07 Feb 2012

Creating A Deer Resistant Landscape

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The damage caused by deer feeding in urban landscapes has increased dramatically in the last few years.  A number of options are available to the homeowner to protect landscapes from such damage.  Fencing, scent repellents and sound devices are often used with some success.  Another option may be to plant species that deer generally do not feed upon.    Some literature indicates that a hungry deer will eat even plants thought to be “deer proof,” however;  the following list should be helpful in choosing plants that deer generally tend to avoid.

 

 

 

Botanical Name Common Name
TREES
Acer palmatum Japanese maple
Aesculus parviflore Bottlebrush Buckeye
Amelanchier laevis Alleghany Serviceberry
Betula nigra “Heritage” Heritage Birch
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood
Cotinus Smoke tree
Picea pungens glauca Colorado Blue Spruce
Pinus nigra Austrian Pine
Pinus sylvestris Scotch Pine
SHRUBS
Berberis species Barberry
Buddleia Butterfly Bush
Buxus species Boxwood
Caryopteris Caryopteris
Calastrus scandens American Bittersweet
Cornus sericea Red Osier Dogwood
Cotoneaster species Cotoneaster
Forsythia species Forsythia
Hibiscus syriacus Rose of Sharon (Althea)
Hypericum Hypericum
Ilex opaca American Holly
Juniperus chinenesis Chinese Juniper
Ligustrum vulgare Common Privet
Pinus mugo Mugho Pine
Potentilla Cinquefoil
Syringa species Lilac
Viburnum species Viburnum
Wisterias Wisteria
Yucca species Yucca
HERBACIOUS PLANTS
Achillea species Yarrow
Aconitum species Monkshood
Ageratum houstonianum Ageratum
Alcea rosea Hollyhock
Anemone x hybrida Japanese Anemone
Anethrum graveolens Common Dill
Antirrhinum majus Snapdragon                                             Aquilegia species
Arabis Rock Cress
Artemesia species Woodworm, Silver Mound
Armeria Common Thrift
Asclepias tuberosa Buttefly Weed
Aster novi belgii Aster
Astilbe species False Spiraea
Athyrium filix-femina Lady Fern
Aurinia saxatilis Basket of Gold, Alyssum
Begonia semperflorens Wax Begonia
Bergenia species Bergenia
Borago officinalis Borage
Brunnera species Anchusa
Caladium Caladium
Campanula carpatica Bellflower
Campsis radicans Trumpet Vine
Catharanthus roseus Periwinkle
Centaurea Centaurea
Cerastium tomentosum Snow in Summer
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago
Cimicifuga racemosa Bugbane, Snakeroot
Cleome hasslerana Spider Flower
Convallaria majalis Lily of the Valley
Coreopsis species Tickseed, Coreopsis
Cosmos bipinnatus Cosmos
Dendranthema species Chrysanthemum
Dianthus species Pinks, Carnations
Dicentra species Bleeding Heart
Digitalis species Foxglove
Dryopteris marginalis Wood Fern
Epimedium species Barrenwort
Euphorbia Spurge
Equisetum Horsestail reed
Fritillaris species Crown Imperial
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff
Gallardia species Blanket Wildflower
Heliotropium arborescens Helioptrope
Hesperis matronalis Dame’s Rocket
Heuchera sanguinea Coral Bells
Hyacinthus orientalis Hyacinth
Iberis sempervirens Candytuft
Iris species  Iris
Kniphofia Red Hot Poker
Lamium maculatum Deadnettle
Lantana species Lantana
Liatris spicata Gay Feather
Linum perenne Flax
Liriope Lily Turf
Lobularia maritima Sweet Alyssum
Matteuccia struthiopteris Ostrich Fern
Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells
Monarda didyma Bee Balm
Myosotis sylvatica Forget Me Not
Narcissus species Daffodil
Nicotiana species Flowering Tobacco
Nierembergia Cup Flower
Oenothera Evening Primrose
Osmunda regalis var. spectabilis Royal Fern
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge
Papaver orientale Oriental Poppy
Pelargonium species Scented Geranium
Perovskia atriplicfolia Russian Sage
Penstemon Beard Tongue
Phlox sublata Creeping Phlox
Pulmonaria species Lungwort
Ranunculus species Creeping Buttercup
Salvia farinacea Salvia Velocity Blue
Salvia officinalis Sage
Salvia splendens Salvia
Saponaria ocymoides Soapwort
Scabiosa species Pincushion Flower
Senecio cineraria Dusty Miller
Stachys byzantina Lamb’s Ear
Tagetes species Marigold
Tanacetum vulgare Common Tansy
Thymus species Thyme
Tiarella cordifolia Foam Flower
Tropaeolum majus Nasturtium
Verbena canadensis Verbena
Vinca species  Myrtle
Zinnia species Zinnia
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