|Our backyard is chain-link fenced and sitting on top of rock. We are close to the ocean and it's incredibly windy. I have tried many vines and climbers to cover the fence but the deer have eaten everything. I thought ivy would work (evergreen is a preference) but I would like something that flowers. It would need to be relatively drought-resistant. Yes, I want it all! Any suggestions?|
|This is a tough one. The only flowering climber hardy in your region that is resistent to deer I could find is Wisteria. This plant would need regular pruning and training, and I'm afraid it might not fare well in high winds. A better bet might be English ivy--though it has no flowers, you could interplant with flowering perennials like Echinops ritra (globe thistle) or Monarda (bee balm), or with annuals like cleome and salvia.|
All these plants are reputed to be spared by deer, but if they are hungry enough deer will eat just about anything!