The Q&A Archives: Fast Growing Trees And Hedges For Horse Stables (horse Proof!)

Question: I need to plant FAST GROWING hedges and/or trees as a wind block and also for shade in my new horse stable. Can you give me a list of horse and deer proof plants and trees for the Sonoma County,CA area? (I believe we are zone 9)Also, if you could please suggest other COLORFUL hardy drought resistant plants it would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Bonnie

Answer: I can't promise deer and horses won't eat them, but native plants are probably your best bet - they're less attractive to animals than some of their more exotic counterparts. In your gardening region, consider these trees and shrubs: California Sycamore, Western Cottonwood, Quaking Aspen, California Laurel, Manzanita, Western Redbud, Snowberry, Elderberry, Currant or Wild Mock Orange. For seasonal color, include these native perennials: Aquilegia (western columbine), Asarum (wild ginger), Erigeron glaucus (beach aster), Heuchera (coral bells), Lilium humboldtii (Humboldt lily), Penstemon (beard tongue) Romneya coulteri (Matilija Poppy, and Sisyrinchum bellum (Blue-eyed Grass). All are drought tolerant once established.

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