I know, it's a pipe dream... I live in a community where herds of deer walk the streets, sleep in my front yard and graze everything. A hungry deer will eat anything. I've had deer sample my daffodils by biting off the flower heads and spitting them out on the ground beside the bare stem. Daffodils are supposed to be deer proof. Um, well, that depends on the deer.
That being said, I have found plants that are deer proof and that after 17 years of living in this community, have NEVER been sampled by a white tail deer. So for those of you looking to have a pretty garden display that isn't eaten to the ground, here is my list of no-fails:
Bleeding Heart & Bugleweed
Iris (Bearded & Siberian)
Lavender & Ornamental Grasses
Rudbeckia & Soapwort
Yarrow & Chives
I actually have many more to share, but let's save those for another edition of Deer Proof Plants. I hope I've given you enough of an assortment to enjoy colourful blooms from Spring til Fall no matter how many deer plague your garden!
UPDATE: As one of my readers mentioned, some of the plants I've noted will be nibbled on by deer in a different part of the continent. A good rule to remember is that deer typically will not eat any plant with fuzzy leaves or scented leaves. Happy planting!
See Part 2 of this series by clicking on the photo below: