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Deer-Resistant Plants for Your Garden

You can create a gorgeous garden that’s naturally deer-repellent with these tips and a little understanding of deer behavior.



“50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants” makes keeping deer away as simple as choosing the appropriate plant. Instead of the typical barriers and fencing, expert plantswoman Ruth Rogers Clausen has chosen the 50 most beautiful (and least palatable) annuals, bulbs, ferns, grasses, herbs, perennials and shrubs.
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Make terraces, landings and steps on steep slopes.
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Irrigate at ground level with a soaker hose to avoid wetting the foliage.
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Hostas, the ultimate deer candy, are interplanted with unpalatable ferns in light shade.
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Tulips, wallflowers, violas and mountain bluets (Centaurea montana ‘Amethyst Dream’) are less likely to be browsed by deer when planted in containers close to the house.
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Putting flowers in hanging baskets means they're out of reach from deer.
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White-flowered redbud (Cercis canadensis ‘Alba’) limbed up above the browse line to prevent deer damage.
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High, out-of-reach bird feeders near the house are less likely to attract deer.
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Acorns and other deer-attracting foods must be picked up regularly.
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This glistening blue ginger jar catches the light and may spook deer.
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