Spotlight: Nepeta. Deer Resistant May 17, 2011 New York Deer Resistant Plants

Spotlight: Nepeta.  Deer Resistant  May 17, 2011  New York Deer Resistant Plants  The Journal News |
Bill Cary/The Journal News 

If you garden with deer in the Hudson Valley, you should be growing nepeta, or catmint. Deer hate its minty smell and will stay completely away from it. They hate nepeta so much, in fact, that you may even be able to keep deer away from some of their favorites - hostas, lilies, roses, impatiens - by surrounding them with plantings of catmint. Sometimes I make a nepeta tea with leftover cuttings and then add it to my 2-gallon jug of deer-repellent spray..

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