climbing flowers that deer snub

vermontlove(4)May 17, 2003

I have a nice arched trellis to mark the entrance of my fenced garden. The fence is pretty measly, but I think my garden is small enough so the numerous deer don't want to go in and feel "penned". However, last summer I planted Scarlet Runner Beans mixed with Morning Glories to grow all over the trellis. The deer stood there (outside the fenced) and ate most of them. I would love to hear from people who know of climbers that deer will leave alone. I am not disciplined enough to spray or hang dog hair around (which I did last year somewhat successfully) Any ideas out there? Thanks!

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snowman9000(NE Illinois 5b)

I don't have any suggestion about the plants to choose. But our experiences with deer are that they get used to dog and human smells quickly. I am guessing that if a person lives in the wilderness, the deer there will be touchier. But if the deer are in a moderately or highly populated area and are frequent yard visitors, they get used to the dog and human smells and pay little attention to them. Our deer could not care less about hair, urine, etc.

One thing that sounds promising is to set up a second fence a few feet outside the first. They are not as confident of their "long jump" as they are of their "high jump".

I take it this is a brand new forum? I'll find out from my wife which plants the deer have not eaten, and I will post. But none are climbers.

-Don M

    Bookmark   May 18, 2003 at 12:08AM
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reddirt(z5 OHIO)

hi vermont,
we live in a very woodsy deer-filled area. they come by in herds here! when we bought our house there was a clematis with big purple flowers (i think jackmannii) climbing up the house. it is still there, doing great, and i never see a leaf or flower eaten by any deer or any insect for that matter. the deer love our apple trees and arborvitae, but i think clematis (at least this species) is a good bet, and it's a perennial you won't have to replant every year. lisa

    Bookmark   May 23, 2003 at 5:11PM
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I too plant morning glories and runner beans and the deer come and munch. I live in a suburb just outside Cleveland and the deer are very used to people and pets that might otherwise keep them fact they've been seen eating vegetables I've left on the steps to the kitchen door!

Anyway, my favorite garden center sells a product called Green Screen. It's inexpensive, all natural, and works the entire season. Check out their web site and look for it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Green Screen

    Bookmark   May 25, 2003 at 10:16PM
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kitova(z6 NJ)

hi, i would like to mention that deer will eat almost anything if the conditions are severe enough. they had a great munch-fest with my clematis last year during our drought but since clematis are such vigorous climbers they survived just fine. plants are meant to be eaten, just choose one that will recover quickly from it.

i also have 2 climbing hydrangeas that the deer haven't touched. the only problem is that they are shade plants and will burn in the sun. plus they can get pretty big and heavy and need some study support.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2003 at 11:51AM
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kitova(z6 NJ)

oh and i also wanted to mention that one alternative is to "train" the deer every spring not to set their trail through your garden. you can do this by being very diligent with deer repellents during the spring until the deer learn to set their path elsewhere. i've seen other threads about this...

    Bookmark   June 16, 2003 at 12:03PM
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I have old fashioned sweet peas that climb. The deer occasionally taste them and eat the buds, but do not mow them down, so they must not be a favorite of theirs, as they eat everything around them.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2003 at 1:01PM
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mastergardenerfrank(Zone6/New Jerse)

Hello VtLove, Here is a web page you might like. It has some wonderful information. You can also get the email newsletter monthly if you like. My Deer Garden .Com
Hope this helps, good luck. Frank

Here is a link that might be useful: Deer resistant gardening.

    Bookmark   October 25, 2003 at 9:02PM
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Min3 South S.F. Bay CA

I have put this suggestion elsewhere but you might have missed it. I string heavy fishing line about 2 feet above the ground in the front parts of my gardens and make it an open web, tied to shrubs or stakes. The deer can feel it on their legs but can't see it very well so they stay away. I just step around through the holes in the web when i'm weeding. Hope this works for you too. Min

    Bookmark   November 9, 2003 at 12:50PM
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Bleeding Heart vine is deer-resistant.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2004 at 1:01PM
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We have a real problem with deer eating plants in my yard, but they haven't bothered our clematis vine. It's a Sweet Autumn clematis, C. paniculata. I would think that Carolina Jasmine would also grow because it's a native plant in this area and there are lots of deer. We also grew a Thunbergia, which is an annual vine with yellow flowers that does well in shady spots, and the deer didn't bother it. The deer also did not bother our Mandevila vine, but it was growing from a pot on our deck, and I don't think the deer haven't gotten so brazen that they will venture onto our deck -- not yet anyway.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2004 at 1:51PM
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Bleeding Heart vine (Dicentra scandens) is not hardy in Vermont.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2004 at 10:57AM
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littlebitofheaven(New Jersey)

That's right - they did not eat our Sweet Autumn clematis!

    Bookmark   April 9, 2004 at 1:03PM
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david52 Zone 6

I have a lot of deer and lot of clematis. They leave them alone, and thats been going on for several years now. I have examples of all different kinds of clematis, at least 20 different kinds, and none have been touched. famous last words,

    Bookmark   April 13, 2004 at 10:14PM
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well the deer here in Ct love clematis ,

,especially the sweet autum variety and a pink one called Countess de Brous (?) ..they do tend to leave Montana rubens alone for the most part

they eat the English Ivy when they get hungry/bored

the perrenial sweetpea ( lathyrus ) has never been touched and blooms all summer

they NEVER eat wisteria ..ever

also mandevilla ( tropical used as an annual ) is not appealing to them at all ,,although it looks delicious ( it is relatd to oleanders which they will not eat either )

    Bookmark   August 15, 2004 at 11:13PM
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Liquid Fence is an ecologically safe spray that works great at keeping the deer away. It's a rotten egg/garlic smell that quickly dissipates for humans, but lasts even through rainfalls for deer and rabbits.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2007 at 10:17AM
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ziggy___(z5/6 PA)

I have a problem with morning glories and deer taking over. I wish the deer here DID eat morning glories. At least one problem would be gone.
Normally not grown for flowers so much as fall color, but virginia creeper is also left alone here. A bit much for a small arbor though.


    Bookmark   May 10, 2007 at 4:05PM
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