The Q&A Archives: Deer resistant plants

Question: Please advise what type of groundcover shrubs and plants (preferably perennials) would best suit my flowerbeds where deer is a constant pest,and when should these be planted. I live in zone 5. Many thanks!

Answer: If there is a large deer population and a big competition for food, even plants identified as deer resistant can become dinner for a hungry deer. With that said, here's a list of plants generally ignored by deer:
Shrubs: Abelia (Abelia spp.) Acuba (Acuba japonica) Autumn Aster (Aster spp.) Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) Blackberry (Rubus spp.) Boxwood (Buxus microphylla) Ceniza/Texas Sage (Leucophyllum spp.) Cotoneaster dammeri) Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta) Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.) Evergreen sumac (Rhus virens) Fragrant mimosa (Mimosa borealis) Germander (Teucrium spp.) Goldcup (Hypericum spp.) Japanese arealia (Arelia sieboldii) Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) Juniper (Juniperus spp.) Lantana (Lantana horrida) Lavender (Lavandula spp.) Mexican Buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) Mexican Oregano (Poliomintha longifolia) Mexican silktassle (Garrya lindheimeri) Nandina (Nandina spp.) Oleander (Nerium oleander) Pampas Grass (Cortaderia spp.) Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea) Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius) Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera)2

Perennial Succulents and Lilies: Hen and chickens (Sempervivum spp.) Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus spp.) Red Yucca (Hesperalae parvifloria) Sacahuista/Bear Grass/Nolina (Nolina spp.) Yucca (Yucca spp.) Vines: Carolina Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) Ground Covers: Aarons Beard (Hypericum calycinum) Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) Carpet Bugle (Aiuga reptans) Monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonica) Myrtle (Vinca major) Santolina (Santolina spp.) Spearmint (Menta spicata) Thyme (Thymus spp.)

Flowers, Ferns, Herbs: Ageratum (Ageratum spp.) Begonia (Begonia spp.) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium lecanthum) Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra lurida) Cedar Sage (Salvia roemeriana) Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.) Coreopsis (Coreopsis spp.) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) Flame Acanthus (Anisacanthus wrightii) Foxglove (Digitalis spp.1 Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falicatum) Indigo Spires (Salvia spp.) Iris (Iris spp.) Mealy Blue Sage (Salvia farinacea) Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucanthia) Mexican Mint Marigold (Tagetes spp.) Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) Purple Cone Flower (Echinacea angustifolia) Savory (Satureia spp.) Sword Fern (Nephrolepis spp.) Verbena (Verbena spp.) Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp.) Yarrow (Achillea filipendulina) Zexmenia (Zexmenia hispida) Zinnia (Zinnia spp.) Good luck with your garden!

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