The Q&A Archives: Deer-Resistant Annuals

Question: I live in an area highly populated with deer.

Can you recommend annuals that are deer-resistant? I understand nothing is fool proof, but they really LOVED my impatiens last year.

Thank you,


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), Pulmonaria spp. (Lungwort), Rudbechia spp. (Coneflower), Solidago spp. (Goldenrod), Veronica officinalis (Speedwell). 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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