Top 10 Plants That Deer Won’t Eat

Peony: do best in Zones 3 to 8, in full sun (though they can tolerate half day sun). They need to be sheltered from intense winds and shouldn’t be planted too close to shrubs and trees.

Bee Balm:does best in Zones 3-9, with evenly moist soil, with waterings every 7 to 10 days during season. They need full sun for their happiest life, or shade in hotter climates.

Bearded Iris:need to be planted in sunny, well-drained soil, in Zones 3 to 9. Once they’ve been planted, keep the soil moist but avoid over watering the plants, as too much water .

Lavender:is one of those gorgeous plants that pulls triple or even quadruple duty. It looks amazing, smells amazing, is often used for herbal remedies and teas.

Heuchera:are a beautiful perennial plant that pops out brilliant foliage and tiny spikes of flowers in midsummer. The flowers come in deep red/burgundy (almost black) to chartreuse green.

Swamp Milkweed: is a beautiful meadow and wetland plant that produces incredible blooms that draw in hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, but runs off deer.

Cardinal Flower:Growing strong in Zones 3 to 9, the cardinal flower is a striking red, white, or scarlet flower that pops out in summer months from July to September.

Osmanthus:The plant also has spiny leaves that deer hate trying to eat, so they’ll skip it and move on. This makes the shrub a perfect border plant for helping to keep deer away from the garden.

Catmint:The plant does best in Zones 3 to 9, lasting from blooming time to frost, offering up a delightful fragrance that humans love and deer hate.

Coneflower:This beautiful little daisy-looking blossom grows well in Zones 3 to 9 and happens to be the plant that’s known as Echinacea in herbal remedy circles. 

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