450-539-3869 info@jardinsfoster.com

What’s more disappointing than seeing your many hours of work end up as a deer buffet. Unfortunately, there are no plants that are guaranteed “Anti-deer”, especially when the winter has been long and rigorous. But here is still a non-exhaustive list of perennials, annuals and shrubs that do not particularly attract white-tailed deer.

Annuals

  • Nicotiana
  • Brugmansia
  • Calendula
  • Calla
  • Cana
  • Senecio
  • Cleome
  • Coreopsis
  • Euphorbia
  • Gomphrena
  • Heliotrope
  • Ipomea
  • Lantana Camara
  • Lobularia (Alyssum)
  • Pennisetum
  • Nicotiana
  • Marigold
  • Zinnia

Perennials

In the perennials category, deer are not particularly attracted to cheewy or furry foliage, very fragrant or poisonous flowers.

  • Alchemilla
  • Anemone
  • Astilbe
  • Bleeding heart (dicentra spectabilie)
  • Brunnera
  • Calamagrostis
  • Chamomile
  • Cimicifuga
  • Clématis
  • Delphinium
  • Dianthus
  • Filipendula
  • Iris
  • Jacynthe
  • Lavender
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupine
  • Lychnis
  • Miscanthus
  • Monarde
  • Muscari
  • Nepeta
  • Peonies Lactiflora
  • Polygonatum multiflorum
  • Pulmonaria officinalis
  • Russian Salvia (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
  • Sedum (summer type)
  • Sempervivum
  • Tiarella Cordifolia
  • Veronica
  • Vinca
  • Wisteria
  • Yarrow

Vegetable Garden

  • Most herbs are not attractive for deer because they do not like their strong taste. Especially rosemary, sage and dill.
  • Garlic (Some people even say that planting garlic around can protect your garden by repulsing deers)
  • Cucumbre
  • Squash

Shrubs

  • Berberis
  • Buxus
  • Blackcurrant
  • Elderberry
  • Gooseberries
  • Lonicera Japonica
  • Potentilla
  • Serviceberry
  • Spirea Van Houtte
  • Sumac
  • Viburnum

Avoid absolutely…

Perennials

  • Hostas
  • Hemerocallis
  • Rudbeckias
  • Phlox
  • Lobelia Cardinalis
  • Perennial geranium
  • Alcea

Shrubs

  • Azalea
  • Euonymus Alata
  • Euonymus Forutunei
  • Rhododendron
  • Rose bushes (all kinds)
  • Taxus
  • Thuya