Deer Proof Plants 2020-03-04T04:20:52-07:00

Deer Proof Plants“Deer Proof Plants – Plants Deer Will Not Eat – Deer Resistant Shrubs”

Every year deer become a bigger challenge for suburban, city, and country home owners because it seems like everything you plant the deer eat it!  Planting plants deer will not eat can be challenging because every year can be different due to drought and available food sources for the deer. While rabbits will nibble on your plants and shrubs, deer can destroy any garden in minutes!  Many Deer Proof Plants and Deer Resistant Shrubs of the past are now being consumed by deer due to a lack of deer habitat hence the deer are more concentrated.

Plants Deer Will Not Eat are available, but the list is much smaller than in the past.  There are two parts to plants deer will not eatKeeping Deer out of Garden and that is exclusion and finding plants the deer don’t like.  Deer continue to adapt to their environment, i.e. eating your vegetable garden and your Deer Resistant Shrubs, so don’t expect if you find something they don’t eat this year that you will have the same luck next year.

The first part of the equation is exclusion.  Exclusion means creating a barrier between your garden and the deer.  For Mule Deer you need to install an 8′ fence and a 10′ fence for White-tail Deer.  If you use a fence with a smaller hole size such as 2″ x 3″ or 2″ x 4″ and the fence goes to the ground or below it will also keep out the rabbits.

We prefer a wire welded fence with 2″ x 4″ holes as the base fence to keep the deer out.  deer resistant shrubsOn the bottom we like to add a 2-3′ galvanized rabbit fence buried in the ground a foot. This type of fence has much smaller holes to keep out the baby bunnies.

List of Deer Proof Plants & Shrubs  – best said “Deer Resistant”

There is no such thing as “Deer Proof”!  If deer are hungry enough they will eat most anything including poisonous plants.

*NOTE – some of the plants below can be invasive to certain climates & environments. Proceed with caution with these noted plants.

