Don’t let your prized flower beds become Bambi’s buffet. These five deer-deterrent strategies will send unwanted woodland visitors scurrying.
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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.
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Cleomes and asparagus ferns (pictured) are just plain awkward to chew -- a bonus effect of the visual interest they’ll give your garden.
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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.
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Zinnias are avoided by deer for their heartburn-like aftereffects, whether you opt for flame-colored blooms or a different shade altogether.
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Deer-resistant plants can help, but they're no guarantee. A fence made of living willow branches guards your borders without obscuring the beauty behind them.