Directions

  1. Plant a generous mix of the 4 types of plants listed above around the boundaries of your yard. When deer brush against these aromatic plants, the scent rubs off on their fur The deer end up enveloped in a cloud of strong scents that confuses their senses and tends to discourage them from eating.
  2. As you notice plants that deer seem to prefer, try hiding them from the deer by planting a nonpreferrcd plant very close by.

Create a "deer-stopper" garden of strong-scented and prickly plants around the area where deer enter your yard. With no tasty morsels to draw them into your garden, deer are likely to bypass your yard in search of plants they prefer. This plan shows one example of an attractive combination of plants that deer find unappealing and even repellent.

The numbers in parentheses show the quantity of each plant used in this plan.

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Plants That Deer Don't Desire

While deer's tastes for your landscape plants may vary, depending on where you live and how hungry the deer are, there are some plants that

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Artemisias (Artemisia spp.)

Bambi is less likely to eat. The plants in this table are among those that deer rarely—if ever—dine on; you may discover others that are effective in your area.

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Mexican oregano

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3- to 6-foot-tall shrub with dark green leaves

(Lippia graveolens)

and small pale flowers

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Hardy to Zone 8

Mints

Up to 30-inch-tall perennials with small purple

(Mentha spp.)

or pink spike flowers in midsummer; may

spread rampantly

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Zones 5 to 9

Rosemary

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2- to 6-foot-tall upright tender perennial with

(Rosmarinus officinalis)

needlelike leaves and small blue, lilac, or pink

flowers; also prostrate and creeping forms

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Zones 8 to 10

Lemon thyme

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6 to 12 inches tail and 18 to 24 inches wide

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(Thymus x citriodorus)

with dark green or variegated foliage with

lemony scent; purple flowers in early summer

(but doesn't set seed)

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Zones 5 to 9

Wormwood

3- to 5-foot-tall bushy perennial with 2- to

(Artemisia absinthium)

5-inch-long gray-green leaves; small yellow

flowers in summer

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Zones 5 to 9

Chameleon plant

Perennial groundcover with showy green, red,

{Houttuynia cordata 'Chameleon')

and yellow 2- to 3-inch heart shaped leaves

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Zones 5 to 8

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(Physostegia virginiana)

4-foot-tall perennial with 5-inch-!ong leaves

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white flowers that bloom in summer

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Zones 3 to 9

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Queen-Anne's-lace

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Biennial; 1 to 3 feet tall with ferny foliage and

(Daucus carota)

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clusters of tiny lacy white flowers in midsummer

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Description

#

Hardiness Zones

Sweet autumn clematis

Vigorous perennial vine with dark green 4-

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(Clematis maximowicziana)

inch-long leaves, covered with small white

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blooms in late summer and fall

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Zones 5 to 9

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Wisterias

Very vigorous woody vines, can grow over 10

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(Wisteria spp.)

feet a year; drooping clusters of fragrant violet

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flowers bloom in spring

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Zones 4 or 5 to 10

Blackberries

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Perennial vines with luscious black berries

(Rubus spp.)

form an inpenetrable hedge; choose a thorny

variety that is best suited for your area; plant

3 to 4 feet apart

*

Zones 5 to 9

Butterfly weed

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1- to 3-foot-tafl perennial with 2- to 5-inch

(Asclepias tuberosa)

clusters of waxy bright orange, red, or yellow

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Zones 3 to 9

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Foxgloves

2- to 5-feet tall biennial or short-lived peren

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(Digitalis spp.)

nials with tall spikes of pink, white, yellow, or

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brown flowers

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'Rotunda' Chinese holly

Compact, dense, spiny-leaved shrub that does

(Ilex corn uta 'Rotunda')

not fruit; 3 to 4 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide;

can be grown as a thick dense hedge

# Zones 7 to 9

Lamb's-ears

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Perennial with soft, wooly gray-white leaves

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(Stachys byzantina)

and fuzzy 6- to 15-inch-long spikes of purple

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blossoms

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Zones 4 to 8

Madagascar periwinkle

1"

Also called annual vinca; annual with dark

(Catharanthus roseus)

green leaves with white central veins and

2-inch, 5-petaled white, rose, or pink flowers;

12 to 18 inches tall

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(Euphorbia s pp.)

Spurge

(Euphorbia s pp.)

Most species are 1 to 3 feet tall and bloom In spring, with 2- to 3-inch flower clusters surrounded by showy yellow bracts (modified leaves)

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