Angilia Gauthier Gardens May 22nd 2020, 00:43:38
Having a garden can sometimes be a frustrating endeavor, especially for those of you who have chosen to live away from the big city and bright lights. Gardening in suburbia has its own set of unique problems including plant eating animals, namely deer. Nothing is more frustrating than the anticipation of your rose bush blooming and the next morning finding a decapitated flowerless plant. Yes, lovable Bambi really likes your plants, all of them. And unless you enjoy having to replant your garden every day, you should choose plants which deer do not find irresistible no, not cactus. There are beautiful plants and flowers available that those pesky critters wont eat.
One thing you need to remember, these are deer resistant plants not deer proof and there is a reason why the term deer resistant is used. Deer eat plants, period. Some plants are less tasty than others, but depending upon your current area conditions (drought, deer population, abundance of undeveloped land, and entrapment), even the least appetizing foliage will be eaten. So do not expect these plants to always ward off your antlered friends forever. But as long as there is available water, abundant native foliage and a low deer population, the following plants will remain a part of your garden and landscaping:
Sages (Salvia, Meadow, Russian, Jerusalem)
Thyme, Rosemary, Oregano (make a mini herb garden too)
Ornamental Grasses (any variety)
Mint (all types, this is an invasive plant though, so be careful how and where you plant it)
Calla Lily (wide array of colors, perennial)
Carnations (wonderful perennial that requires little effort to grow, very fragrant)
Crape Myrtle (depending upon how you trim it, it can be a bush or a tree)
Ferns (New York, Sensitive, Wood, Holly)
English Ivy (be careful with ivy plants because they can quickly become invasive)
Marigolds (not everyone likes the smell of these)
Dogwoods, Maples, Spruces, Pines, Cedar trees
This is only a partial list as there are literally hundreds of plants which are deer resistant and all of which would make any garden or landscaping quite beautiful. Another good thing is these plants do well in close quarters and will overlap without overtaking their neighbors. Most all deer resistant plants are compatible with everything and quite often require far less upkeep as compared to other more traditional and eatable landscaping foliage.