Are the Deer Eating Your Plants?

This doe gave me a good stare before moving on. I was on my deck and she was in the woods close by. (photo by Virginia Allain)

This doe gave me a good stare before moving on. I was on my deck and she was in the woods close by. (photo by Virginia Allain)

Stop the Deer from Eating Your Flowers

I know first-hand how disappointing it is to see a prized flowering plant half-eaten or destroyed. Deer are beautiful animals, but they love to eat flowering plants like hibiscus and also enjoy my strawberry plants. It’s not necessary to fence everything in and you don’t have to drive the deer away.

Just plant a selection of flowers that don’t appeal to a deer’s taste. It’s not 100 percent possible to deer-proof your flower garden, but with the right plantings, deer are much more likely to bypass your yard and find some other place to nibble.

Scan on down the page to see what plants I recommend and also to see my photos of deer.

There's no question that a deer enjoyed a hosta snack here.  (photo by Virginia Allain)

There’s no question that a deer enjoyed a hosta snack here. (photo by Virginia Allain)

When you see a plant chomped like this, you’ve had a visit from a deer. Hosta makes a tasty snack for them. You can try sprays to make the hosta less tasty to deer or just select plants that have less appeal.

Here’s a book that I’ve found helpful: 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don’t Eat.

When buying plants from a catalog or online from Amazon, look for the words “deer resistant.” You can’t guarantee for every plant that deer will never touch it. I guess it depends on how hungry they are and what tastier plants are available for their munching.

I’m recommending allium, black-eyed susans, lupine and liatrus for your garden.

The black-eyed susan provides color, is drought-resistant and not a favorite of deer.  (photo by Virginia Allain)

The black-eyed susan provides color, is drought-resistant and not a favorite of deer. (photo by Virginia Allain)


Wildflowers Recommended by Vermont Wildflower Farm

for a deer-resistant garden

Rudbeckia hirta (Black-eyed Susan)

Papaver rhoeas (Multi Poppy)

Gaillardia aristata (Blanket Flower)

Lupinus perennis (Perennial Lupine)

Liatris spicata (Blazing Star)

Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)

Poppies photographed by Virginia Allain.

Poppies photographed by Virginia Allain.

Papaver rhoeas (Red Poppy)

Iberis umbellata (Candytuft)

Ratibida columnaris (Mexican Hat)

Aquilegia caerulea (Columbine)

Delphinium consolida (Rocket Larkspur)

Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower)

Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage)

Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove)

Chrysanthemum maximum (Shasta Daisy)

Clarkia amoena (Godetia)

Saponaria officinalis (Soapwort)

Coreopsis lanceolata (Lance-Leaf Coreopsis)

Achillea millefolium (White Yarrow)

Keep on moving,

Keep on moving, “There’s nothing for you to eat here.” (photo by Virginia Allain)

Ratibida columnaris (Yellow Prairie Coneflower)

Monarda citriodora (Lemon Mint)

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I'm a retired librarian...photographer, online content creator, genealogist, and writer. My passion is convincing people to preserve their family history and to write about their childhood memories.

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One comment on “Are the Deer Eating Your Plants?
  1. Gail says:

    Timely suggestions! Thank you.

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