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Prospect, Ke
Question by jkpleb
February 14, 2010
I have recently moved to KY from Dallas. We live on a heavily wooded 5 acre lot.Many deer. Gardens have been neglected.

Answer from NGA
February 14, 2010


Deer can be such a problem in some areas of the country, but not all deer resistant plants are suitable for all growing regions. I?ve found that native plants are often passed up by deer. But, a hungry deer will eat almost anything so your mileage may vary. 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 shade loving plants generally ignored by deer: Abelia (Abelia spp.) Acuba (Acuba japonica) Boxwood (Buxus microphylla) Dwarf Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta) Dwarf Yaupon (Ilex vomitoria) Eleagnus (Eleagnus spp.) Goldcup (Hypericum spp.) Japanese pieris Nandina (Nandina spp.) Red-leaf or Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii) Turks cap (Malvaviscus arboreus) Wax myrtle (Myrica cerifera) Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) Aarons Beard (Hypericum calycinum) Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum) Carpet Bugle (Aiuga reptans) Monkey grass (Ophiopogon japonica) Vinca minor, Ferns, Begonia (Begonia spp.) Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) Foxglove (Digitalis spp. Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falicatum) Dutch Iris (Iris spp.) Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) Sword Fern (Nephrolepis spp.)Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp.) Good luck with your garden!

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