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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. 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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  2. Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora

    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. A...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. An early bloomer, 'Karl Foerster' is a cool season grass that grows most rapidly in the spring season and produces notably early blooms. It is a clump-forming decorative grass, with an upward architectural growth habit, making it a dramatic specimen plant in garden or meadow. Torch-like plumes are widely used in dried flower arrangements. This sterile variety does not self-sow, is deer resistant, and notably cold hardy. (Calamagrostis acutiflora)
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  3. Curb Appeal Deer Resistant Collection

    Our Curb Appeal Deer Resistant Plant Collection is an easy way to enhance your home with a trio of popular, pollinator-friendly plants that are colorful and low maintenance. This col...

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    Curb Appeal Deer Resistant Collection Curb Appeal Deer Resistant Plant Collection
    $31.32 Sale $23.49
    Per Collection of 3
    Our Curb Appeal Deer Resistant Plant Collection is an easy way to enhance your home with a trio of popular, pollinator-friendly plants that are colorful and low maintenance. This collection features compact, tidy varieties of deer resistant favorites, including Russian Sage, Prairie Sun Black-Eyed Susan, and Fountain Grass. Collection of 3 plants.
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  4. Pink Peony Sarah Bernhardt, Paeonia lactiflora

    'Sarah Bernhardt' is a beloved Peony with large double flowers in fresh, pastel pink. Introduced in 1906, this longtime favorite blooms dependably year after year and presents a heal...

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    Sarah Bernhardt Peony Sarah Bernhardt Double Peony Paeonia lactiflora Sarah Bernhardt
    As low as $11.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Bag of 1
    'Sarah Bernhardt' is a beloved Peony with large double flowers in fresh, pastel pink. Introduced in 1906, this longtime favorite blooms dependably year after year and presents a healthy amount of emerald green foliage to add interest to the garden throughout the season. Also known for its fragrance, 'Sarah Bernhardt' makes a great cut flower - try it in arrangements or float it all by itself in a simple bowl. Like all peonies, this one is deer resistant, cold hardy and extremely long-lived. (Paeonia lactiflora)
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  5. 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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  6. Curb Appeal Ornamental Grass Collection

    Our Curb Appeal Ornamental Grass Collection is an easy way to refresh the appearance of your home or garden. Low-maintenance grasses provide year-round visual interest and dynamic te...

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    Curb Appeal Ornamental Grass Collection Curb Appeal Ornamental Grass Collection
    $123.99 Sale $92.99
    Per Collection of 9
    Our Curb Appeal Ornamental Grass Collection is an easy way to refresh the appearance of your home or garden. Low-maintenance grasses provide year-round visual interest and dynamic texture suitable for any home style, from modern to traditional. This grass collection looks polished and sophisticated on its own or when planted to complement and fill in flower gardens. Collection of 9 plants.
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  7. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    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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  8. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia with Monarch Butterfly

    '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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  9. Sensational!™ Lavender, Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™ harvested in a baskest

    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flo...

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    Sensational!™ Lavender Sensational!™ Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Sensational!™
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sensational!™ Lavender is an improved, easy-to-grow variety that makes growing lavender accessible to more gardeners than ever! Silvery foliage is topped by large, dense purple flower spikes. With a compact, dense habit and notable durability for sun, heat, and humidity, as well as cold tolerance, Sensational stands apart from many traditional Lavender varieties. A favorite of honeybees, these fragrant flowers will attract a wide range of pollinators. (Lavandula x intermedia)
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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. Red Fox Veronica, Speedwell

    'Red Fox’ Veronica's fuchsia-red spikes are offset by its bright green foliage, creating a vibrant statement in the late season garden. The tall, arching flowers shoot upwards from...

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    Red Fox Veronica Speedwell Red Fox Veronica spicata Red Fox
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Red Fox’ Veronica's fuchsia-red spikes are offset by its bright green foliage, creating a vibrant statement in the late season garden. The tall, arching flowers shoot upwards from dense mounds of foliage, attracting butterflies and hummngbirds to their long-lasting blooms. Gorgeous in perennial borders and when cut for bouquets. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Veronica spicata)
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  13. Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection

    Our Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection features perennials to brighten your home garden from spring through fall. Drought tolerant Nepeta, Coreopsis, Yarrow, Sedum, and F...

