Gardening in deer-infested territory may be old hat for you, or deer may be a recent challenge for you, thanks to recent increases in herd size in the D.C. area. And by “challenge” I mean the untold frustrations and horrors of continually losing beloved plants to these voracious herbavores.
I’m one of the new-to-Bambi gardeners, so I latched onto this new book from Timber Press a bit desperately and, like any good form of therapy, it made me feel better about my lot in life – or gardens.
50 Beatiful Deer-Resistant Plants is an exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen. It includes not just the 50 but her favorite companions, and design tips for every plant she covers. Add the terrific photos of Alan Detrick, and indeed the options look “drool-worthy,” to quote the publisher.
I was surprised to learn a couple of things about my deer-infested back yard. First and quite happily, it’s filled with shrubs that deer don’t like – like spirea, weigela, boxwood and beautyberry. So I got the big stuff right – yay! My perennials, not so much, so I’ll to either keep spraying, or invest in some of the options presented here. Either way, I’m not giving in, giving up and settling for a blah garden.
HOW TO WIN
Just leave a comment to this story and we’ll choose one by random. So you can say whatever you’d like in the comment but how about a deer story? The deadline is June 30, 2011 and the winner can pick up the book at either Behnkes location.
Posted by Susan Harris.