Deer resistant landscaping can be a lifelong challenge for many homeowners attempting to deter deer in their gardens. Selecting plants proven to be deer resistant is a great way to start outwitting your unwanted dinner guests.
Herbivorous species, deer thrive in a variety of habitats as their population continues to expand. It is common to see deer in suburban neighborhoods, feasting among our Hostas and Daylilies. Deer are highly adaptable and don't mind searching for a variety of plant foods from our yards. Fruits, nuts, leaves, grasses, and soft barks are not uncommon deer food. The type of plants that deer consume makes it hard to determine what is deer-resistant, and unfortunately, not one variety is entirely deer-proof. Below Accent Landscapes includes a list of recommended plant selections for Deer Resistant Landscaping beds and tips for discouraging deer.
Designing a deer-resistant garden does not have to feel limiting. Mixed beds and borders, native plantings, and wildflowers gardens can all be prepared to be deer-resistant. Accent Landscape's Deer-Resistant Plant List includes a diverse selection of plants to incorporate into your landscape.
When planning for Deer Resistant Landscaping, start by adding foundation plantings, a backdrop, including Wayfaring Viburnum with alternating Ninebark and Spirea varieties. Include tall Maiden and Feather Reed grasses to give a sense of height to borders and mixed garden beds. In front, plant drifts of bulbs for a pop of color in the spring. Feature Hyacinths surround the base of a small ornamental shrub and carefully placed Daffodils amongst spring-blooming perennials. Play with different combinations throughout your landscape. Pay attention to varieties with texture, color, and fragrance, for these are all elements that deter deer.
Standard Features of Deer Resistant Landscaping Plants
Plants that are often left alone by deer usually display the following:
If you are concerned about deer in your landscape and would benefit from a Deer-Resistant Landscape Plan, please visit the Accent Landscapes service page to set up a design consultation.
Have trouble determining if deer are causing the damage? Here are a few signs:
Please contact Accent Landscapes if you have questions or are seeking advice on deer-resistant plant selections.