The Q&A Archives: deer resistant annuals/perennials

Question: What colorful annuals or perennials are deer resistant. The deer are destroying my pansies and impatients.

Answer: There are lists of deer resistant plants, but hungry deer will eat almost anything so there are no guarantees. Here's a partial list of plants deer generally ignore: Flowers Achillea spp. Yarrow Aquilegia spp. Columbine Astilbe spp. Astilbe Coreopsis spp. Tickseed Dianthus spp. Pinks Dicentra spp. Bleeding Heart Digitalis spp. Foxglove Echinacea spp. Purple Coneflower Epimedium spp. Epimedium Eupatorium purpureum Bluestem Joe-Pye-Weed Geranium spp. Cranesbill, Geranium Helleborus spp. Hellebore Helianthus spp. Sunflower Iberis spp. Candytuft Iris spp. Iris Lavendula spp. Lavender Liatris spicata Spike Gay-Feather Lychnis coronaria Rose Campion Narcissus spp. Daffodil Pulmonaria spp. Lungwort Rudbechia spp. Coneflower Solidago spp. Goldenrod Veronica officinalis Speedwell Yucca filimentosa Yucca Vines Celastrus spp. Bittersweet Clematis spp. Clematis Hedera helix baltica Baltic Ivy Lonicera spp. Honeysuckle. You might also try using Deer Away, a deterrent you spray on the foliage. It works but needs to be reapplied after a rain. Good luck with your garden!

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