The BUCK Stops Here!
Outsmart Hungry Deer with Deer Resistant Plants!

If you have deer problems, then you already know they will try almost ANYTHING. There's a lot of taste testing (and plant trampling) going on when they're determining whether something is browse-worthy. But take heart, deer gardeners – our list of plants that deer find disagreeable is long and varied! Shade or sun, hot or cold climate, average or low water, there are almost 300 varieties to choose from that are available RIGHT NOW!

Since so many of our plants are rare and/or new to cultivation and may have never even MET deer before, here are some solid guidelines that can help you figure out if a plant is prime snacking material:


It is not – I repeat, NOT fun to try to eat something sticky or pokey. Thorny plants or those with a sticky or milky sap, gummy residue or any kind of prickle are less appetizing to deer. Fuzzy plants also fall under this category - the more pettable, the better! These are the tools plants have developed to avoid predation but if deer are super hungry they may go for it anyway. The idea is to offer a collection of plants that are a last resort rather than a first course!


If a plant has strongly scented foliage, there's a good chance deer will pass on browsing it. A common example of this would be Rosemary. Rosemary is often the last plant standing when deer are very hungry. There are plenty more interesting plants with the funk factor necessary to keep deer at bay – including many Salvias, most Plectranthus, Nepeta and Agastache. Special bonus, most of these plants smell rather pleasant to humans!

Toxic factor

If YOU can't eat it, there's a good chance deer can’t either. You wouldn’t dream of eating Datura, Euphorbia, Asclepias, Digitalis or just about anything in the Poppy, Lily or Iris families, (excluding garlic, chives and onions). Many plants in the Pea family are also toxic. If you have dogs and cats with a poor sense of taste or you do not want to plant toxic things, don't worry – there are plenty of other options.

Aside from these handy guidelines, there are lots of other ways you can change your garden environment to disinvite marauding ruminants. Want to learn even more about how to deter deer, as well as see some of our tried and true recommended plants in action?

Mosey on over TO THE BLOG
where we have a fantastic new entry from our pal and curious plantsman Earl Nickel.

Our Fave Deer Deterring Beauties!

Achillea millefolium 'Salmon Beauty' Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’

Achillea millefolium 'Salmon Beauty'
Large 4" umbels in dreamsicle hues on a tidy plant 2' tall x 3' wide are a dreamy addition to the native or low water garden. So EASY and adaptable,
blooming late Spring thru Fall. Deer and drought resistant, but super appealing to bees and butterflies. Hardy USDA zone 3!

Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’
Unsurpassed for its delicious fragrance and continuous prolific bloom, dear ‘Charles' and all his Brugmansia brethren are excellently and reliably deer resistant. Easy and fast growing, reaching 10’ tall the first year, can easily be trimmed to size. Hardy to 20-25 degrees.

Plectranthus ecklonii Salvia 'Royal Bumble'

Plectranthus ecklonii
THIS is the plant everyone goes nuts over when it starts blooming in our parking lot every Fall! Truly glorious, it couldn't be easier to grow, is long-lived, clay and drought tolerant, not to mention all Plectranthus are aromatic and distasteful to deer! Hardy USDA zone 8!

Salvia 'Royal Bumble'
The most INTENSE scarlet blooms
we've seen on a Salvia, Annie brought this stunner back from England – the land of forests FILLED with deer! Never stops blooming here in coastal CA. Pollinator magnet, drought tolerant, hardy to USDA zone 7!

Euphorbia characias ‘Dwarf’ Solanum valerianum 'Navidad, Jalisco'

Euphorbia characias ‘Dwarf’
SUPER EASY, drought tolerant and not fussy about soil, Euphorbias are reliably deer and gopher resistant! This fantastic 'Dwarf' variety has massive 16" chartreuse flower heads on a smaller form, 2.5' tall x 3' wide. Perfect for sidewalk strips and neglected corners.

Solanum valerianum 'Navidad, Jalisco'
Massive wisteria-like clusters of cascading glittery purple blooms adorn this vining member of the Nightshade family. Easy, fast-growing and not fussy about soil or water, it blooms Spring to December for lots of garden thrills. Best against a fence or wall.

Agave parryi var. truncata
“Artichoke Agave” Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’

Agave parryi var. truncata
“Artichoke Agave”

Deer do not like eating pokey things, so you've got a whole world of Agaves to explore! Looking like a beautiful, blue artichoke, this low-growing fella pups readily to form a dense colony of showy rosettes
1-3’ tall x 2-4’ wide. WAY drought tolerant, hardy USDA zone 8!

Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’
SO useful and gorgeous in the garden and yet, hardly known! An East/West Coast hybrid, this easy going, cold hardy Ceanothus is tough and adaptable to clay AND poor soil. Blooms repeatedly Summer thru Fall with a nice, bushy habit. Butterflies love it, and deer thankfully, do not! Hardy USDA zone 6!

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