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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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.
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.
This list has been my bible for my cottage garden.
Here are some of my favorites to grow.
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.
While this is not an exhaustive list, I have planted most of these in my own garden for constant blooms throughout the growing season.
- bleeding hearts
- lamb’s ear
- russian sage
- globe thistle
- false indigo
- flowering tobacco
- spider flower
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