Deer/ Honeysuckle and Trumpet Vine

robinva(6)October 21, 2007

I have a deer problem. They just consumed all of my clematis plants. I want to attract humming birds but don't care to make the same mistake twice. Has anyone had experience with honeysuckle or trumpet vines and deer? Please give me your feedback.

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I don't have a problem with deer, but there are quite a few articles on the web about it. Google deer resistant plants.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2007 at 10:29PM
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Thank you sweetkountry. I went to both web sites. Neither of these two plants are deer resistant yet they did not make the worst list either. I used to live in the Texas Hill Country. Lots of deer but it is in a much warmer zone than here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Will Google and see what I can come up with. Thanks again.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2007 at 9:44PM
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Deer have eaten my honeysuckle vines.
They won't touch the trumpet vine but it is so aggressive that I wish they would eat it all up. I would never purposefully plant the regular trumpet vine. I have heard others say that some varieties are less aggressive but I have no experience with that myself.
Good luck!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2007 at 12:38PM
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sundrops(Z6 SW Indiana)

Sorry to hear about your clematis. If you are truly wanting to attract hummingbirds there should be plenty of plants you could try. Weigela would be one perrenial bush. Salvias are good for hummingbirds. Try the bird forum for other suggestions. I know the deer are so destructive, I am looking for ways to deter them also.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 5:03PM
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Here in Maryland, the deer don't eat honeysuckle, but they DO eat Weigelia. I spray them with repellant and that helps somewhat, but it's still a problem. Salvia is listed as deer resistant, so is the annual, Cleome. Hummingbirds like my Trumpet Vine, which is a huge climber with impressive yellow or orange/red flowers. The biggest problem I have with it is re-seeding. I have to be sure to snap off ALL the seed pods. Until I learned that, I had baby plants everywhere - and they're hard to dig out.

Here is a link that might be useful: You can cross check the deer resistant plants on this list for hummingbirds

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 10:00AM
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Deer don't eat our trumpet vines, but do eat my clematis, roses, and just about everything else. I've been using a mixture of water, garlic, milk and add an egg, then I take a jug of the stuff and go out every few days and pour it over my plants. Hopefully that will keep them from eating everything. Sure smells bad enough! The only thing that is keeping them from my clematis is that I let the weeds grow up and they keep the plants sort of safe. I hope, anyway!

    Bookmark   April 27, 2008 at 10:58PM
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Been trying to find something for an 8ft trellis in full sun. Deer ate the roses. Ate the trumpet vine - yes - they did! Ate the clematis. I've been thinking about wisteria, but may just hang pots from the trellis, with deer resistant flowers.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 10:53AM
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