With their natural habitats shrinking, deer are becoming a way of life in many residential neighborhoods across the country. One of the best ways to mitigate the damage these herbivores do to herbaceous (and evergreen) plants is to select ones that are not on their preferred menu. Fortunately there are plenty from which to choose.
Here are 18 totally beautiful shrubs on which deer are more unlikely to dine; your experience, of course, may differ. It should always be noted that especially in winter, when pickings are scarce, a hungry deer will eat even the most unlikely plants. We’ve divided these into zones for easy reference, but check out all of the plants below to see the widest number of choices. For even more nibble-me-not choices, please consult with a local garden center (find yours here).
Cistus is an unsung hero of dry, sunny gardens. Compact, sun and heat-loving, with showy rose-purple blooms with maroon spots. Full sun. Up to 4′ tall, 6′ wide.
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If you need specific advice for a tricky spot, please leave a comment below. For even more choices, please consult with your local garden center (find one here).