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. 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
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    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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  2. Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium

    'Red Beauty' Japanese Painted Fern is a graceful color-maker in the shade garden, with silver-tinged green fronds that sport deep-burgundy stems and veins. Making its home in moist, ...

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    Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern Japanese Painted Fern Red Beauty Athyrium niponicum Red Beauty
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
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    'Red Beauty' Japanese Painted Fern is a graceful color-maker in the shade garden, with silver-tinged green fronds that sport deep-burgundy stems and veins. Making its home in moist, shady areas, 'Red Beauty' will grow vigourously if the plants are kept well watered, but is not an agressive spreader. Carries a slightly spicy fragrance. (Athyrium niponicum)
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  3. 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
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    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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  4. Red Trillium, Trillium erectum, Wake-Robin

    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and ...

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    Red Trillium Wake Robin, Stinking Benjamin, Purple Trillium Trillium erectum
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
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    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and Wake Robin, the flowers are some of the first to appear in spring and last for just under one month before forming berries that wildlife snack on. Prefers moist shade and rich soil and will naturalize over time. (Trillium erectum)
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  5. 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
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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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  6. Purple Veronica First Glory, Veronica longifolia, Speedwell

    'First Glory' Veronica is a deep-blue spiked flower that adds intriguing texture and color to the early summer garden. Tight, bright-green growing tips contrast beautifully against t...

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    First Glory Veronica Speedwell First Glory PP#23294 Veronica longifolia First Glory PP#23294
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
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    'First Glory' Veronica is a deep-blue spiked flower that adds intriguing texture and color to the early summer garden. Tight, bright-green growing tips contrast beautifully against the developing ultramarine flowers - a real head-turner! Becoming only 12-18" tall, 'First Glory' has a compact growth habit and makes a perfect addition to borders and small-space gardens. PPAF (Veronica)
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  7. 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
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    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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  8. 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
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
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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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  9. Maidenhair Fern

    Airy, lacy, and graceful, the native Maidenhair Fern is known for its grassy green foliage and jet-black stems. Delicate fronds form in a circular pattern on tough, cold hardy plants...

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    Northern Maidenhair Fern Northern Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    Airy, lacy, and graceful, the native Maidenhair Fern is known for its grassy green foliage and jet-black stems. Delicate fronds form in a circular pattern on tough, cold hardy plants. Choose a shady locale for this woodland beauty, or be sure to give extra water when siting in sunnier spots. Naturalizes with ease in moist soils. (Adiantum pedatum)
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  10. 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
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    '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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  11. Fantasy™ Red Riding Hood Anemone

    Fantasy™ 'Red Riding Hood' Anemone PPAF is a vigorous compact perennial with deep pink flowers that gives you color late in the summer season – right when you need it! Golden yel...

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    Fantasy™ Red Riding Hood Anemone Red Riding Hood Fantasy™ Windflower PPAF Anemone Fantasy™ Red Riding Hood PPAF
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Fantasy™ 'Red Riding Hood' Anemone PPAF is a vigorous compact perennial with deep pink flowers that gives you color late in the summer season – right when you need it! Golden yellow centers transform into puffy seed heads for the fall garden, and deep green foliage is up early in the spring. These Windflowers are from the popular Fantasy series, and are covered in blooms from mid-summer through fall. Partial shade to full sun sites. (Anemone)
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  12. Red Columbine Little Lanterns, Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Red Columbine or Eastern Red Columbine

    Little Lanterns' Columbine is a famous native wildflower, growing along woodland edges from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliantly colorful with nodding, trumpet-shaped crimson an...

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    Little Lanterns Columbine Wild Red Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Little Lanterns
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    Little Lanterns' Columbine is a famous native wildflower, growing along woodland edges from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliantly colorful with nodding, trumpet-shaped crimson and yellow flowers, this short and showy variety is a favorite of hummingbirds. 'Little Lanterns' shares its blooms from early spring to mid summer. (Aquilegia canadensis)
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