Category Archives: deer resistant gardening

(Hopefully) Deer Resistant Flower Containers

As you may have already guessed from the many pictures of deer in previous posts, my new house is in the middle of deer country.
So… knowing how deer treat flower gardens as their own personal buffet, I’ve been researching plants that are supposed to be “Deer Resistant” for my new perennial bed in the front yard.
So far they’ve  sampled only a few plants on the list (a Centaurea montana and the Cardinal vine –
Ipomoea), but have left them alone since.
Anyway, I also love my flower pots and usually line my porch steps and any other convenient place that begs for a spot of color. So I decided, after the deer ate my ivy gerainum off the porch last summer, to apply the Deer Resistant gardening to my flower pots as well.
Here’s what I’ve come up with:

Alyssum, dwarf snapdragon, sweet william, and corkscrew grass (Juncus) in a 20″ ceramic bowl. (oh, in case you’re wondering, I don’t use chemical fertilizers- I mix my own soil of peat, compost and a bit of organic dry fertilizer. The plants love it!). The Juncus isn’t on the resistant plant list but I thought it looked cool and I’m depending on the “undesirable” plant to protect it (fingers crossed!)

 

Purple fountain grass, silver falls dichondra, and a little bit of blue lobelia, barely poking out.
 

 

A perennial and annual ‘Mailbox’ garden- Osteospermum, Alyssum, Yarrow, Dusty Miller, Purple Fountain grass, dwarf snap dragons, and a Shasta daisy  (daisy is hard to see from this angle).
 and a box full of Dianthus- or biannual sweet william. The little green pot next to it is Peppermint.

 

This is Mama Deer. She shows up around dinner time, everyday.
She has a fawn hidden close by in the woods.
So far she’s leaving my pots alone…

 

Here’s my source.
It has lots of good information about deer behavior and other pests and how to detour them.
But the best part is in the back with an extensive list of plants that resist deer, listing their toxicity if any, their care and a very brief description of ways to propagate your own
 (notice is didn’t say “deer proof”- no plant is deer proof as they will nibble on anything at least once).
You can find this at Amazon.com in the Kindle version  but the pictures of plants are in black and white. The paperback version is nicer and has full color picture of the plants.

 

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Inherited Salvia

I’m not very fond of perennial Saliva, but I must say, it does look nice in full bloom and in a mass planting.
This came up in one of the two flower beds in my new yard. I assume this was the only thing the previous owners found that the deer wouldn’t eat.

 

Haircut Victim Recovering

 

Over the winter the deer decided they liked my variegated pink and green sedum I had growing in a little clay pot on my front porch. They ate it completely level with the dirt and were rolling it around trying to finish it off.
I stashed it away, between some bigger pots of dormant hostas by my back door to save it.
Well it lived, and thanks to it’s haircut, it’s growing quite vigorously.

Come Sit With Me by the Fire and I’ll Tell You a Story….

Lots of changes happening at Lil’s Garden these last two months. We’ve moved to a new house, in a new town and adjusting to a new job while wrapping up the old life and filling Christmas orders at the same time. Very exhausting I’ll tell you, but we are adapting.
These changes have been in the planning for a long time and we’ve finally been able to realize them. We are very happy with our new place and I’m thrilled with my new, much bigger yard! And best of all, it’s a blank slate! I get to re-landscape EVERYTHING! I can’t wait till spring! I’ll be spending the winter scouring all my gardening and landscaping books for the perfect design ideas ( of course I have a few ideas already rolling around in my head).
There’s also room for a bigger greenhouse, yay!
The only drawback I see is that we are surrounded by woods loaded with wildlife~ including deer.
I now get to test all those deer resistant plants and anti deer theories in my new designs and hopefully, with the help of my two Labradors (who by the way have never seen a deer their entire sheltered lives!) I can keep the critter damage to a minimum. Wish me luck!