The Q&A Archives: Shade Perennials For Minnesota

Question: I am looking for shade perennials that will come up every year in Northern Minnesota. The shade is provided by trees. Also, how do I keep the rabbits/deer away?

Answer: In your conditions, zone 3 with shade, there are quite a few perennials that will thrive. Here are a few to consider: Aconitum (Monkshood), Actaea (Baneberry), Aegopodium (Bishop's Weed/Snow on the Mountain - can be invasive, though), Ajuga (Carpet Bugle, ground cover with flowers), Aruncus (Goatsbeard), Asarum (European Wild Ginger, ground cover), Bergenia (Saxifrage), Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss), Chelone (Turtlehead), Cimicfuga (Bugbane/Snakeroot - sounds bad, looks good!). The short answer to keeping deer away is a fence or a good dog. Those are the most reliable methods. You can try many different home remedy repellents such as cayenne pepper, garlic sprays, moth balls, human hair, and hanging Dial soap from shrubs, trees, etc. Home remedies have limited effectiveness in my opinion. Burpee sells two products, "Deer Away" and "Get Away" which are designed to repel deer and other animals. You can obtain them by calling Burpee at 1-800-888-1447 or backing up to the on-line catalog.Good luck!

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