Evergreen Shrub: Illicium
Miss Scarlett® Illicium is an evergreen shrub with anise-scented foliage and showy red blooms even in deep shade. Photo credit: Southern Living Plant Collection
Annual: White Linen(R) Torenia
Torenia, or wishbone flower, is a great substitute for impatiens (a deer favorite), flowering all summer in shade and standing up to heat and humidity. This crisp white and yellow variety is a cooling touch that brightens a shady corner. Photo credit: Proven Winners
Bergenia's thick leaves, which give them their common name of Pigsqueak when rubbed, seem to be too rubbery for most deer. Winterglow(R) is a variety with glowing red fall foliage. Photo credit: Walters Gardens, Inc.
Deserves to be better known and more often used. Also called Sacred lily, it boasts bright red berries in winter for all-season interest. Try it in place of hosta. Photo credit: Erica Glasener, Gibbs Gardens.
Grassy Plant: Carex - Buy Online
Not a true grass, carex handles many of the same tough conditions like low water. 'Eversheen' from the EverColor line, has bright yellow stripes on its evergreen foliage that coordinates with the Torenia and daffodils. Photo credit: Southern Living Plant Collection. Click the image to buy now!
Daffodils are a well-known deer-resistant option that get your garden off to a glowing start in spring. Photo credit: National Garden Bureau.
Foliage: Autumn Fern
Ferns are rarely browsed by deer, and Autumn fern brings bronze tones to the spring garden on fronds that persist through winter in warm regions. Photo credit: Helen Newling Lawson
Epimedium, also known as barrenwort or fairy wings, is a lot tougher than it looks. This groundcover handles tough shade beautifully, has delicate flowers in early spring, and red autumn foliage. Photo credit: Helen Newling Lawson
Small tree: Red buckeye
A native tree that blooms in the woods--and attracts hummingbirds to its tubular red flowers! Add in deer resistance, and you have a real winner. Take care to keep children from eating the toxic seeds. Photo credit: Helen Newling Lawson.