By Ray Allen, founder of AmericanMeadows.com
In recent years, the great increases of deer entering residential neighborhoods in the US have sounded an alarm with many gardeners. While most people love deer and enjoy seeing them, they are not amused when Bambi walks in and strips a newly-planted vegetable garden, wildflower planting, or display of beautiful spring tulips.
The obvious solutions are sometimes difficult. A homeowner can fence a vegetable plot, but that's not usually possible when people are trying to landscape a larger area. Also, the whole idea of flower gardens, wild or not-so-wild, is to create a beautiful landscape. A secure fence is not usually part of the plan. So more and more of our customers are asking, "What flowers are deer-proof?" Well, read on.
We work with gardeners across the country, and we've found that gardeners have the most success using deer use repellent such as "Deer Off", which is widely available at garden center stores across the country. Deer repellent can be a useful tool for protecting your favorite plants, and plants while they are young, since even deer resistant plants need time to develop their natural defenses. For more helpful tips, here are 5 Strategies For Preventing Deer Damage In The Garden.
Deer are a grazing species, which means they generally feed on whatever vegetation is available. As most gardeners know, they usually favor tender new growth: new spring twigs on trees and shrubs, and of course, tempting food crops that we plant in our vegetable gardens. Read on for our recommendations for deer-resistant (and even a few deer-proof) wildflowers, plants, and flower bulbs for your garden!