreopsis. Dainty peach and terracotta flowers with yellow centers bloom for several weeks in su...

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    Creme Caramel Coreopsis Crème Caramel Tickseed Coreopsis verticillata Crème Caramel
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dip into to the sophisticated side of native flowers with the fabulous Crème Caramel Coreopsis. Dainty peach and terracotta flowers with yellow centers bloom for several weeks in summer, topping deep green threadleaf foliage. Color deepens with cooler temperatures. This attractive native cultivar will invite pollinators and seed-eating birds such as chickadees and finches to your garden. (Coreopsis verticillata)
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  5. Common Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale

    Standing tall in a meadow or garden bed, Helenium autumnale is a must-have for native plant enthusiasts. Joyfully arching toward the sun, flowers feature scalloped golden petals arou...

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    Wild Helenium autumnale Common Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Standing tall in a meadow or garden bed, Helenium autumnale is a must-have for native plant enthusiasts. Joyfully arching toward the sun, flowers feature scalloped golden petals around a button-like center. Tall stems are covered in dark green lanceolate leaves. With abundant late-season blooms, this native wildflower is a rich source of food for both native bees and honey bees preparing for autumn.
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  6. Bottle Gentian, Gentiana andrewsii

    A native perennial for sunny, moist sites, Bottle Gentian adds gentle blues to the late season garden. Clusters of violet-blue pod-shaped flowers are surrounded by a whorl of lanceol...

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    Wild Bottle Gentian Bottle Gentian Gentiana andrewsii
    $18.65 Sale $13.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A native perennial for sunny, moist sites, Bottle Gentian adds gentle blues to the late season garden. Clusters of violet-blue pod-shaped flowers are surrounded by a whorl of lanceolate green leaves. Bumblebees are one of the only insects strong enough to open the blossoms, making this a favorite fall food source for them. Native to the Northeast and Midwest, these long-lived perennials will gently spread over time. (Gentiana andrewsii)
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  7. Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox, Phlox paniculata Fashionably Early Flamingo, photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Enjoy the beauty of tall garden phlox up to three weeks earlier with Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox. This native cultivar features fragrant orchid-purple flower clusters that attra...

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    Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox PP#29911 Phlox paniculata Fashionably Early Flamingo PP#29911
    $9.99 Sale $7.49
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    Enjoy the beauty of tall garden phlox up to three weeks earlier with Fashionably Early Flamingo Phlox. This native cultivar features fragrant orchid-purple flower clusters that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, and look beautiful in cut flower bouquets. Attractive deep green upright foliage is mildew resistant.
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  8. Pink Echinacea Magnus, Echinacea purpurea, Coneflower

    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent...

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    Magnus Echinacea Purple Coneflower Magnus Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Magnus' Coneflower has vibrant pink, ray-like flowers that surround deep-orange center cones, attracting plentiful pollinators to the garden throughout the summer. Leaving the spent stems and flowerheads in place to overwinter will also attract birds. Coneflowers are notably tough native plants and 'Magnus' is no exception, withstanding drought, clay, humidity and harsh winter conditions without complaint. Easy to grow, this plant is a great choice for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
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  9. 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 $7.99 Sale $5.99
    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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  10. 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 $13.32 Sale $9.99
    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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  11. Russian Sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia

    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry ...

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    Russian Sage Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Russian Sage delivers tall, airy spires of lavender-blue color on highly-textured silver-gray foliage to the landscape. A robust plant, Russian Sage performs beautifully in hot, dry climates and is drought tolerant once established. Very attractive to pollinators, find a spot for this beautiful specimen where its gentle colors and loose shape can play a supporting role to bolder perennials, like coneflowers, rudbeckia and liatris. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  12. May Night Meadow Sage

    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)...

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    May Night Salvia Meadow Sage May Night Salvia nemorosa May Night
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    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  13. 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 $7.32 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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  14. Nodding Onion with whimsical purple star-shaped flowers, Allium cernuum

    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumb...

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    Nodding Onion (Allium) Nodding Onion Allium cernuum
    As low as $11.32 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumblebee. These easy-to-grow, deer resistant flowers will add a layer of detail to any garden design, including border edges, meadow-style gardens, or containers. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love the native flowers! (Allium cernuum)
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  15. Lamium Orchid Frost, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle PP#11122 Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost PP#11122
    As low as $6.65 Sale $4.99
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    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)
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  16. 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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  17. 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 $9.32 Sale $6.99
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    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)
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  18. Red Head Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuriodes

    'Red Head' Fountain Grass stands out as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. 'Red Head' dazzles with bottlebrush plumes that emerge burgundy red in mid-to-late summer. Sof...

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    Red Head Fountain Grass Red Head Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuriodes Red Head
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    'Red Head' Fountain Grass stands out as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. 'Red Head' dazzles with bottlebrush plumes that emerge burgundy red in mid-to-late summer. Soft, fuzzy plumes shift to a silvery hue in fall and remain in place throughout winter. Flowing, ribbon-like grass blades adds texture and motion throughout the seasons, with leaves taking on yellow highlights in autumn. An excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. (Pennisetum alopecuriodes)
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  19. 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
    $17.32 Sale $12.99
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    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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  20. 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
    $11.32 Sale $8.49
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    '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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  21. PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea

    This unique Echinacea produces showy, rose-purple blooms that last throughout the summer, even without deadheading. PowWow Wild Berry puts out more flowers than any other Coneflower ...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea Coneflower PowWow® Wild Berry PAS702917 Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry PAS702917
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This unique Echinacea produces showy, rose-purple blooms that last throughout the summer, even without deadheading. PowWow Wild Berry puts out more flowers than any other Coneflower variety and will attract a variety if pollinators. Sturdy, upright stems make this echinacea a great choice for windy spots and cutting gardens alike. (Echinacea purpurea)
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  22. Hameln Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides

    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 fe...

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    Hameln Fountain Grass Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn, and finally, pale blonde in winter. 'Hameln' is a favorite for birds and resists hungry deer. A great match for late-season perennials and colorful shrubs in the mixed border, as well as cut or dried flower arrangements. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
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  23. Purple Russian Sage Lacey Blue, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Dwarf Russian Sage

    'Lacey Blue' Russian Sage boasts wonderful spikes of lavender-blue flowers that bloom from mid summer all the way into early fall, providing extended interest with its fragrant, gray...

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    Lacey Blue Russian Sage Dwarf Russian Sage Lacey Blue PP#20845 Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacey Blue PP#20845
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Lacey Blue' Russian Sage boasts wonderful spikes of lavender-blue flowers that bloom from mid summer all the way into early fall, providing extended interest with its fragrant, gray foliage. A tough, hardy, and drought-resistant perennial that handles heat and humidity beautifully, 'Lacey Blue' also provides late-season food for bees. PP#20845 (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  24. 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
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    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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