Deer Resistant Plants

As winter draws to a close and the snow melts away, it's common to see deer out in the open, grazing on new-grown plants and grasses. While the appearance of animals is a welcome sign that spring has arrived, it could also mean trouble for your garden.

Grazing deer are nice to watch, but they can cause extensive damage by feeding on your garden. Keeping this in mind, gardeners should consider the placement and selection of their plants. Try to plant more susceptible species near the home or in a fenced area. You may also want to choose deer-resistant plants and flowers that they are less likely to feed on.

Deer tend to avoid bulb vegetables, especially chives, garlic and onions. In addition to these bulb vegetables, there are other deer-resistant plants and flowers that they will tend to leave alone. While the following plant categories are best for landscapes prone to deer damage, it's important to realize that no plant is completely 'deer proof.'


Here are some deer-resistant plants that could help deter them from feeding:

  • Dusty Miller
  • Snapdragon
  • Lantana
  • Japanese Painted Fern
  • Wood Fern
  • Sensitive Fern
  • Lavender
  • Peony
  • Lenten Rose
  • Foxglove
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Red-Hot Poker