So the Deer Ate Your Garden. . .

. . . This is the natural state of affairs if you live close to a large deer population, so instead of cursing the poor creatures why not try to coexist with some planning and care in your landscape and garden design. It can be a trial and error kind of game, but I think it’s kind of fun (and infuriating at times) to find your place in a beautiful wilderness garden. . . remind me of this when I decide to just electrify my entire perimeter halfway through summer.
That being said, I want to share with you a few of my favorite deer resistant perennials you might want to try (I’m zone 5, so these may not be suitable for every garden). Please remember that not all deer have the same appetites and your fuzzy fellas might just take a liking to something mine find unsatisfying. Let me know if you’ve had luck with any of these plants, and if you have a favorite, please pass it along.
Butterfly Milkweed
Calla Lily (not perennial in zone 5)
Catmint
Coneflower
Coreopsis
Iris
Lavender
Lungwort
White Sage

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  • Judy Stavish Judy Stavish on Mar 28, 2014
    Our deer love any thing that grows including rose bushes with thorns. We put a fence up.So far they haven't jump it.

  • Ginger Coleen Ginger Coleen on Apr 06, 2014
    I also live in the country with lots of deer. I grow a vegetable garden every year and have discovered (from a neighbor) the perfect way to keep the deer away. Fishing line! Just put a single strand of fishing line around the plants about 3 feet off the ground. You might have to put stakes in the ground for the line but it's less expensive than a fence. I'm not sure why it works but it sure does. Make sure you leave a little room between the plants and the strand of line or they will reach over it and munch.

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