50 Deer resistant flowers, plants and herbs


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Are deer treating your landscaping plants like a buffet line? One easy remedy is to plant flowers and plants that deer tend to avoid, either because they are toxic, smell bad to them or have textures that they find unpleasant.
Here’s a round-up of 50 flowers, plants and herbs that deer tend to dislike. All of these are suitable for our zone 4 Minnesota gardens, either as perennials or annuals, and should work well in most other parts of the country.
  1. Yarrow
  2. Columbine
  3. Daffodil
  4. Dahlia
  5. Allium
  6. Wax Begonia
  7. Coneflower
  8. Sweet Alyssum
  9. Shasta Daisy
  10. Lily of the Valley
  11. Poppy
  12. Iris
  13. Peony
  14. Dusty Miller
  15. Lamb’s Ear
  16. Marigold
  17. Geranium
  18. Russian Sage
  19. Hens and Chicks
  20. Blue Salvia
  21. Heliotrope
  22. English Ivy
  23. Foxglove
  24. Hyssop
  25. Snapdragon
  26. Snow-on-the-mountain
  27. Snowdrops
  28. Bleeding Heart
  29. Anemone
  30. Astilbe
  31. Liatris
  32. Bee Balm
  33. Trillium
  34. Baby’s Breath
  35. Marjoram
  36. Lavender
  37. Catmint
  38. Lemon Balm
  39. Mint
  40. Oregano
  41. Rosemary
  42. Tarragon
  43. Thyme
  44. Basil
  45. Parsley
  46. St. John’s Wort
  47. Tansy
  48. Horseradish
  49. Fennel
  50. Rhubarb
Note that some, such as foxglove, are quite poisonous. Use care when planting poisonous plants around pets and children.
Many others on the list are quite tasty and edible for human consumption, such as the many herbs, rhubarb (never eat the leaves, of course, which are poisonous) and horseradish.
Deer tend to dislike strong flavors and scents, prickly plants (other than roses, which they’ll often nibble to the ground), plants with gray foliage, and poisonous plants.  Also keep in mind that if deer are hungry enough, they’ll eat almost anything. These varieties tend to be their last choices, though.
Happy gardening!

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