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Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

Posted by nandw 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 23, 09 at 6:19

I would really appreciate info on plants that will grow in the shade and be there when I wake up the next day.....Love deer but hate it when they feast on my plants. I have planted things in the past that claimed they would be and my deer loved to eat them to the ground.


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

I've heard that deer don't care for fuzzy leaved plants as much. Have you tried pulmonaria or brunnera? I've had deer eat my hostas but haven't bothered the other plants much.


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

  • Posted by ajpa z6 se PA (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 27, 09 at 13:58

Poisonous plants (dicentra, lily of the valley, foxgloves, etc) and ferns. Try to get hold of a book called Deer-Resistant Landscaping by Neil Soderstrom. It has a list of plants in the back.


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

Try herbs,ornamental grasses, junipers, hyssop,spice bush (lindera benzoin).If the deer are hungry enough they will eat anything.


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

Here's my short list:
Broadleaf evergreens: Pieris, Leucothoe, Nandina, Mahonia. All grow about 5-7 feet tall and are evergreen.

Deciduous shrubs: Spirea, lilac, hydrangea (somewhat nibbled) forsythia (likewise), potentilla.

Perennials: Bleeding heart, ferns, foxglove, brunnera, geranium (the species, not Pelargonium), Jacob's ladder. Anything in the Lamiaceae family. DO NOT plant mint in the dirt, keep it in a pot or you will be sorry!

Annuals: Herbs, alyssum, zinnia, four-o-clock, French marigolds (not the hybrids).

Alas, the deer don't read the same books I read. These plants work in my yard.

good luck!

Florrie

Here is a link that might be useful: Lamiaceae Family


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

Hi Florrie,
I have the same deer problem and have grown alyssums, zinnias and marigolds in the past year which were left untouched by deer.
But I would like to confirm with you if these annuals will do well in shade? I have just created some flowerbeds in heavy shaded areas where grass will not grow, but I thought these planst need sun.
If not, I have some seedlings in the trays and I could plant them in the shade.
I would really appreciate knowing what your experience is as far as these plants and shade.
Thanks!!


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

To add to ajpa's list of poisonous plants that deer avoid: sweet woodruff (a great groundcover!), aconitum, daffodils.


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greenbug, I believe all those annuals require at least 4 hours of sun. They "may" grow & grow decent, but you may not get the flowering you are looking for. I have tried to grow alyssum under an oak tree with NO luck, but it thrives & spreads out in my sunny bed & reseeds itself heavily every year there. I'm pretty sure zinnia are the same, I'm guessing marigolds too, but I'm not a fan of them, so I don't have them to report on. Good luck!


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Greenbug:
Alyssum will tolerate some shade but marigolds and zinnias are sun plants and won't do well in the shade


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  • Posted by von1 z4 NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 8, 09 at 6:09

Epimedium love dry shade, grow well in my zone 4,spread gradually, some faster than others. There are different heights also. The flowers are beautiful, but tiny.
Von


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RE: Help!!! Need ideas on shade plants that deer hate FAST

Having an average of 5-12 deer in my yard every day means I have concentrated on this for several years now. I live right on the edge of a large wildlife preserve where the deer have essentially wiped out ALL of the native wildflowers and groundcover plants. Most of my land is light to medium shade.

Epimediums and Hellebores are a great choice (I grow over 50 species and varieties of Epis and hundreds of Hellebores). Lamium, Brunnera and Pulmonaria are also good. If you plant Lamiastrum use "Herman's Pride" its a bushy one that doesnt spread but has nice foliage and flowers. Dracunculus is fabulous as an accent in my garden. Arum italicum if it isn't an invasive in your area. Stylophorum is a must-have for the yellow in early Spring. I've had fair luck with Trilliums, T. luteum is especially good.

George


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