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.

Buddleja is deer resistant.

Quick facts

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


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

Plants to try where deer are problematic include:

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