Deer Resistant Plants - Plants Deer Won't Eat
Having just moved to Colorado from the suburbs of Dallas, I was not prepared for the new challenges in finding plants for my garden. Where we are located in Colorado Springs, there are a lot of deer. Our first attempt at planting a garden was stopped by an overnight herd of cows that decided they were going to eat all of our new plants. But, after a bit of research I found that there is a solution.
Finding Deer Resistant Plants
Deer tend to avoid some plants and relish others. While no plant can be
guaranteed to be “deer-proof,” some types of plants are less tasty to a
deer. We found the followng list of plants from the local home-depot nursery.
Deer Resistant Perennials
- Anemone – Anemone
- Bee Balm – Monarda didym
- Bellflower – Campanula spp.
- Butterfly Weed – Asclepias sp.
- Candytuft – Iberis sempervirens
- Columbine – Aquilegi
- Coneflower – Echinacea purpurea
- Coreopsis – Coreopsis
- Cranesvill – Geranium spp.
- Daisy – Chrysanthemum spp.
- Dame’s Rocket – Hesperis matronalis
- Fleabane Daisy – Erigeron hybrids
- Foam Flower – Tiarella cordifolia
- Geum – Geum hybrids
- Goldenrod – Solidago hybrids
- Heartleaf Bergenia – Bergenia
- Helen’s Flower – Helenium autumnale
- Hellebore – Helleborus spp.
- Hibiscus – Hibiscus spp.
- Iris – Iris spp.
- Jacob’s Ladder – Polemonium caeruleum
- Joe-Pye Weed – Eupatorium spp.
- Maltese Cross – Lychnis chalcedonica
- Monkshood – Aconitum sp.
- Orange Coneflower – Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii
- Peony – Paeonia hybrids
- Pinks – Dianthus spp.
- Rock Cress – Arabis caucasica
- Russian Sage – Perovskia atriplicifolia
- Salvia – Salvia spp.
- Sempervivum – Sempervivum spp.
- Snow-in-Summer – Cerastium tomentosum
- Soapwort – Saponaria ocymoides
- Spanish Baayonet – Yucca filamentosa
- Speedwell – Veronica spp.
- White Mugwort – Artemisia lactiflora
- Yarrow – Achillea spp.