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In our neck of the woods (or the Jersey pines, as we like to call it), I think our deer population outnumbers our human population. While we love to enjoy all that mother nature creates, it gets really frustrating when a group of deer not only peak into your windows to see what’s going on, but also help themselves to all your beautiful plants and vegetation. It’s just not fair!
I can’t begin to tell you how many customers come in to our garden center and ask for advice on what flowers and plants a deer will eat, and what they will not. “Will the deer eat it?” is always the first question asked when choosing a plant or flower.
While I am not an expert in determining what a deer will eat and what it will not, there are a number of Deer Resistant Plants you can try. The Rutgers Cooperative Extension has a great list called Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance. You can download and print it out for reference. It’s a great resource to carry with you when you are shopping at your local garden center or greenhouse.
Some people spray their plants to deter the deer from eating them. There are a lot of different natural sprays you can make yourself. I am sure you will find a lot if you google “homemade deer repellant”. You can try this product called Liquid Fence Deer and Rabbit Repellent. We sell this all-natural product in our garden center. Our customers claim it works very well. While it stinks to high heaven, it is all natural and in no way harmful to deer or rabbits. It just deters them from eating your plants.
Here are a few deer resistant annual and perennial flower and plant suggestions for you to look for. These are more popular varieties that you should easily be able to find when you are shopping at your local garden center.available this time of year.
Deer Resistant Annuals
Celosia / Cock’s Comb
Deer Resistant Perennials
Hopefully this list as well as the more comprehensive list from the Rutgers Cooperative Extension will help you in choosing plants that your deer friends won’t eat. While it is frustrating to see money and labor wasted by planting something that will be gone by the next day, it’s nice to know that there are plants that the deer will not eat and you can enjoy their beauty too.