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Help: suggestion for pond-side plants deer proof

Posted by sureturtle z4 mn (My Page) on
Wed, May 16, 07 at 18:30

Hi, everyone;

I need some help in choosing pond-side plants that deer won't be too crazy about. It is a east facing natural pond/small lake with trees, so light condition is probably light shade to shade. So far I planted some Iris Blue Flag, Marsh Marigold, Corkscrew, siberian Iris,and Spiderwort Concord and Chablis (some animal already bit several Spiderwort, not sure it was deer or groundhog or rabbit). I was thinking some ferns since I thought deer don't like them much. But what kinds would do well in the bog condition? Any other suggestions? Thanks so much in advance!

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RE: Help: suggestion for pond-side plants deer proof

Try this plant selection database. Select 'herbaceous' (at the top) and 'tolerates wet' and you'll get a list of 23 plants, incl. a few ferns.

You might want to keep in mind that just as one person often loves a food that another hates, so too do deer have different tastes. Ditto for rabbits, etc., etc.

Good luck!

Here is a link that might be useful: plant selection database

RE: Help: suggestion for pond-side plants deer proof

  • Posted by john_w Z4a Minn, US (My Page) on
    Thu, May 17, 07 at 11:21

Heuchera and pulmonaria are good ones, especially if you have a shady spot.

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