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Deer-Resistance Flowers

Jennifer Smith

Posted on February 09 2018

Like us, not all flowers are appealing to deer. To keep deer away from gardens, plant these deer-resistant plants as a deer barrier:

  • Virginia Bluebells
  • Verbena
  • Peonies
  • Iris
  • Baptisia
  • Geraniums
  • Coreopsis
  • Blanket Flower
  • Veronica
  • Perennial Sage
  • Aster
  • Daffodils
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Hibiscus


Some perennials, including daffodils, can be used as a deer barrier. Perennial plants appeal to home growers for their fragrance, but not by deer. In addition to lavender and mint, deer resist the urge to eat Columbine plants, rosemary and sage. Asparagus lovers will be glad to hear that deer hate the taste and will walk away from this green vegetable. These types of perennials can be planted in the summer to protect flowerbeds. 

Other deer resistance flowers to plant in fall include: Buckeye, Lilac, Viburnum, Butterfly Bushes, and Eastern Sweetshrubs.

Keep perennials and annual plants in-mind when designing your landscape to protect flowerbeds from deer damage.