Deer are a big problem for those who live among them. While they may be cute and fun to watch, they can wreak havoc on a landscape. You need to know what plants to use to prevent them from turning your yard into a salad bar.
The good news is that there are many “deer resistant” plants, the bad news is that even deer resistant plants can be nibbled on if the deer are hungry enough. It is recommended that you do not feed deer to encourage them not to eat your yard as it can have the reverse effect, but starting with deer resistant plants can definitely help your overall success.
The best plants to use are those that are stinky, spikey or stabby. There is a pretty great list so let’s go over some of them.
Texas Lantana, full sun. All lantana are deer resisant and my favorite varieties are Dallas Red, Confetti, Gold, Trailing purple and of course, Texas.
White Salvia is also a great choice for deer issues, low water low maintenance, sun to part sun. All Sages are good deer resistant plants.
Butterfly weed, full to part sun. Huge Butterfy Attraction.
Squid Agave, evergreen, full to part sun.
Any plant with spikey margins, spines or thorns will help deter deers but they will eat roses so be cautious of those.
Greggs Mist is an excellent choice because it almost glows in the dark at dusk. deciduous, full to part sun
Moon Flower Datura, deciduous, full to part sun
Paprika Yarrow is an excellent plant for Central Texas, evergreen, colorful and medicinal. Full to part sun
Mint is an excellent deer resistant ground cover, paddle cactus and bluebonnet, full to part sun
Oregano, evergreen, full to part sun, edible, medicinal.
Many herbs such as basil, mint, rosemary and oregano are for the most part are deer resistant, though some can be exceptions.
Mexican Bush Sage, semi evergreen, Full to part sun.
Upright Rosemary, evergreen, full sun, edible
Trailing Rosemary, evergreen,full to part sun, edible
Fireman’s Cap / Helmet Coral Bean-Full to part sun, deciduous 10 x 10
Golden Showers Thryallis, semi-evergreen, full to part sun 4 x 3
Wonderful Pomegranate, full to part sun, edible fruit 8 x 8
Yellow Bells Esperanza-beautiful and drought tolerant. deciduous, full sun. 8 x 6
Pride of Barbados-super drought tolerant. Deciduous, full sun. 8 x 6
Bearded Iris, Evergreen, full to part sun 2 x 2
Texas flowery Senna tree, semi evergreen, full to part sun 8 x 8
Evergreen Wysteria, Spectacular Bloom! Full sun.
The Jerusalem Sage has a really fabulous flower form and a beautiful true sage color to the leaf. Evergreen, full to part sun. 2.5 x 2.5
Confederate Jasmine (or Star) vine is an Incredibly fragrant, evergreen and beautiful. Full to part sun. 15 x 15 spread
Desert Willow Tree, deciduous, full sun. 20 x 20
Pineapple Guava, Lg. evergreen shrub, full to part sun. 8 x 6
Mexican Feather Grass, evergreen, full to part sun. 2 x 2
Pink Salvia is the most common of the salvia greggi but all varieties are deer resistant, a great hummingbird and butterfly attraction. Full sun. 3 x 3
Echinacia, Purple Cone Flower. Deciduous, medicinal. 2 x 1
Firecracker fern, semi evergreen, full to part sun. 2 x 2
Mexican Honey Suckle, semi evergreen full to part sun. 3 x 3
Flax Lily in the front and Cordiline (the purple leaves) in the back. both are full sun to shade and are awesome evergreen plants for contrast. 2 x 2
knife Acacia, evergreen full to part sun. 6 x 5
Twist Leaf Yucca, evergreen, full to part sun. 2.5 x 2.5
Gulf Muhly full to part sun. Low water and little maintained. Trim back to about 1′ after the last frost to encourage growth.
Pigeonberry, shade, deciduous. 2 x 3
Foxtail Fern, evergreen, shade to sun. 2 x 2
Ferns of all kinds are great deer resistant plants. Be sure you are choosing the right fern for your light requirements. Kimberly Queen, Wavy Cloak and Asparagus ferns are great for light and river, holly and wood ferns are great for shade and low light.
Paddle Cactus, Agave and Palms are all deer resistant, evergreen and very low water/ just be sure not to place them near cars or people like these guys did.
Kidneywood Tree, Deciduous, sun to part shade. Super fragrant when it blooms. 10 x 10
These are just some of the plants I love to use in problem areas to deter deer from inviting thier friends to your buffet. With many colors, textures and light requirements you can find an array of plants to choose from. Plant strategically and send those pesky deer over to the neighbors house for lunch :/
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