With deforestation, and a lack of natural food, deer begin to turn to residential areas and feed on the plants in gardens. It is due to this that they often turn into a menace for gardeners. Man has used a number of ways of trying to resist their advent--like fencing, but there is another method that can be used for preventing them from feeding on the plants, and that is by using plants. There are certain deciduous, evergreen shrubs and plants which deer do not eat. It is either due to the taste of the shrub, or the smell, or maybe the difficulty in digesting these plant, or the toxins present in the plants, that keeps the deer away.
The following are certain plants that you can plant in order to ward off the deer.
- Juniper: These are slow-growing, dense evergreen plants which can sometimes grow up to a height of 90 feet. These plants have needle like foliage--it is the needles that keep the deer at bay. As for the aesthetic element--these plants also produce some really attractive blue-colored seed cones.
- Mugo Pine: It's scientific name is Pinus mugo. These plants have needle-like structures on them, and unlike other pine trees, the prickly feeling brought on by these needles lasts for a long time. Which is what acts as a good deer repellent.
- Dapne: These shrubs are toxic, and grow up to 3 to 4 feet tall. They bear attractive white flowers during spring and red flowers during the summer season. It is the toxin present in the leaves that prevents the deer from chewing on them.
- Dianthus: The Dianthus or the Dianthus sp., hardly grows to a height of 15 to 16 inches, but it can grow well in places where other plants cannot grow. It is their thick growth that makes a thick evergreen mat which prevents the deer from coming into your lawn.
|Shrubs to Plant in Your Backyard|
|American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)||Forsythia|
|Cushion spurge (Euphorbia polychroma)||Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra sp.)|
|Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)||Green Ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)|
|Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)||Bicolor Barrenwort|
|Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)||Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)|
|Heather (Calluna species)||White Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus)|
|Monkshood (Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii')||Ornamental Chives (Allium sp.)|
|Silver Mound (Artemisia schmidtiana)||Butterfly Bush (Buddleia Davidii)|
|Boxwood (Buxus sp.)||Butterfly Weed (Asclepias)|
|Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora)||Vernal Witch Hazel (Hamamelis vernalis)|
|Regal Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium regelianum)||Geranium|
These were the various deer-resistant shrubs that you can grow in your lawn in order to keep the deer away from your precious plants. You can also try out some homemade deer repellents for that matter. But if you wish to go the natural way in keeping deer away, you can choose deer resistant flowers or one of these deer resistant plants.