Oh Those Deer Days of Summer
Planting the UNdelicious

Oh deer oh deer you’re not welcome here! Though everything you see is pretty as can be, its neither delicious nor nutritious, so move along and let our plants be.

While for some, August signifies the dog days of summer, for those who live near forests and natural open spaces, August can mean an unwelcome influx of deer venturing into our yards in search of food and water. If hungry enough, they’ll eat pretty much anything, so no plant is 100% “deer proof”, but there are many many evergreen, floriferous and beauteous plants that will have them cruising right past your place and over to the neighbors.

Here's some of our faves, but you can check out our complete list of DEER RESISTANT plants online. Feel free to share this list with them too! If something isn’t available right now, add it to your Annie’s Wish List.

‘Peachy Keen’

NEW! Introducing 'Peachie Keen' – with its oodles of charming peach-colored flowers, heavenly fragrant foliage, drought tolerance, and bee and hummer magnetism, this petite perennial is a real showstopper. Compact at 18-24” high, plants explode in summer with 1/2” tubular flowers and blooming continues well into fall. Very drought tolerant once established.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-11

'Compact White'

NEW! This pure white selection in the Flower Power (TM) series is a compact variety that puts on an African Daisy show all summer. This shorter (18”x18”) variety is perfect for a showy, sun-loving ground cover and drought tolerant enough to use in a dry garden bed. Also great as a spiller in a mixed container planting or an ideal choice for a white Moon Garden. Plant in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Deadheading prolongs blooming.

Perennial USDA Zones 9b-11

'Zion Copper Amethyst'

A stunning “African Daisy” with 2” wide, tricolor blooms that practically glow! Color can shift seasonally, starting out bronze-hued in spring and transitioning to primarily purple as the season progresses. Great in containers (5+ gal.) and for cut flowers. Can be grown as an annual in cold winter areas where it quickly forms a lush 1’x1’ mound of foliage smothered in flowers from spring thru fall! Perennial in warm winter areas and surprisingly drought tolerant. Deadhead regularly for best show. May go deciduous in winter.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-10

'3D Double Purple'

This showy “African Daisy” offers double the appeal, each bloom adding a raised center rosette of smaller quilled petals to the outer ring of oblong two-tone maroon petals. The darker-toned vertical quills hold nectar popular with bees and butterflies. Unlike regular “African Daisies”, the 3” flowers remain open 24 hours a day! Flowers arrive in late winter and bloom continuously until the hot weather arrives. Grows 12-20” tall and works great as a high ground cover, spreading over time. Drought tolerant once established. Grown as an annual in climates that get a freeze.

Perennial USDA Zones 10-11

Salvia bullulata
'Pale Form'

The first time we’ve seen TURQUOISE blooms on a Salvia! This unusual salvia from northern Peru astounds with copious 1.25” white-tipped turquoise sky-blue flowers well displayed on upright and arching long wands. Bloomed late spring thru December here. Has a pleasingly bushy 2-3’x3’ habit and handsome quilted 2” deep green leaves. Rich, well-drained soil. Hummers! Protect from hard frosts.

Perennial USDA Zones 9b-11

Salvia horminum

The author of 'Annuals for Connoisseurs' calls Salvia horminium one of the most garden-worthy plants of the sage family. This annual Salvia is vigorous, quick growing, nicely branching, and tops out at about 2' tall and 1' wide. Vivid 1" dark blue bracts grouped in threes are clearly veined and these "flowers" last all summer. They make great cut flowers fresh and especially dried as they hold their vivid color. Reseeds!

Annual All USDA Zones

Anthemis sancti-johannis
"St. John's Chamomile"

Masses of striking, sunniest orange marguerite daisies rise above bushy, ferny fragrant foliage to 2' tall. Unusual and hard to find, it tolerates dry soil very well and blooms throughout summer. Makes a lovely cut flower and dried blossoms are a fragrant addition to potpourri. To 18" wide, shear it back and give it a side-dressing of compost whenever it needs refreshing. Tolerates temps down to -40 degrees F and self-sows politely.

Perennial USDA Zones 4-10

Lantana camara
'Bandana Pink'

This colorful addition to the Bandana series features flowers that open a honey yellow, and then mature to a rose pink. Each 3-4” wide bloom cluster has up to twenty 1/4” flowers much sought after by bees and butterflies. Lantanas love the heat so it performs best in a sunny warm spot. Given a little regular water, plants will bloom well into the fall. They add pizzazz to any bed but are compact enough for containers, even hanging baskets. Very drought tolerant once established.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

'Scent First Coconut Surprise'

Smells of delicious coconuts and delivers masses of double white, frilly-edged 2” blooms with distinct, blood-red centers all spring and summer. Flowers float on short 3” stems above a dense, weed-suppressing, 5” x 12” bluish foliage mat. Deadhead or cut them for bedside aromatherapy. Dianthus need excellent drainage or grow in a container. Cut back to 3” in fall to keep it tidy for next year.

