Deer Resistant Plants

Deer prefer bland-tasting, non-toxic and non-odorous plant material. All of the perennials on our deer-resistant list are either spicy, toxic, or aromatic. Whether or not a plant is eaten can also depend on factors external to the plants, such as weather, which can cause starvation situations.

Deer prefer bland-tasting, non-toxic and non-odorous plant material. All of the perennials on our deer-resistant list are either spicy, toxic, or aromatic. Whether or not a plant is eaten can also depend on factors external to the plants, such as weather, which can cause starvation situations.

Deer-resistant plants bring visual pleasure to your garden, but be prepared for the frustration of an occasional nibble. No plant is deer-proof. Some factors that allow non-preferred plants such as these to get eaten include succulent new growth, easy availability, and familiarity.

Plants Deer Avoid:
Wintergreen
Daphne
Mountain Laurel
Honey Locust
Common Lilac

Plants Deer Love:
Balsam Fir
Maple Trees
Clematis
Apple Trees
Hybrid Tea Rose