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    Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection
    $37.32 Sale $27.99
    Per Collection of 5
    Our Curb Appeal Rugged Beauty Plant Collection features perennials to brighten your home garden from spring through fall. Drought tolerant Nepeta, Coreopsis, Yarrow, Sedum, and Fountain Grass offer low-maintenance beauty, holding their color even in hot, dry soil along driveways and sidewalks. Bold colors and textures attract pollinators and delight garden visitors. Collection of 5 plants.
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  14. Sugar Buzz Grape Gumball Bee Balm, Monarda Sugar Buzz Grape Gumball, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden Inc.

    Enjoy watching pollinators treat themselves to your garden when you plant Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm. This native cultivar was selected for its compact mounding form, gentle...

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    Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm PP#27498 Monarda Sugar Buzz®Grape Gumball PP#27498
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
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    Enjoy watching pollinators treat themselves to your garden when you plant Sugar Buzz® Grape Gumball Bee Balm. This native cultivar was selected for its compact mounding form, gentle spreading habit, and good resistance to powdery mildew. Long-lasting vivid magenta flowers top the deep green fragrant foliage in mid-summer, and strong upright stems make this Bee Balm good for cut flowers. (Monarda)
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  15. Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden

    The Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden will give you a sun-drenched paradise of blooms from spring through fall. Designed for areas with 6-12 hours of sun, this easy-to-grow garden of...

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    Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden
    $117.99 Sale $88.49
    Per Garden of 13 Plants
    The Hello Sunshine Pre-Planned Garden will give you a sun-drenched paradise of blooms from spring through fall. Designed for areas with 6-12 hours of sun, this easy-to-grow garden offers cheerful flower combinations in yellow, purple, pink, and white. includes care instructions and planting map.
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  16. Shirley Temple Peony

    ‘Shirley Temple’ shines with white double blooms sporting hints of blush pink. As the season progresses the silky petals fade to ivory white. Named for the famous child star of H...

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    Shirley Temple Peony Garden Peony Shirley Temple, Double Peony Paeonia lactiflora Shirley Temple
    $14.65 Sale $10.99
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    ‘Shirley Temple’ shines with white double blooms sporting hints of blush pink. As the season progresses the silky petals fade to ivory white. Named for the famous child star of Hollywood in the 1940s, ‘Shirley Temple’ is a spectacle to behold and a favorite among peony-lovers. A mid-season peony that is sure to steal the stage. (Paeonia lactiflora)
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  17. 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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    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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  18. Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Coccineus with Lavender

    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)...

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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox
    As low as $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)
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  19. Hidcote English Lavender

    'Hidcote' is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-24 inches tall, with highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets, this lavender ...

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    Hidcote English Lavender English Lavender Hidcote Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote
    As low as $7.32 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Hidcote' is a compact English Lavender that grows only 18-24 inches tall, with highly fragrant, deep purple-blue flowers. Excellent for both fresh and dried bouquets, this lavender attracts bees and butterflies but repels deer and rabbits. Perfect for hot, dry sites and drought tolerant once established. Great choice for container plantings. (Lavandula angustifolia)
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  20. 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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    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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  21. 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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  22. Long Blooming Lavender Collection

    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-t...

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    Long Blooming Lavender Collection Long Blooming Lavender Collection Lavandula
    As low as $39.99 Sale $29.99
    Per Collection of 5
    The Long Blooming Lavender Collection includes 5 lavender plants that bring a graceful bouquet of aroma to sunny areas. Includes fragrant 'Munstead,' compact 'SuperBlue,' humidity-tolerant 'Phenomenal', intensely fragrant "Grosso', and pollinator attracting 'Hidcote.' All prefer fast-draining soils, so choose pots with bottom holes and allow plants to dry out between waterings. (Lavandula)
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  23. 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 $12.65 Sale $9.49
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    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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  24. Burgundy Glow Ajuga, Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow

    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpe...

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    Burgundy Glow Ajuga Burgundy Glow Bugleweed Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Burgundy Glow' Ajuga is a vibrant, spreading groundcover with multi-colored foliage and purple-blue flowers. Maroon and green leaves are edged with cream and can create a dense carpet over even the toughest-of-soils in full and part shade. Growing 4-6" tall and 12-18" wide, 'Burgundy Glow' is considered evergreen in warmer regions. (Ajuga reptans)
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