Outdoor Animals... - Knowledgebase Question

Yorkville, Il
Question by anneluciett
April 24, 2010
We put a patio in with steps to another level. Along the patio and the steps we have a retaining wall and an area reserved for plantings. Last year I chose deer resistant plants to put in this area and they were pulled out and disappeared! Do you have a suggestion for a planting that this is less likely to occur. The area is 1/2 sun and 1/2 shade.

Answer from NGA
April 24, 2010


Deer will browse on the leaves of plants but they won't yank the entire plant out of the ground. You may be dealing with other wild animals if the plants completely disappeared! While there are lists of deer resistant plants, a hungry deer will eat almost anything so if there's a huge population of deer and great competition for food, your mileage may vary. The following shrubs are considered deer resistant: Berberis (Barberry), Caryopteris (Blue Mist Shrub), Clethera (Sweet Pepperbush), Cotinus (Smokebush), Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster), Cytisus (Broom), Winter Daphne (Daphne), Enkianthus, Redvein Forsythia, Golden Forsythia, Gaultheria (Wintergreen), Hamamelis (Witch Hazel), Hypericum (St. Johnswort), Ilex glabra (Inkberry), Ilex opaca (American Holly), Juniperus chinensis (Chinese Juniper), Kalmia latifolia (Mt. Laurel), Kerria japonica (Kerria), Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe), Lonicera (Honeysuckle), Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grapeholly), Myrica (Bayberry), Pieris japonica, Japanese Andromeda, Sarcococca, Spirea(Bridalwrealth), Syringa vulgaris (Lilac), Viburnum, Vitex (Chaste Tree), Weigela. Hope one of these plants is just right for your landscape!

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