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What plants will deer not eat, but won't be scarred away by/

Posted by cgordy 7 (My Page) on
Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 13:35

A group from our church wants to install a flower bed at our pastor's house will they are on vacation. The pastor's wife loves flowers except the deer eat everything she has planted. Our pastor likes to see the deer in their yard and frequently hunts on the property. What plants will deer not eat, but will not scare or deter them from the yard? We would prefer to order and plant perennials and biennials. Annual suggestions will be appreciated, also.

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RE: What plants will deer not eat, but won't be scarred away by/

I've heard that Nasturtium will repel them/keep them out of the garden when they come close to it. I've never heard that it would keep them away all together (scare them, etc). May be worth some research...

I often surround my garden with Nasturtium, as they climb fences and trellises (very beautiful). Some say they fight off soil nematode too while attracting bees, which is great if you want to grow some nice cucumbers or tomatoes in there too:-)

Hope this helps,


RE: What plants will deer not eat, but won't be scarred away by/

They don't eat my Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) and anyone that has it would gladly give you a free clump (me included!).

They don't eat daylilies so much (a little).

They don't eat my 'Fireworks' Goldenrod.
They don't eat 'Purple Homestead' verbena.
They don't eat Lantana (much), especially not 'New Gold'.
They don't eat Pink Muhly grass.
They don't eat the white/pink annual Vinca sold in the stores.

Ferns are good for shade.

RE: What plants will deer not eat, but won't be scarred away by/

Won't eat...

Lavender (purple/lavender flowers)
Rosemary (lavender flowers)
Achillea (yarrow)
Low Walker's Catmint
Russian Sage
Coreopsis (my new favorite perrenial)
Columbine (various colors)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

(All the above are perennials, with exception of the marigolds)

I don't think there is anything you could plant that would keep the away btw!!

This post was edited by njoasis on Fri, Jun 28, 13 at 8:32

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