DEER-RESISTANT PLANT SPOTLIGHT
With so many wonderful deer-resistant plants, I have grouped them into eight main categories (annuals, perennials, bulbs, grassy plants, foliage plants, groundcovers, evergreen shrubs, and small trees). These are the groups that make up each of my complete deer-resistant planting plans. Use this menu to browse by category to find some of my recommended choices and the latest introductions. You can also find my Spot On Plant Spotlight picks below, for some of my favorite deer-resistant plants.
Annuals are one-season wonders that give you a chance to play with color and add filler as needed.
Deer-resistant perennials are plants that come back year after year, although many go dormant and disappear above ground during the winter.
Ferns and other foliage plants can offer longer lasting color and texture than flowers alone.
Ornamental grasses and lookalikes such as sedges and flax offer contrast, movement, and multi-season interest.
Shrubs are the foundation of a well-designed garden with lasting appeal. Flowering, fruiting, and evergreen shrubs add an extra layer of interest.
Plant breeders are realizing gardeners want (and need) deer-resistant plants, and are introducing exciting new options every year. Here are some of the latest and greatest. Click on each in the list below for more info.
A great shade plant for year-round interest. Bergenia, or pigsqueak, has thick, rubbery leaves that really do squeak when you rub them between your fingers. The leaves turn lovely shades of red and orange and last through the winter. In spring, nodding clusters of pink flowers appear on spikes.
A graceful small tree with a beautiful branch structure and colorful leaves. Many variations and forms, including weeping and dwarf sizes, ones with colorful bark, and leaf colors ranging from deep maroon to bright yellow. All leaves have five points, but some are deeply divided and almost tassel-like. These trees do best in a little shade.