Deer Control & Deer-Resistant Plants

Deer can cause significant feeding damage to plants in the landscape, but there are several things that can be done to deter them.

Barriers

The most effective way to keep deer out is with a sturdy fence at least 8 feet high, but it can be costly to install and aesthetically less desirable. A wire fence can help keep deer out of smaller areas such as a vegetable garden.

Deer Repellants

Another option is to use a deer repellent, which is a liquid spray or granular with an unpleasant odor that deer avoid when they smell it. We have a variety to choose from including, Bonide Repels-All, Bonide GO AWAY Deer & Rabbit Repellent, Bonide Go Away Scent-inal Deer Repellent System, and Plantskydd. Deer can eventually become accustomed to the scent of one spray, so it is recommended to use a different repellent every few weeks. Repellents must be reapplied regularly for continued protection, and must be reapplied after rainfall. Always read and follow label instructions.

Deer-Resistant Plants

Some plants are less desirable to deer than others, so it’s helpful to plant these instead of their favorites. Oftentimes, they avoid plants with a strong scent, fuzzy leaves, or are prickly. Keep in mind that no plant is truly deer-proof; they will eat almost anything if they become hungry enough.

Perennials
Botanical NameCommon Name
AchilleaYarrow
AcontiumMookshood
AnemoneWindflower
Anemone x hybridaJapanese Anemone
AquilegiaColumbine
ArabisRockcress
Arisaema TriphyllumJack-in-the-Pulpit
AsclepiasButterfly Weed
AstilbeFalse Spiraea
BergeniaBergenia
Convallaria majalisLily of the Valley
CoreopsisTickseed
Dicentra spectabilisBleeding Heart
DigitalisFoxglove
EchinaceaPurple Cone Flower
EpimediumBarrenwort
EuphorbiaSpurge
FernsFerns
Galium oderatumSweet Woodruff
HelleborusLenten Rose
Iberis sempervirensCandytuft
Lamium maculatumDeadnettle
LavandulaLavender
Linaria vulgarisToadflax
Lychnis coronariaRose Campion
Ornamental grasses
Papaver orientaleOriental Poppy
Perovskia atriplicifoliaRussian Sage
Polygonatum commutatumSolomon's Seal
PulmonariaLungwort
Rheum rhabarbarumRhubarb
RudbeckiaBlack-Eyed Susan
SalviaMeadow Sage
Santolina ChamaecyparissusLavender Cotton
Sedum spectabile
Stachys byzantinaLamb's Ear
ThymusThyme
TiarellaFoam Flower
VeronicaSpeedwell
Trees, Shrubs, & Vines
Botanical NameCommon Name
AmelanchierServiceberry
BerberisBarberry
BuxusBoxwood
CaryopterisCaryopteris
Chamaecyparis pisiferaJapanese False Cypress
DaphneDaphne
Hibiscus syriacusRose of Sharon
Ilex verticillataWinterberry
JuniperusJunipers
Ligustrum vulgareEuropean Privet
Picea pungens glaucaColorado Blue Spruce
Annuals
Botanical NameCommon Name
Ageratum houstonianumAgeratum
Anethum graveolensCommon Dill
Antirrhunum majusSnapdragon
EuphorbiaSpurge
LavandulaLavender
Lobularia maritimaSweet Alyssum
NicotianaFlowering Tobacco
PelargoniumScented Geranium
SalviaSage
Santolina chamaecyparissusLavender Cotton
TagetesMarigold
Tanacetum vulgareCommon Tansy
ThymusThyme
Tropaeolum majusNasturtium
Bulbs
Botanical NameCommon Name
AlliumOnion
DaffodilDaffodil
FritillariaFritillaries