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Choosing Deer-Resistant Plants

You may see deer as stately creatures, road hazards, cute cartoon characters, or jerky ingredients. However, you’ll probably agree that deer make rude dinner guests. If you’re planting away from the house, you may want to choose plants less tempting to deer and other nibblers.

Deer typically enjoy juicier plants with soft corms or roots and tender greens. They dislike woodier stems and thickly skinned plants. You may wish to try:

Succulents – Most succulents feature a hard exterior, allowing the plants to retain water. These exterior doubles as a protective cover.

Grasses and Lilac – These thin plants just don’t provide the tenderness that most animals want.

Coneflowers, Rudbeckia, and Asters – Woodier, less succulent stalks are a turnoff for deer perusing for greens.

Gladiolus – These are some of the tougher bulbs, and less likely to attract snackers.

Shade plants – Many shade plants prefer acidic soil and produce an acidic taste. Deer tend to reject these (although some are also poisonous to pets, so check your plants before allowing your pets to roam your shade garden).

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