Deer-resistant plants

Several species of deer may visit gardens and can cause severe damage to a wide range of plants. Although most plants can be attacked this page provides a list of garden plants that are relatively resistant to deer.

Buddleja is deer resistant.

Quick facts

Five usually deer resistant plants for:
Shade Hellebores
Full sun Kniphofia
Fruit Gooseberry
Shrub Choisya ternata
Climber Honeysuckle

Introduction

Deer tend to be inquisitive feeders and are often attracted to new plantings, so some protective netting is advisable until the plants are established.

Practical considerations

Where feasible deer-proof fencing can be put around a garden to exclude deer.

Suitable plants

Some plants to try where deer are problematic include;

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  • anonymous avatar

    By anonymous on 17/04/2015

    I came home after being away for Easter, anxious to see if all the buds on my new magnolia had flowered. I was devastated to see that deer had eaten every single bud. The garden is fenced and the gate was closed but I saw a muntjac jump onto the compost heap and leap the fence.


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