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Deer Resistant Plants and Repellents

Pennsylvania Deer Resistant Plants and Repellents

Deer Resistant Plants, Penn State Cooperative Extension 

Deer Resistant Plants


Deer Resistant 

Perennials: ajuga, barrenwort, bleeding heart, brunnera, columbine, daffodils, epimedium, ferns (Christmas, maiden hair, wood and ostrich),  foxglove, hardy ginger, helleborus (Lenten rose), hyaccinths, iris, Japanese forestgrass, lady's mantle,  lamium, lavender, monkshood, peonies, pulmonaria (lungwort), pachysandra, sedges, Solomon's seal, sweet woodruff, yarrow.   Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), a bushy deer-resistant perennial with bright orange flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. 

Annualsageratum, heliotrope, dusty Miller, flowering tobacco (Nicotiana), licorice plant, tuberous begonias.  Annual flowering herbs:  dill, calendula, lantana, salvias.

Shrubs: arrowwood viburnum, beautyberry, bottlebrush, boxwood, 

Shamrock Hollies - Deer Resistant

 deutzia, elderberry, Hinoki cypress, Japanese kerria, Japanese plum yew, leucothoe, Oregon grapeholly, rugosa rose, Russian cypress, St. Johnswort, smooth hydrangea, sumac, sweetbox, Virginia sweetspire.
Beebalm (Mondarda fistulosa) is, a deer resistant plant that attracts birds and bees, the leaves have a minty smell and the flowers are edible. 

Repellents:  
Mary Dutkovic's of the Pittsburgh Rose Society has a great recipe to deter deer. 2 large HEADS of garlic halved 2 large strong onions halved Simmer in 4 quarts of water for 4 hours (outside if possible). Let cool and strain. Add one half can of hot Hungarian paprika 1 teaspoon of dish soap. Spray on plants three times a year or when 
needed April, June and July

Deer Resistant Boxwood, Laurels and Viburnum Examples

Simple Solution for Deer Control [surfactant] December 26, 2011 Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Gardener
... The secret to repelling deer is ... spreader sticker... simply using a surfactant with a deer repellent like Liquid Fence or Bobbex allows the repelling qualities to adhere to the plant thoroughly, giving better and longer control... Use a non-ionic spreader sticker, such as one produced by Hi-Yield. Most garden centers and nurseries carry spreader stickers or surfactants.  Even Ivory Liquid dish soap is non-ionic, whereas Dawn dish soap is considered anionic ....

... Geese, deer and even insects tend to avoid FlightTurf®. Based on Kobland’s years of research on airfields, including, among others, Northeast Philadelphia Airport (PNE), this turfgrass and vegetative management system requires only one mow per year to maintain an average height of 6-7 inches... visitwww.FlightTurf.com 

With good grace, she surrenders when deer invade September 11, 2013 Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
It was a great day for a garden tour... deer visitors to our yard decide how our garden grows. Next year, my husband Jim and I will try plants that appear unappetizing to deer ... When I see the deer, I run for the camera instead of looking for "deer away" spray to prepare plants for the next encounter. This may seem unusual, since I am a gardener ...