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. 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
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    '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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  2. Purple Lavender Grosso, Lavandula x intermedia, Lavender, Close Up

    Long-blooming and highly fragrant, 'Grosso' Lavender is famed throughout the world as the one most often grown for use in perfume making. It's also very showy, with large and spiky d...

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    Grosso Lavender Grosso Lavender Lavandula x intermedia Grosso
    $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Long-blooming and highly fragrant, 'Grosso' Lavender is famed throughout the world as the one most often grown for use in perfume making. It's also very showy, with large and spiky dark purple blooms set against silver foliage. Blooms form on purple bracts (as opposed to the more common green) making for a richly colorful appearance in the garden and when dried for crafts. (Lavandula x intermedia)
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  3. May Night Meadow Sage

    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)...

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    May Night Salvia Meadow Sage May Night Salvia nemorosa May Night
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    May Night is the top signature Salvia, with famous deep blue/purple blooms. A big favorite. Perennial plant of the year in 1997. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  4. Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-...

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    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Amazing Grace
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-like, evergreen foliage forms a dense mat making a lush groundcover perfect for cascading over walls or across slopes. Flowers attract butterflies to the garden. (Phlox subulata)
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  5. Woodland Phlox Blue Moon

    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in Apr...

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    Blue Moon Woodland Phlox Woodland Phlox Blue Moon, Wild Sweet William Phlox divaricata Blue Moon
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Blue Moon' is a lovely native Phlox groundcover featuring clouds of rich violet-blue blooms that float above green foliage. With fragrance to wake up your senses, it flowers in April May. Its a perfect addition to a rock garden or any shady spot where it can slowly naturalize. Provides early season pollen for hummingbirds and butterflies. (Phlox divaricata)
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  6. 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
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    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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  7. Blue Cardinal Flower with two monarch butterflies, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
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  8. Buzz And Flutter Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden

    The Buzz And Flutter Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden offers a rich tapestry of colors and textures that will attract and nourish bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Bold flowers bloom...

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    Buzz And Flutter Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden Buzz And Flutter Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden
    $199.98 Sale $99.99
    Per Garden of 13 Plants
    The Buzz And Flutter Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden offers a rich tapestry of colors and textures that will attract and nourish bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Bold flowers bloom from mid-spring through fall against a backdrop of season long interest from Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass. Garden of 13 plants, with care instructions and planting map.
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  9. 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
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    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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  10. Sedum Thunderhead PP24,693,Sedum

    Sedum Thunderhead has huge show stopping flower heads in a rich deep rose color that are supported by stout upright stems and complimented with grey-green foliage. This must have Sed...

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    Thunderhead Sedum Stonecrop Thunderhead PP#24693 Sedum x intermedia Thunderhead PP#24693
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sedum Thunderhead has huge show stopping flower heads in a rich deep rose color that are supported by stout upright stems and complimented with grey-green foliage. This must have Sedum will bring long-lasting color to your garden from summer and into fall. (Sedum)
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  11. Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern

    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. ...

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    Ostrich Fern Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. Like most ferns, this one prefers a cool, moist spot and will spread and thrive in any wet, shady area of the garden. A notably graceful plant. (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
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  12. 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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  13. Orange and Yellow Helenium Mardi Gras, Sneezeweed

    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium i...

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    Mardi Gras Helenium Sneezeweed Mardi Grass PP#15124 Helenium Mardi Gras PP#15124
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium is deer resistant and can be planted both in the garden and in containers. A butterfly favorite that blooms from summer through fall. (Helenium) PP#15124
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  14. Pink Phlox, Phlox Paniculata Bright Eyes

    'Bright Eyes' is a long-lasting phlox, sharing its pale pink blooms spotted with deep magenta eyes from mid summer through fall. This old fashioned variety attracts butterflies and b...

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    Bright Eyes Phlox Garden Phlox Bright Eyes Phlox paniculata Bright Eyes
    $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Bright Eyes' is a long-lasting phlox, sharing its pale pink blooms spotted with deep magenta eyes from mid summer through fall. This old fashioned variety attracts butterflies and birds to the garden with its large, perfumy flower clusters. 'Bright Eyes' produces strong stems that rarely need staking and makes an excellent cutting flower. (Phlox paniculata)
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  15. 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
    $23.98 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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  16. Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage

    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the lan...

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    Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage PP#29281 Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Jean Baby PP#29281
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
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    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the landscape. Gray-green foliage has a piney, sage-like scent and contrasts perfectly with those pollinator-attracting blooms – and it's highly deer resistant. Sunny, well-drained soils. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  17. Butterfly Weed Hello Yellow, Asclepias tuberosa

    'Hello Yellow' Butterfly Weed was developed from the native Butterfly Weed and has golden clusters of flowers. Typical of Butterfly Weed, 'Hello Yellow' has narrow green leaves that ...

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    Hello Yellow Butterfly Weed Butterfly Weed Hello Yellow Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Hello Yellow' Butterfly Weed was developed from the native Butterfly Weed and has golden clusters of flowers. Typical of Butterfly Weed, 'Hello Yellow' has narrow green leaves that serve as an important food source for Monarch caterpillars. Many pollinators will be attracted to the flowers as they bloom from July through August. Drought tolerant and easy to grow in your sunny butterfly garden. (Asclepias tuberosa)
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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Anise Hyssop with pale purple flowers, Blue Giant Hyssop, Agastache foeniculum with pink Joe Pye Weed

    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and a...

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    Anise Hyssop Anise Hyssop, Blue Giant Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Anise Hyssop is a native perennial that keeps you in fragrant pollinator heaven from mid-summer to fall. With a sweet licorice-mint fragrance, long lasting pale purple flowers, and an easy-to-grow nature, this is a pollinator powerhouse favored by bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its leaves make a delicious tea too! Deer and rabbit resistant. (Agastache foeniculum)
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  21. 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
    $17.98 Sale $8.99
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    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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  22. Nodding Onion with pink-to-lilac blooms with visiting bee, Allium cernuum

    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumb...

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    Nodding Onion (Allium) Nodding Onion Allium cernuum
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumblebee. These easy-to-grow, deer resistant flowers will add a layer of detail to any garden design, including border edges, meadow-style gardens, or containers. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love the native flowers! (Allium cernuum)
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  23. 'Fashionably Early Princess' Phlox

    Fashionably Early Princess' Phlox PP#28680 is the first one to the party, blooming in mid-spring before most garden phlox have even woken up. There's no waiting on this diva! Generou...

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    Fashionably Early Princess Phlox Fashionably Early Princess Phlox PP#28680 Phlox Fashionably Early Princess PP#28680
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    Fashionably Early Princess' Phlox PP#28680 is the first one to the party, blooming in mid-spring before most garden phlox have even woken up. There's no waiting on this diva! Generous amethyst purple flower clusters attract pollinators and add charm to spring displays. Plant in rich, well-drained soil that receives sun to part shade. Exceptional mildew resistance. (Phlox paniculata)
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  24. Iris cristata, Dwarf Crested Iris

    A native star of the spring season, Dwarf Crested Iris delights gardeners with vigorous lilac blooms on low growing, deer-resistant foliage. It’s perfect for both rock or woodland ...

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    Dwarf Crested Iris Dwarf Crested Iris Iris cristata
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    A native star of the spring season, Dwarf Crested Iris delights gardeners with vigorous lilac blooms on low growing, deer-resistant foliage. It’s perfect for both rock or woodland gardens, as it can be grown in sun or shade and spreads over time. In classic beds or borders, this sweet little iris should be placed front and center for prime viewing. (Iris cristata)
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