Asked on Dec 26, 2018

How do I choose shrubs and plants that are deer proof?



6 answers
  • Defrazzled418
    on Dec 26, 2018

    Off the top of my brain. I would say check Sunset Garden book. Or wikpedia 😁

  • Maura White
    on Dec 26, 2018


  • Here's a link with lots of suggestions, Carolyn:

  • Betty
    on Dec 26, 2018

    Hi they have never eat my Rose of Sharon Bush. Daffodils they will not eat. .Iris they will not eat . Marigolds they hate. . Good luck. .

  • Oliva
    on Dec 26, 2018

    Nothing is deemed "Deer Proof". Deer tend to avoid lavender, sage, rosemary, iris, garlic, castor bean plant, dahlias, daffodils, ageratum (the bulbs contain arsenic).

    You can check various garden websites such as Old Farmer's Almanac, Rodale institute, Rutgers University, etc. They will have lists for "most preferred" (roses, tulips, hydrangeas, nine bark shrubs, hollies, day lilies, etc.), "somewhat preferred", and "least preferred".

    Depending upon your location, you may have better or worse luck with particular plantings. To be safe, try a deer repellent (concentrated liquid spray ), with rotten eggs and garlic, used at least weekly to begin, and monthly after the first several months. A dose of chili pepper or similar can't hurt, either, in keeping deer from repeated browsing and total destruction of your landscaping.

  • Amanda
    on Dec 27, 2018

    Hi Carolyn. Most nurseries will have on the tag that they are deer or rabbit proof. I would ask for suggestions at your local nursery.

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