Ageratum (Ageratum houstonianium) Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.) Maximillian Sunflower (Helianthus Maximilliani)
Alliums (Allium spp.) Daffodil (Narcissus sp.) Mint (Mentha sp.)
Aloe (Aloe sp.) Daffodils (Narcissus sp.) Mockernut Hickory (Carya tomentosa)
Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.) Dahlia (Dahlia sp.) Monkshood (Aconitum sp.)
American Holly (Ilex opaca) Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis) monkshood (Aconitum)
American Hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana) Daphne (Daphne sp.) Montbretia (Crocosmia hybrids)
Andromeda (Pieris japonica) Dead Nettle (Lamium maculatum) Morning Glory (Ipomoea purpurea)
Autumn crocus (Colchicum) Delphinium (Delphinium sp.) Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus)
Barberry (Berberis sp.) Dianthus (Dianthus sp.) Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Barrenwort (Epimedium sp.) Dill (Anethum graveolens) Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana)
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Dragon’s head (Dracocephalon sp.) Oregano (Origanum sp.)
Basket of Gold (Aurinia saxatilis) Drooping Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana) Oregon Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) Drooping Leucothoe (Leucothoe fontanesiana) Oregon grape (Mahonia)
Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis) Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria) Ornamental Onion (Allium schoenoprasum)
Bee balm (Monarda sp.) Edging Lobelia (Lobelia erinus) Ostrich Fern (Struthiopteris)
Beech (Fagus sp.) European Privet (Ligustrum vulgare) * Pampas Grass (Cortaderia selloana)
Birch (Betula sp.) Evening Primrose (Oenothera sp.) Paper Birch (Betula papyrifera)
Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) Feather Reed Grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’) Parsley (Petroselinium crispum)
Blanketflower (Gaillardia sp.) Feverfew (Chrysanthemum parthenium) Pawpaw (Asimina triloba)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis) Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana alata) Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)
Blue Fescue (Festuca ovina var. glauca) Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia) Peony (Paeonia)
Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) Forget-me-not (Myosotis scorpioides) Pieris (Pieris)
Blue Flax (Linum perenne) Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) Pignut Hickory (Carya glabra)
Blue Salvia (Salvia farinacea) Four-O’Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis) Foxglove (Digitalis sp.) Pines (Pinus sp.)
Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora) Garden Phlox (Phlox paniculata) Pitch Pine (Pinus rigida)
Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii) Poplar (Populus sp.) *
Bugbane (Cimicifuga racemosa) Ginger (Asarum sp.) Potentilla (Potentilla)
Bugleweed (Ajuga sp.) Hellebore (Helleborus sp.) Santolina (Santolina)
butterfly bush (Buddleja) Holly Fern (Cyrtomium falcatum) Scented Geraniums (Pelargonium sp.)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) Hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis) Sedge (Carex alata)
Canna (Canna hybrids) Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) Shadbush (Amelanchier canadensis)
Carpet Bugle (Ajuga reptans) Icelandic Poppy (Papaver nudicaule) Siberian carpet cypress (Microbiota decussata)
Cast-iron Plant (Aspidistra lurida) Iris (Iris sp.) Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Catalpa (Catalpa sp.) Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum) Spearmint (Mentha spicata)
Catmints (Nepeta sp.) Japanese False Cypress (Chamaecyparis pisifera) Spiderwort (Tradescantia sp.)
Century Plant (Agave americana) Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) Spruce (Picea sp.)
Chinese Paper Birch (Betula albo-sinensis) Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) Spurge (Euphorbia sp.)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Japanese Spurge (Pachysandra sp.) Statice (Limonium latifolium)
Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) Jerusalem Cherry (Solanum pseudocapsicum) Sumac (Rhus)
Cinquefoil (Potentilla sp.) Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium purpureum) Sundrops (Oenothera tetragona)
Cleome (Cleome serrulata) Juniper (Juniperus chinensis) Sweet Christmas Box (Sarcococca hookerana)
Clustered bellflower (Campanula glomerata) Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina) Sweet Fern (Comptonia peregrine)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens glauca) Lantana (Lantana camara) Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) Larkspur (Consolida ambigua) Swiss Stone Pine (Pinus cemba)
Common Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) Lavender (Lavandula sp.) Switch grass (Panicum virgatum)
Common Boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) Lavender Cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) Thyme (Thymus sp.)
Common Thrift (Armeria maritima) Lily-of-the-Valley (Convallaria majalis) Tuberous Begonia (Begonia tuberhybrida)
Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Lilyturf (Liriope sp.) Veronica (Veronica sp.)
Cosmos (Cosmos hybrids) Littleleaf Boxwood (Buxus microphylla) Viburnum (Viburnum)
Creeping baby’s breath (Gypsophila repens) Lobelia, except L. cardinalis (Lobelia sp.) Vinca (Vinca minor)
Creeping Oregon Grape Holly (Mahonia repens) Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Creeping Phlox (Phlox subulata) Lungwort (Pulmonaria sp.) Wood Fern (Dryopteris marginalis)
Crown Imperial (Fritillaria imperialis) Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis) Wormwood (Artemisia sp.)


No matter what kind of organic gardening problem you have we can help. Feel free to “Contact The Bird Man” for some advanced ways of Keeping Deer Out of Garden including an updated list of Deer Proof Plants!

Customer Comments:

“We have Mule Deer here in the West and they really don’t like most of our vegetables, but they do like to just come in the garden and tike a bite out of everything.  Keeping deer out of garden was a challenge until The Bird Man helped us find deer resistant shrubs and deer proof plants.  We now have a better process for planting plants deer will not eat.  Thanks Bird Man!”

Larry – Littleton, CO

 “For more than a dozen years we have had problems with deer and rabbits eating our vegetable garden.  Finding deer proof plants has always been a challenge. The Bird Man built a fence for our garden and recommended a number of deer resistant shrubs and plants deer will not eat.”

Dale & Susan – Elbert, CO

 “Almost every evening those darn White-tailed Deer would come in our yard and eat everything. All of the deer proof plants that we were told worked were a waste of money until we hired The Bird Man. I have no idea how he has so much knowledge about plants deer will not eat & deer resistant shrubs, but we now have the best garden we have ever had!”

James – Hartland, MI