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. 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 $10.98 Sale $5.49
    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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  2. Blue Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica

    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, pla...

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    Virginia Bluebells Virginia Bluebells Mertensia virginica
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    Virginia Bluebell’s gorgeous flowers start out as lovely, pastel pink buds and open up into vivid, true blue blooms. A perfect addition to part and full-shade woodland gardens, plant Virginia Bluebells to see early spring blooms and frequent visits from pollinators. This native plant increases in size each year and will form a beautiful colony over time with almost no care from the gardener. (Mertensia virginica)
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  3. Shady Nook Fern Collection

    The Shady Nook Fern Collection adds a touch of grace to the garden with smooth lines of flowing foliage. A soothing color palette blends layers of cool green and blue with silver and...

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    Shady Nook Fern Collection Shady Nook Fern Collection
    $54.98 Sale $27.49
    Per Collection of 3
    The Shady Nook Fern Collection adds a touch of grace to the garden with smooth lines of flowing foliage. A soothing color palette blends layers of cool green and blue with silver and burgundy accents. These deer-resistant plants are perfect for naturalizing in woodland gardens and other shady sites. Three unique growth habits make for an eye-catching grouping. Three plants.
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  4. American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan

    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breedin...

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    American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 Rudbeckia American Gold Rush PP#28498
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breeding and a slightly smaller stature. Their deep green, narrow foliage will stay fresh and beautiful throughout the season, even in humid areas. 'American Gold Rush' blooms heavily from mid-summer through early fall. Rich ochre blooms are a pollinator favorite in a sunny garden or meadow. (Rudbeckia)
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  5. Jack In The Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to ...

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    Jack in the Pulpit Jack in the Pulpit, Cobra Lily Arisaema triphyllum
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to produce brilliantly-red berries. A truly stunning, unique plant for the shade garden, Jack in the Pulpit can reproduce and spread over time in moist soils. (Ariseama triphyllum)
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  6. Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close

    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost blac...

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    Big Blue Liriope Grass Big Blue Monkey Grass Liriope muscari Big Blue
    As low as $15.95 Sale $7.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black berries in fall. Plants tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to shade, clay to sandy soils, and wet or dry sites. Liriope provides excellent erosion control, and is often used as a lawn alternative or groundcover. Evergreen foliage in warm southern climates. Plants are rabbit and deer-proof, making 'Big Blue' an easy choice for the no-fuss gardener. (Liriope muscari)
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  7. Astilbe arendsii Europa, False Spirea

    The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ Astilbe add an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-loving pe...

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    Europa Astilbe Japanese Astilbe Europa Astilbe arendsii Europa
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 3
    The light pink panicles of ‘Europa’ Astilbe add an elegant touch in any shady garden. Softly held above fern-like foliage in early summer, the blossoms of this moisture-loving perennial will dry in place for four-season interest. Great for edge-of-stream or pond gardens. Clump forming. (Astilbe japonica)
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  8. Dark Red Astilbe Glow, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    'Glow' Astilbe produces striking, dark red flowers against bronze-red foliage. Bright, feathery plumes hold their color as they age and dry on the stem. A real stand-out in any shady...

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    Glow Astilbe False Spirea Glow Astilbe arendsii Glow
    $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Glow' Astilbe produces striking, dark red flowers against bronze-red foliage. Bright, feathery plumes hold their color as they age and dry on the stem. A real stand-out in any shady garden' 'Glow' is deer resistant. (Astilbe arendsii)
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  9. Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern, Photo Credit Wasp32---Own-work, CC BY 4.0

    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choic...

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    Christmas Fern Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)
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  10. Marginal Woodfern, Dryopteris marginalis, Marginal Woodfern

    Marginal Woodfern is a handsome evergreen fern with rich, blue-green color. Tolerant of many soils, including those that are poor, rocky, and dry, this long-lasting fern creates an e...

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    Marginal Woodfern Marginal Woodfern Dryopteris marginalis
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Marginal Woodfern is a handsome evergreen fern with rich, blue-green color. Tolerant of many soils, including those that are poor, rocky, and dry, this long-lasting fern creates an excellent groundcover when allowed to spread and multiply. Makes an elegant display. (Dryopteris marginalis)
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  11. Wisteria Lane' Butterfly Bush

    Wisteria Lane' Butterfly Bush combines the cascading elegance of lavender wisteria blossoms with the summer timing and longevity of Buddleia – giving you spring in the middle of su...

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    Wisteria Lane Butterfly Bush Wisteria Lane Butterfly Bush PPAF Buddleia davidii Wisteria Lane PPAF
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Wisteria Lane' Butterfly Bush combines the cascading elegance of lavender wisteria blossoms with the summer timing and longevity of Buddleia – giving you spring in the middle of summer! This dwarf mounding shrub provides exceptional versatility and beauty in the sunny summer garden and will become a focal point for pollinators in your beds and borders. Deer resistant. (Buddleia davidii)
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  12. 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
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    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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  13. Pink Astilbe Rheinland, Astilbe japonica

    A must-have for any shade garden, 'Rheinland' Astilbe adds gorgeous, bright pink color and a graceful, feathery texture to the early summer garden. Sweetly fragrant and deer resistan...

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    Rheinland Astilbe Japanese Astilbe Rheinland Astilbe japonica Rheinland
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 3
    A must-have for any shade garden, 'Rheinland' Astilbe adds gorgeous, bright pink color and a graceful, feathery texture to the early summer garden. Sweetly fragrant and deer resistant, 'Rheinland' prefers full to part shade and moist soils. (Astilbe japonica)
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