Deer Resistant Plants

Deer are a part of life in Central Oregon, and as much as we love them, they can sure wreak havoc on our gardens! While no plant is deer PROOF, there are many plants that deer prefer LESS than others. However, no matter what you plant, or how much deer spray you use, you will need to come to terms with these furry, hungry neighbors. There will always be some deer damage if you have them in your neighborhood, but we will try to help you keep it to an acceptable level! The photo above, (taken by Robert Muckley/Getty) makes me laugh! It needs a good caption, like "caught in the act" or "got-cha!"

 

GROUND COVERS:
Lithodora
Creeping phlox
Kinnikinnick
Snow-in-summer
Kennilworth ivy
Sweet woodruff
St. John’s Wort
Forget-me-not
Periwinkle
Ajuga
Periwinkle
Lamium
Allysum basket of gold


SHRUBS:
Flowering quince
Barberry
Smoke bush
Forsythia
Mugo Pine
Viburnum
Manzanita
Snowberry
Rhus - Sumac
Juniper
Spirea
Potentilla
Genista (Broom)


PERENNIALS:
Catmint
Yarrow
Rockcress
Thrift
Astilbe
Aubrietia
Wallflower
Hellebores
Coreopsis
Fleabane
Blanket flower
Sunrose
Monarda
Beard tongue
Lungwort
Black-eyed Susan
Saxifraga
Columbine
Jupiter's Beard
Centaurea
Crocus
Purple cone flower
Hardy geraniums
Candytuft
German statice
Gloriosa Daisy
Speedwell
Caryopteris


ANNUALS:
Agertum
Tuberous begonia
Marguerite daisy
Bacopa
Impatiens
Strawflower
Ice plant
Four O’clock
Bells of Ireland
Forget-me-not
Shirley poppy
Castor bean
Zinnia
Calendula
Celosia
Clarkia
California poppy
Gazania
Geranium
Gerbera Daisy
Sunflower
Lobelia
Monkey flower
Nierembergia
Nasturtium
Snapdragon


Additional Information

Deschutes County OSU Extension Service has many great resources to help Central Oregon gardeners find success in their efforts. Here is a link to their publication, ' Deer-Resistant Plants for Central Oregon'.