Deer Control: Facts And Deer Resistant Plants
There are some plants that deer will generally avoid: strong-smelling plants in the mint, geranium and marigold families; any plant in the daffodil family; toxic plants such as in the foxglove and nightshade families; plants with fuzzy, prickly or sharp leaves and most ornamental grasses and ferns.
The most effective way to keep deer away is to install deer-proof fencing. There are a variety of designs and the best type for any given area depends on your specific situation.Fencing options include: plastic mesh, electrified polytape, woven wire and electric fence kits which come equipped with a scented lure.
Commercial repellents can be successful by making plants taste unpleasant to deer and woodchucks. Deer seem to respond best to sulfurous odors (i.e. rotten egg-based products), which appear to also be "fear-inducing" by giving off smells that deer associate with a predator.
Some fertilizers made from human sewage offer repellency if sprinkled on the soil and in clumps around the perimeter of your garden.
- There is no such thing as a completely "deer-resistant" garden. A hungry deer will sample everything when the going gets tough. A fence is the only 100 percent solution.
- In order for repellents to work best, use them before (or as soon as) you see damage.
- Repellents must be reapplied every two weeks and after heavy rains to be effective.
Deer "Resistant" Plants
- Vinca "Vinca Vine"
- Thuja (plicata)
- Digitalis "Foxglove"
- Eupatroium "Joe Pye Weed"
- Geranium "Cranesbill"
- Heuchera "Coral Bells" or "Alumroot"
- Ophiopogon "Mondo Grass"
- Pulmonaria "Lungwort"
- Stipa "Mexican Feather Grass"
- Tiarella "Foamflower"
- Russian Sage
- Proven Winners