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June 4th, 2010, 08:28 AM
Stellas Mommy's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Where my husband I will be moving there are tones of deer and I know that I want to do a garden. Is there anything that I can plant that deer won't eat?

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June 4th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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I think your best bet will be protecting whatever you want to plant so deer can't get to it. Maybe someone else has better advice.

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June 4th, 2010, 09:24 AM
Mountain~Mama's Avatar ThePastHasNoPowerOverMe
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There are lots of flowers that deer wont eat. A lot of peole around here put a fence around their vegi gardens to keep the critters out.

For early springtime color, try daffodils, hyacinths and Crown Imperials. A note of caution: don't plant the Crown Imperials too close to your house. The bulbs have a very strong odor even underground. Later in the spring you can use old-fashioned favorites like bleeding heart, columbine, lily of the valley and foxglove. For summer-long color, annuals such as calendulas, marigolds, nasturtium, sweet alyssum and zinnias are good choices. For perennials, try peonies and rudbeckia (black-eyed Susans).

If you have a shady yard, don't despair. Hostas may be deer candy but ferns are rarely eaten. There are many to choose from ranging from the small but colorful Japanese Painted Fern all the way up to the elegantly tall Ostrich Fern. If you want color, astilbe are seldom bothered by deer.

Surprisingly, there are ornamental grasses that deer tend to stay away from. The brightly colored Japanese Blood Grass is a popular choice. If you enjoying making dried flower arrangements, you will want to plant Northern Sea Oats.

When it comes to shrubs, who doesn't love lilacs? Deer, that's who! They also avoid butterfly bushes, boxwood, forsythia and Rose of Sharon.
Flowers and Shrubs That Deer Won't Eat

Anaphalis triplinervis (Pearly Everlasting)
Amsonia tagernaemontana

Anemone spp. (Windflower)

Aquilegia spp. (Columbine)

Arabis spp. (Cress)

Armeria maritima (Sea Pink)

Aruncus dioicus (Goatsbeard)

Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly weed)

Artemisia spp.

Astilbe spp.

Aubrietia spp. (False Rockcress)

Belacamda chinensis (Blackberry Lily)

Bergenia spp.

Boltonia asteroids (Boltonia)

Calamagrostis (Feather Reed Grass)

Campanula carpatica (Harebell)

Chelone glabra (Turtlehead)

Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley)

Coreopsis spp. (Tickseed)

Dianthus spp.

Dicentra spp. (Bleeding Heart)

Dictamnus albus (Gas Plant)

Digitalis spp.(Foxglove)

Dryopteris spp. (Wood Fern)

Echinacea spp. (Coneflower)

Echinops ritro (Globe Thistle)

Euphorbia spp. (Cushion Spurge)

Eupatorium (Joe-Pye Weed)

Filipendula (Meadowsweet)

Festuca spp. (Blue Fescue Grass)

Gaillardia spp. (Blanket Flower)

Gypsophila paniculata (Baby’s Breath)

Helleborus spp. (Lenten Rose)

Heuchera spp. (Coral Bells)

Hypericum spp. (St. John's Wort)

Iberis sempervirens (Candytuft)

Iris spp.

Lavandula (Lavender)

Liatris (Gayflower)

Lychnis spp. (Rose Campion)

Mentha spicata (Spearmint)

Miscanthus sinensis (Maiden Grass)

Monarda didyma (Bee Balm)

Nephrolepis (Sword fern)

Myrrhis odorata (Sweet Cicely)

Nepeta spp. (Cat Mint)

Origanum spp. (Marjoram)

Paeonia lactiflora (Peony)

Papaver orientale (Oriental poppy)

Perovskia spp. (Russian sage)

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)

Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder)

Pulmonaria (Lungwort)

Pulsatilla vulgaris (Pasque flower)

Salvia spp.

Stachys byzantina (Lamb's ear)

Tanacetum (Tansy)

Trillium spp. (Trillium)

Veronica spp. (Speedwell)

Yucca spp. (Yucca)
Deer Resistant Plants
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June 4th, 2010, 12:47 PM
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Twelvetwentyone, YOU ARE AMAZING! It's a very shady area back in the woods. It's amazing. I'll post pics when we move in on July 1st. And then I'll post after pics when everything I plant is growing.

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June 4th, 2010, 01:13 PM
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Glad to help but you really should thank MR. Google!
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June 4th, 2010, 04:27 PM
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Somebody on here posted a picture of their garden that they placed inside a dog type outdoor kennel. It was a neat idea. I'll see if I can find the thread.
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June 4th, 2010, 05:46 PM
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THANK YOU MR AND MRS GOOGLE lol. And Twelvetwentyone

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June 6th, 2010, 02:08 PM
mgm78's Avatar Zoe's mom Meredith
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We fence ours with a high fence. Our neighbors use an electric fence!!!

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