Deer Proof Plants

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Gardening in southeast Texas is a grower's delight. We are blessed with two planting seasons, Spring and Fall and we basically garden throughout the year . The abundant rains, mild climate, and woodlands setting creates the perfect recipe for abundant flora and fauna. Fauna such as rabbits and deer, mainly deer, are adorable to watch but prove to be a nemesis for the gardener. Deer and rabbits can wipe out a garden overnight if the opportunity presents itself. Deer are by far the greater threat. Able to jump over 6' and usually travelling  in herds of voracious eaters, these animals can be quite the nuisance when we tempt them with luscious delectable foliage. To ensure we do not tempt them beyond the limits of temptation, we must ensure that we use the most "deer proof" plant selections on the market. The term "deer proof" does not mean that a plant will not be touched as an iron clad rule, but it is defined as a plant that deer will normally consider less favorably and generally ignore. Keep in mind that that following plant list may vary from one region to the next, especially during different seasons and in times of drought, all bets are off.

Deer are quite a paradox; they dislike heavily fragrant plants but love roses and heliotrope, steering clear of other selections such as rosemary and garlic. The following list will help you in determining which plant varieties are good selections for areas prone to a heavy deer population and their feeding habits. These plants are your best line of defense in keeping them away from your landscape.

Trees and large shrubs over 20' - Deer Proof Selections

  • Ash
  • Bald Cypress
  • Crape Myrtle
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fig
  • Dogwood
  • Maple
  • Oaks
  • Japanese Yes
  • Palms
  • Persimmons
  • Loquat
  • Mountain Laurel
  • Vitex
  • Redbud
  • Pine
  • Wax Myrtle
  • Ligustrum
  • Holly
  • Juniper
  • Leyland Cypress
  • Cedar
  • Accasia
  • Magnolia

Shrubs

  • Abelia
  • Angel Trumpet
  • Bamboo
  • Barberry
  • Bird of Paradise
  • Butterfly bush
  • Boxwood
  • Plumbago
  • Eleagnus
  • Pineapple Guava
  • Azaleas
  • Holly
  • Ixora
  • Juniper
  • Mahonia
  • Nandina
  • Pomegranate
  • Privet
  • Oleander
  • Sweet Olive
  • Camellia
  • Viburnum
  • Aloe

*DO NOT PLANT: Indian Hawthorne, Hibiscus, Bougainvillea

Perennials

  • Blue Daze
  • Angelonia
  • Lantana
  • Calendula
  • Dusty Miller
  • Feather Grass
  • Euphorbia
  • Lamb's Ear
  • Lupine
  • Marigold
  • Mondo Grass
  • Pampas Grass
  • Purple Fountain Grass
  • Sage
  • Philodendron
  • Rosemary
  • Vinca (annual)
  • Snapdragon
  • Society garlic
  • Sword Fern
  • Yucca
  • Yarrow
  • Thyme
  • Wandering Jew
  • Wall Flower
  • Santolinia
  • Hedera Ivy
  • Iris
  • Daylily
  • Wood Fern
  • Ajuga
  • Iris
  • Daffodil (sometimes)
  • Coreopsis
  • Chysanthemum

Vines

  • Confederate Star Jasmine
  • Carolina Jasmine
  • Trumpet Vine
  • Crossvine
  • English Ivy
  • Wisteria
  • Honeysuckle
  • Passion vine
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Cypress Vine
  • Morning Glory
  • Black eyed susan vine

Deer love vegetable gardens and fruit trees, but tend to avoid citrus, citronella plants, scented geraniums, cilantro, dill, and most other herbs.

We also sell several different varieties of deep repellant. A customer favorite is the deer repellant canisters, which are replaced once per season. They are weather proof and emit a scent that repels deer. Each package comes with six stakes, to be spread 4-8 ft apart in the landscape. Customers swear by them every season! We also sell concentrated sprays, and Deer-X netting.

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