deer-resistant plants
I would like to plant a perennial garden on a slope in my backyard. The slope receives early sun, is shaded in mid-afternoon, followed by some late afternoon sun. I also have deer that frequently travel through my yard nibbling grass and plants along the way. Considering these conditions, what would be the most ideal perennials, grasses, groundcovers and/or shrubs to plant?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Perennials that you can grow in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct light) in your area and that are somewhat deer-resistant are: Butterfly bush (Buddleia spp.), Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis), Delphinium spp., Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea), Lupine hybrids, Oregon grapeholly (Mahonia aquifolium), and Sweet Autumn Clematis. As for shrubs, try Buxus sempervirens (Common Box), Forsythia and American Arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis). Groundcovers that deer generally leave alone include Ajuga and Speedwell (Veronica spicata). Deer like most ornamental grasses, so I wouldn't advise planting them.

Answered by BHGgardenEditors
Community Answers (2)

Living in Western Pa we are plagued by deer and only 7 miles from PGH. 22- 6' newly planted Pyramid Arbarvites where eaten in 1 winter. Next dorr neighbor planted 15- 3' Hemlocks and they were not touched! Why?
Submitted by mljanero