Deer Resistant Plants and Bulbs

Using deer resistant plants and bulbs can help prevent this scenario-

After spending a lot of time, effort and money planting bulbs in the fall, you dream of "tiptoeing through the Tulips" in the Spring. In late winter and early spring, however, deer are now starving and does are trying to rear their young.
They are in constant search of green plants. How convenient it is for them to just walk through the yard and eat to their heart’s content? How crushed you feel when you stand where your plants and bulbs were planted and they are completely gone!

A few tips and points to remember are that along with deer resistant plants, there are physical barriers such as deer fencing or deer netting, the various types of liquid fence products which are smell or taste repellents, barking dogs, or motion detection sprinklers. Using one or a combination of these products can also help where deer pressure is great.

Unfortunately, no plant is absolutely safe from destruction; using plants that are naturally less palatable to deer, however, can help keep deer damage to a minimum. There are some physical attributes that you can look for when you shop for deer resistant plants- look for sharp, prickly, or fuzzy foliage or stems. Plants that have a strong fragrance are not popular with deer. Spring bulbs are available for planting that deer do not particularly like.

The following are some of the recommended plants:

 

 

 

 

BULB   TYPE

COLOR

VARIETIES

DETAILS

 

 

Allium

Purples, whites, yellows

Many

Blooms late spring/summer, 2-60” in height, flowers are 1”-4” in diameter

Anemone

Pastel pink, red, blue, lavender and white

Poppy Anemone, Wood Anemone

Blooms early spring, 6-8” in height.

Camassia

Blues and whites

Camas,

Indian hyacinth, Wild hyacinth.

Blooms late spring, 12-50” in height.

Crocus

Purple, yellow, white and striped

Many

Blooms early spring, 4-6”, good naturalizer, can be planted in the lawn.

Fritillaria

checkered reddish-brown, purple, white and gray

Snakes head Lily

Blooms mid-late spring, 6-15” in height.

Galanthus

White w/green tips

Common Snowdrop

Blooms earliest, even before crocus, grows thru the snow, 6-12” in height

Hyacinth

Pinks, blues, purples, yellow, orange, white

Many

Blooms mid-spring, 6-12” in height

Iris

Blues, purples, yellow, and bicolor

Many

Blooms early spring, 24-36” in height.

Leucojum

White with green spots

Spring Snowflake

Blooms late spring, 6-14” in height.

Muscari

Blue, purple and white

Grape hyacinth

Blooms mid-spring, 12-24” in height.

Scilla

Blue and white

Siberian Squill

Blooms mid-late spring, 5-8” in height.

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