Deer Resistant Plants

To Keep the Deer Away From Your Garden

deer in front of deer resistant plants

Plant Deer Resistant Plants and flowers, and discover some organic remedies to keep deer away .

Did you know?

Deer Love Rose Plants!

Don't let them nibble on your beautiful plants and garden!

Not all plants are deer proof plants, but you'll find some on this list that are certainly worth growing for that reason. Lots of beautiful plants are considered deer resistant plants, and make a nice addition to the garden.

In addition to planting ones they don't like, consider some of the other ways to deter them.

Unless you plant deer resistant plants, hungry deer could destroy a garden in record time.

Deer Resistant Plants

Here is a list of plants that deer turn their noses up at.

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Bugleweed (Ajuga spp.)

Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)

Foxglove (Digitalis spp.)

Marigold (Tagetes spp.)

Periwinkle (Vinca spp.)

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea spp)

Sage (Salvia spp)

Thyme (Thymus spp)

Tickseed (Coreopsis spp.)

Wood Fern (Dryopteris spp)

Yarrow (Achillea spp)

Hungry deer will nibble on just about anything, but they especially like rose plants, so you have to outsmart the beautiful creatures!

As sweet as they look, these beasts will nibble through your garden in no time! They'll come sneaking in, in the middle of the night, and eat away at all your hard work!


Since deer are creatures of habit, they will maintain their grazing pattern until the food source (your garden plants) runs out.

Identify the Problem to be Deer-Related

How do you know it was deer?

  • You'll see ragged edges on the ends of the nibbled plants. Because deer don't have upper incisors, they have to tear their food, rather than bite clean through.
  • Also look for hoof prints on the ground.
  • Deer droppings might also be there.

Roses that Deer Don't Seem to Bother..

The deer aren't terribly fussy about which rose plants they nibble on.

There are a few varieties however, that are considered their (least) favorites.

  • Most Rugosa Roses are not bothered by deer. They have tough leathery foliage and very thorny canes.
  • Some of the Old Garden Roses are not favored by them as well.

I would guess because they also have thorny canes making it difficult for them to get a bite in!

*Harisons Yellow, *Baronne Provost. *Common Moss and *William Lobb are a few.

More Deer Proof Plants

Lady's mantle (Alchemillia Mollis)

Cosmos (Cosmos Sulphureus)

Maiden Grass (Miscanthus Sinensis Gracillimus)(One of MY favorites!)

Bell Flower (Campanula Punctata)

In my garden, Dusty Miller, Lady's Mantle, and Maiden Grass add beautiful contrast to the garden. I also have clumps of Coneflower. Don't be afraid to try some of these plants if they will do well in your planting zone, they add much to the garden, along with deterring the deer.

Tips to Deter the Deer

Along with planting some of the above suggested deer resistant plants, try a few of these ideas to keep deer away.


  • Put some highly scented bars of soap in a mesh bag, or a nylon stocking,and suspend them near the rose bushes.
  • Spray the plants with a scent repellant such as Liquid Fence. Since the scent repels the deer, they don't have to taste the plant to find out they don't like it.

Although the Liquid Fence will last through a rain, it will need to be repeated to protect new growth.

  • The scent of a dog will repel most deer. Dog hair (Or human) spread around the plants, (some say) can deter the deer.
  • If necessary, Install a fence to keep them out.
  • Mix some curry powder with ground cloves, and sprinkle on the ground around the bushes. Caution; Do NOT sprinkle on leaves it will burn them!
  • If possible, install motion sensor lights. The sudden change will scare the deer off.

My gardens were once fields, that border the woods, so deer are common in my yard. To add to that, I have several apple and other fruit trees planted around and through the gardens, so there is always drops (of fruit) on the ground during the later Summer/Fall months. This attracts them even more!

I have several of the deer resistant flowers planted, and every now and then, my daughter brings her small dog when she visits, and we let him run around (marking) the trees and bushes with his scent, that I think lasts for a while, and deters the deer.

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