Landscape shrubs - Knowledgebase Question

Topsham, Ma
Question by sesna
May 21, 2009
Been here 8 yrs - planted shrubbery twice - both failed. 1st ones (yews) eaten by the deer, next batch (boxwoods & maroon with thorns) died after 2 winters (also snow crushed) so starting over again. Live in northern New England. Something inexpensive? Help!!

Answer from NGA
May 21, 2009


I'm afraid that even plants toted as deer resistant are not really - hungry deer will eat most anything. With that in mind, you might try American Holly, Andromeda (Pieris japonica), Daphne, Forsythia, Kerria or Leucothoe. These are commonly available shrubs and the smaller sizes are relatively inexpensive, they just take a little longer to grow up. Hope this helps!

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