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27 Deer Resistant Plants for the Cottage Garden

Does deer damage keep you from growing a gorgeous cottage garden? Here are 27 deer-resistant plants to grow this spring.

If you live in deer country like me, I feel your pain.

It is so hard to garden around them, isn’t it?

Between expensive fencing, repellents, and gadgets, what is a gardener to do?

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Planting Smart in the Cottage Garden

There are lots of strategies gardeners can employ to protect their gardens from deer damage.

One of the best ways to avoid deer damage is to grow plants they prefer not to eat.

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Deer typically stay away from prickly, heavily scented flowers, trees, and shrubs.

And Rutgers Cooperative Extension created a list of plants that are rated by deer resistance.

Garden shed in my jersey garden

This list has been my bible for my cottage garden.

Here are some of my favorites to grow.

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27 Deer Resistant Plants for the Cottage Garden

These plants are listed in no particular order but are on the rarely damaged list of perennials, bulbs, and annuals listed by Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

alliums and roses on the happy gardening tour

While this is not an exhaustive list, I have planted most of these in my own cottage garden for constant blooms throughout the growing season.

  1. catmint
  2. agastache
  3. alliums
  4. forget-me-nots
  5. daffodils
  6. bleeding hearts
  7. salvia
  8. lavender
  9. iris
  10. lamb’s ear
  11. peony
  12. russian sage
  13. globe thistle
  14. statice
  15. silvermound
  16. oregano
  17. false indigo
  18. ligularia
  19. hellebores
  20. marigold
  21. strawflower
  22. flowering tobacco
  23. larkspur
  24. snapdragon
  25. spider flower
  26. poppy
  27. rosemary
early summer Jersey garden tour

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double flowering daffodils
Double flowering daffodils that I planted in fall.

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9 Comments

    1. Thank you! It’s so much easier to deal with them when you plant stuff they don’t like! I still love my hostas but the less spraying I need to do the better! xo

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