Your Five-Point Plan for a Deer-Resistant Garden
Out of the Woods
Animal lovers, don’t fret -- deer-resistant plants (like the cleome and verbena bonarensis shown here) aren’t usually poisonous, but rely on pungent oils and displeasing textures to send wildlife looking elsewhere for a snack. They’re meant to be used as fillers throughout your garden, so accounting for them in the planning stages is the easiest way to go; if deer trouble erupts midseason, try replanting them whole. Read on for our suggestions.
As much as we love lavender’s lush, heady aroma in home-spa treatments and recipes, deer don’t seem to share the sentiment.
Cleomes and asparagus ferns (pictured) are just plain awkward to chew -- a bonus effect of the visual interest they’ll give your garden.
You know the distracting throat tickle you get when you’re coming down with a cold? Turns out deer don’t love things that tickle their throats either. Try verbena (shown here) or ageratum, whose petals grow in wispy clusters -- or ballota, whose velvety silver leaves make a nice edging accent.
Zinnias are avoided by deer for their heartburn-like aftereffects, whether you opt for flame-colored blooms or a different shade altogether.