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. 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 $16.98 Sale $8.49
    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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  2. 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
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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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  3. 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
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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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  4. Painted Trillium, Trillium undulatum, Wake-Robin

    Painted Trillium is an enchanting woodland wildflower, with delicate white petals and a magenta-red center burst. Native to the northern woods, each plant produces a single bloom tha...

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    Painted Trillium Wake Robin, Painted Lady Trillium undulatum
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    Painted Trillium is an enchanting woodland wildflower, with delicate white petals and a magenta-red center burst. Native to the northern woods, each plant produces a single bloom that sits atop three whorled leaves. Painted Trillium prefers acid soils but can adapt itself to sweeter, more alkaline soils as long as it is given a good amount of shade and moisture. (Trillium undulatum)
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  5. White Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-do...

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    Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
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    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-down, hung-to-dry pants. Blooming in early spring, the delicate fern-like foliage lasts on, changing from a gray-green to pale yellow. A simple yet striking addition to the shade or woodland garden. (Dicentra cucullaria)
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  6. Viola Sweet White Violet, Viola blanda, © Arthur Haines New England Wild Flower Society

    Sweet White Violets are perennial wildflowers native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the wild, they spread to form large carpets on the forest floor, with white flowers o...

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    Sweet White Violet Violet Sweet White Viola blanda Sweet White
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    Sweet White Violets are perennial wildflowers native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the wild, they spread to form large carpets on the forest floor, with white flowers on single stalks emerging in spring. Deep green heart-shaped leaves persist throughout the summer. It’s worth finding a spot for these easy-care, fragrant flowers in the shade garden. (Viola blanda)
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  7. 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
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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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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  8. 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
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    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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  9. 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
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    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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