Deer Resistant Plants for Austin and Central Texas!
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 discourage them from eating in your yard as it can have the reverse affect.
Start by using deer resistant plants The best plants that are stinky, spikey or stabby. There is a pretty great list so let’s goer right to it.
there are a variety of beautiful lantana and a rave colors that do very well in the Texas landscape. They are also very low water, low-maintenance and deer resistant
All salvia’s and sages are deer resistant, drought tolerant and low maintenance. Look for members of the mint family and you can’t go wrong. Remember Deers don’t like stinky stuff so if the leaves are pungent then it’s a good choice.
Both the native butterfly weed and milkweed are deer resistant and feed our migrating butterflies.
The spikier the better. Plants that are unpleasant for you to touch are unpleasant for them to eat.
Gregg’s Blue Mistflower is a butterfly magnet but the deers are so crazy about it. That makes this an excellent choice for any gardener.
Moonflower is a stunning dusk and night blooming flower that is fragrant and deer resistant.
Pink or paprika Yarrow are excellent plants for Central Texas, Evergreen colorful and medicinal. Plant in full depart sun.
Mint, seasonal bluebonnets and cactus of all kinds are deer resistant, though deer will eat cactus fruits. They like full to part sun.
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 is a beautiful specimen for mass planting. This perennial provides months of flowers for bees wildlife. Super low water and deer resistant.
Both upright and trailing rosemary are great choices for full sun beds with deer. Low water and little to no maintenance.
Not only is this plant fabulous with its 24 inch bright red flower spikes, but it’s also low water and deer resistant.
Thryallis is a grossly underestimated plant in the Central Texas Landscape. It’s a profusion of yellow flowers all summer long and love the heat.
What can you can about growing your own fruit. While you might have to keep the squirrels at bay, the deer shouldn’t be a problem.
This is one of those plants you never forget. Like a ray of sunshine it blooms all summer long.
Right out of tropics, this butterfly attraction is a gift of flower and unusual leaves that stand out in any landscape.
Bearded Iris are one of my personal favorites for obvious reasons. Evergreen, low water and low maintenance.
Texas evergreen Wisteria is a flowering vine that’s as fragrant as it is beautiful. Growing to 25’ it’s great for a trellis or fence line.
Jerusalem sage has a really fabulous flower form that looks like a crown of yellow petals. This evergreen plant can thrive in sun to shade. It has beautiful sage colored leaves with silver fur on the lower epidermis.
While most of what I would say about this plant is a positive, it can be cold sensitive. So don’t plant this where you need privacy because you may be looking at your neighbors if you’re counting on this one sustaining a deep freeze.
This heat loving flower bomb has a Willowee structure with long narrow leaves and fragrant flowers. You can enjoy them but the deers won’t.
The pineapple guava is a flowering shrub with edible fruit that does very well in part sun.
Mexican feather grass and all grasses are deer resistant so look for varieties for your son conditions and you will be pleasantly surprised by the varieties you have to choose from.
While pink salvia is one of the most common you will see, there are a multitude of colors and varieties and they are all the resistant, low water and low maintenance.
This is another plant that comes in many colors that does beautifully in our landscape. I encourage you to try some new varieties and see what works best for you.
I am a big fan of the Firecracker Fern For its profuse coral bloom cycles and interesting texture.
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.
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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