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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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Hayscented Fern, Dennstaedtia fronds

    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. ...

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    Hay Scented Fern Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. Growing from 18-24" tall, Hay-Scented Fern will spread quickly to form colonies that can cover a large expanse. When the fronds are disturbed, the lovely scent of summertime hay wafts through the air. (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
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  9. Echinacea Pow Wow White, Coneflower

    ‘PowWow White’ Coneflower is a robust echinacea with pristine petals, sturdy stems and neat, tidy foliage. Upright, center cones are eye-catching, transitioning from pale green a...

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    PowWow® White Echinacea Coneflower PowWow® White PAS702918 Echinacea purpurea PowWow® White PAS702918
    $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘PowWow White’ Coneflower is a robust echinacea with pristine petals, sturdy stems and neat, tidy foliage. Upright, center cones are eye-catching, transitioning from pale green at the base to pure gold at each tip. A fast grower, ‘Powow White’ is long-blooming, drought tolerant, and cold hardy once established. A haven for pollinators.
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  10. 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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  11. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  12. Berry Chiffon Tickseed, Coreopsis verticillata Berry Chiffon

    Coreopsis Berry Chiffon has delightful petals with raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant ensures your enjoy...

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    Berry Chiffon Coreopsis Berry Chiffon Tickseed PP#27414 Coreopsis verticillata Berry Chiffon PP#27414
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Coreopsis Berry Chiffon has delightful petals with raspberry hued centers and white edges. Developed to be disease resistant, deer resistant, and drought tolerant ensures your enjoyment of this prolific bloomer. No deadheading needed to help Berry Chiffon produce flowers from early summer to early fall. (Coreopsis)
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  13. 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
    $6.65 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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  14. Black Eyed Susan Prairie Sun close up yellow flowers

    Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ produces gorgeous daisy-like blooms from early-summer through frost. Large, 5-inch flowers bear overlapping rings of orange petals tipped in lemon-yellow ...

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    Prairie Sun Black Eyed Susan Prairie Sun Black Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy Rudbeckia hirta Prairie Sun
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Rudbeckia ‘Prairie Sun’ produces gorgeous daisy-like blooms from early-summer through frost. Large, 5-inch flowers bear overlapping rings of orange petals tipped in lemon-yellow and surrounding a bright green eye. Flowers stand atop tall sturdy stems perfect for cutting and attract scores of butterflies. Low maintenance and deer resistant. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  15. Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6...

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    Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Scarlet Flame
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6 inch blooms atop needle-like foliage. Plant 'Scarlet Flame' in tricky areas like steep banks and rock walls to watch its flowers skillfully spread. Very cold hardy. (Phlox subulata)
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  16. Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue, Phlox subulata

    'Emerald Blue' Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender-blue flowers in spring. Extremely easy to grow, its early ...

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    Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Emerald Blue
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Emerald Blue' Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender-blue flowers in spring. Extremely easy to grow, its early season blooms last for weeks and attract butterflies. Deer resistant and drought tolerant once mature. (Phlox subulata)
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  17. Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Candy Stripe' Creeping Phlox produces striking blooms in hues of pink and white atop masses of evergreen foliage. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, use this perennial groundcover...

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    Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox Candy Stripe Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Candy Stripe
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Candy Stripe' Creeping Phlox produces striking blooms in hues of pink and white atop masses of evergreen foliage. Drought tolerant and deer resistant, use this perennial groundcover to spill down banks, spread under trees, and lend its joyful color to hard to manage areas. Excellent in rock gardens. (Phlox subulata)
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  18. Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox creates a mat of bright purple blooms paired with deep violet center eyes and grass-like foliage. This 4-6" tall spreading perennial flowers in the spr...

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    Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Purple Beauty
    As low as $8.65 Sale $6.49
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    'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox creates a mat of bright purple blooms paired with deep violet center eyes and grass-like foliage. This 4-6" tall spreading perennial flowers in the springtime under full sun, but can be planted under trees that leaf out and create shade later in the season. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, 'Purple Beauty' carries a sweet fragrance that attracts butterflies. (Phlox subulata)
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  19. Snowflake Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    ‘Snowflake’ Creeping Phlox carpets the spring garden with pure white, star-shaped flowers that last several weeks. Foliage spreads to create a dense and lush evergreen groundcove...

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    Snowflake Creeping Phlox Snowflake Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Snowflake
    As low as $8.65 Sale $6.49
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    ‘Snowflake’ Creeping Phlox carpets the spring garden with pure white, star-shaped flowers that last several weeks. Foliage spreads to create a dense and lush evergreen groundcover. Spectacular spilling over the edge of a stone wall, cascading across boulders in a rock garden or pouring out of mixed containers. Pet friendly and deer resistant. (Phlox subulata)
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  20. Carefree Creeping Phlox Collection

    Our Carefree Creeping Phlox Collection offers a beautiful quilt-like groundcover to dress up the early spring garden. Cushiony mats of fine-textured foliage burst into bloom, blanket...

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    Carefree Creeping Phlox Collection Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata
    As low as $33.32 Sale $24.99
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    Our Carefree Creeping Phlox Collection offers a beautiful quilt-like groundcover to dress up the early spring garden. Cushiony mats of fine-textured foliage burst into bloom, blanketing the garden in star-shaped flowers and attracting pollinators. Lovely planted along a walkway, tucked among the boulders of a rock garden, or cascading over a rock wall or the edge of a planter. Choose from a Collection of 4 or 12 plants.
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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 $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    '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 Coneflower

    Echinacea purpurea, or purple coneflower, produces long-lasting mauve pink to purple daisy-like flowers. Coneflower is one of the finest native perennials, attracting all types of bu...

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    Purple Coneflower Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
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    Echinacea purpurea, or purple coneflower, produces long-lasting mauve pink to purple daisy-like flowers. Coneflower is one of the finest native perennials, attracting all types of butterflies, birds and bees to your garden. This easy to grow coneflower is tough, withstanding both drought and cold temperatures. (Echinacea purpurea)
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  23. Red Ornamental Grasses, Andropogon Red October

    'Red October' has attractive foliage that changes color seasonally. Beginning as a gray-blue in spring, deepening to blue-green in summer, and then dramatically turning a brilliant s...

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    Red October Big Bluestem Grass Big Bluestem Grass Red October PP#26283 Andropogon gerardii Red October PP#26283
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Red October' has attractive foliage that changes color seasonally. Beginning as a gray-blue in spring, deepening to blue-green in summer, and then dramatically turning a brilliant scarlet-red come fall, this grass brings some serious drama! The perfect ornamental grass to add winter interest, 'Red October' is both deer resistant and drought tolerant. (Andropogon gerardii)
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  24. 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
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
    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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