Perennial USDA Zones 5-10

'Pinball Wizard'

Très romantique! Like vintage-style carnations but much easier to grow and much more vigorous with upright, less floppy stems! Super double (2-3”) light pink clove-scented blooms are heavily striped and flecked in bright cherry-pink – long lasting and delightful for cut flowers. Blooms mid-Spring until fall if you snip back spent stems. Handsome blue-green foliage forms a dense, weed-suppressing mat.

Perennial USDA Zones 5-9a

Verbena bonariensis

A DWARF version of the much-loved, Verbena bonariensis that you can use in the front of your beds, mid-bed, or in containers. Sports a nice bushy, rounded form, 2’ x 3’, with an incredibly long bloom season, spring to December. One of the best butterfly plants we know and also popular with hummers and bees. EASY, low maintenance and pest free, it’s drought tolerant, too, but lovelier with some summer water and an annual side dress of compost. Cut back to 6” in Winter.

Perennial USDA Zones 6-11

Lychnis coronaria
"Rose Campion"

So EASY to grow, even those too busy to care for a garden will succeed with this wonderful, hardy, old-timey favorite. Tolerates full hot sun to dry shade, poor soil, even clay. Soft, furry, foliage and silvery upright branchy stems are a perfect foil for its dazzling, rich fuschia 1.5" blooms. Grows 30" x 30" and blooms spring thru summer. Cut back to 3" tall in fall. Attracts butterflies. Self- sows! Great in containers.

Perennial USDA Zones 3-9

'Blue Horizon'

The most massive bloomer of any Passion Vine we’ve grown and deliciously fragrant with a heady, ethereal perfume. A magnet for the Gulf Fritillary butterfly. Blooming from April to October here, with 3.5” psychedelically marked filaments sporting rings of blue, white and purple followed by edible orange fruit. Evergreen, vigorous and fast, it can cover an ugly fence in a jiffy, reaching 10’ in year one and up to 20’ thereafter, but can be easily cut back to minimize size.

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

Passiflora actinia
"Sea Anemone Passion Flower"

Fragrant eye-popping psychedelic flowers 3” across appear spring to fall in USDA zones 9b to 11 and throughout spring in zone 9a. Flowers will appear in year one followed by fragrant and edible golden 2.5-3” fruit. Fast-growing to 30’ (cover a fence!) and generously blooming with unusual 2” oval evergreen foliage, this is one of the best Passion Vines for growing with little sun. Can be pruned to size anytime. Host for Gulf Fritillary butterflies who lay their eggs on the leaves

Perennial USDA Zones 9-11

This Weekend In the Nursery

Here’s your chance to learn about Agaves and how to best incorporate them into your landscape from one of the country’s preeminent experts, Brian Kemble, Curator at the Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery. Brian has been curator at The Garden for over 40 years and is highly regarded in the horticultural world and is a prolific writer and lecturer on botanical topics, especially relating to succulent plants. Brian's work for The Garden has included hybridizing aloes, agaves, gasterias and some South American cacti.

This in-person talk is FREE!
Sunday, August 7 at 11am PST
Annie's Annuals & Perennials Nursery
740 Market Ave., Richmond CA

Ike’s Grill is back this Saturday, 8/6 serving up their big and juicy burgers!
Bring the fam, bring your BFFS, and plan to grab lunch while you’re here.

More Upcoming Talks & Food Pop-Ups

Ike’s Grill- Burgers & Fries Sat, August 6 11 am - 5 pm

Brian Kemble – Curator, Ruth Bancroft Garden & Nursery “Using Agaves in Your Landscape”

Sun, August 7 11 am
Planting for the Birds with The Curious Plantsman - Earl Nickel Sat, August 20 11 am
Two Chicks in the Mix - Delish gourmet cakes & baked goods Sat, August 20 11 am - 2 pm
Douglass Kent - Firescaping Sat, August 20 11 am - 12 pm
Elizabeth Vecchiarelli of Preserved - Fermenting Veggies, Krauts & More Sun, September 4 11 am - 12 pm
Vegan Vibes Mexican Food Sun, September 4 11 am - 4 pm
Labor Day – NURSERY OPEN Mon, September 5 9 am - 5 pm
Fall Pruning with Certified Arborist - Ellyn Shea Sat, September 10 11 am - 12 pm
Gardening in the SF Bay Area - What to Plant When with Golden Gate Gardening Book Author Pam Peirce Sat, September 24 11 am - 12 pm


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