The winner of our give-away of this terrific new book 50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants, is Beltsville customer Kathy Kircher – congratulations! But we can’t withhold such great information about gardening with deer from the rest of our readers. So here are Ruth Clausen’s top picks for deer-resistant plants:
Perennials: Monkshood, Bigroot Geranium, Black Snakeroot, Baptisia australis, Euphorbia polychroma, Hybrid Astilbe, Dicentra eximia, Hybrid Sage, Japanese spurge (Pachysandra terminalis), Hellebore orientalis, Epimedium grandiflora, Brunnera macrophylla and Yarrow.
Shrubs: Caryopteris, Boxwood, Bush Cinquefoil, Lavender, Spirea, Beautyberry, Russian cypress, Lespedez and Weigela.
Grasses: Fountain grass, Hakone grass, Acorus, Carex morrowii, and Switchgrass.
Bulbs: Daffodils, Leucojum, Colchicum Waterlily, Snowdrop, and Allium moly.
Ferns: Autumn, Christmas, Cinnamon, Ostrich and Japanese painted.
Herbs: Basil, Greek oregano, Rosemary, Sage and, Thyme.
And here are more tips from an interview with the author on Ken Druse Real Dirt
- Wind chimes often spook deer.
- Clean up fruit that’s dropped onto the ground.
- Wrap the base of young trees during rutting season. It’s easy to do and generally works.
- Raise hanging baskets and bird feeders high enough so the deer can’t reach them. Ruth said she once caught a deer standing on its hind legs casually eating everything in the hanging basket on her front porch. (Oh, yeah, she’s got ’em bad!)
- This may sound too obvious, but she insists that it needs to be said: Keep your deer fence closed!
You might ask, what about sprays? She says that “Spraying things isn’t my gig.” Me, either, but I do spray my 8 shrub roses that are growing where the deer sometimes roam – because I don’t want to lose them. I spray monthly when there are leaves on them, and it just takes 5 minutes so I don’t really mind.
Posted by Susan Harris