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Avoid Bambi Blues -- Smart Plant Selection  

Eliminate the "Bambie Blues" with Smart Plant Selection. Deer Population has reached an all time-modern day high! These attractive creatures are invading suburban areas at alarming rates and can destroy a garden in an instant.

The first thing to understand is an undernourished deer will eat almost anything! However, in most cases they will only dine on the really tasty stuff!

Unfortunately, this means many flowers producing vibrant color are susceptible to becoming "Deer Food". In spite of this, intelligent landscape design combined with a "deer deterrent "program can eliminate the "Bambie Blues".

Many gardeners believe that you should avoid using "Deer Food" plants all together.  We believe it's a wise strategy to limit the amount of space given to plants preferred by deer.  However, don't eliminate your favorite varieties because of deer.  Select plants that deer avoid and mix in your favorites while employing some basic deer deterrent techniques.  Quite frankly, a garden without color is color is like a day without sun!

Garden.com has an extensive selection of Deer Repellents.

Below is a list of Plants, Flowers, and Vegetables that deer love to eat (Deer Candy) as well a list of plants to avoid!

Deer Repellent

Flowers Plants & Trees
That Deer Love Eat

Flower Plants & Trees
That Deer Avoid

Azaleas - Rhododendron (all) Adam's Needle - Yucca filamentosa
Aborvitae - Thuja species Allegheny Spurge - Pachysandra Pachysandra
Apple trees - Malus species Aster - Aster (all)
Eastern White Pine - Pinus strobus Beautyberry - Callicarpa (all)
False cedars - Chamacecyparis (all) Beebalm - Monarda didyma
Fir - Abies (all) Bethlehem Sage - Pulmonaria saccharata
Clematis - Clematis any species Blanket Flower - Gaillardia grandiflora
Cornelian dogwood (yellow flowered dogwood) - Bleeding Heart - Dicentra spectabilis
Crab apple - Malus (all) Blue Oat Grass - Helictotrichon sempervirens
Eastern redbud - Cercis Canadensis Bluebeard - Caryopteris clandonensis
English ivy - Hedera helix Boltonia - Boltonia asteroides
Euonymus (all varieties) - Euonymus (all) Bugleweed - Ajuga reptans
European mountain ash - Sorbus aucuparia Butterfly weed - Asclepias (all)
Fruit bearing peach, pear & plum trees (decor fine) Catmint - Nepeta (all)
Hybrid tea roses - Rosa odorata, any hybrids Christmas Fern - Polystichum acrostichoides
Korean lilac - Syringa patula Cinnamon Fern - Osmunda cinnamomea
Mugo pine - Pinus mugo Colorado Spruce - Picea pungens Hoopsii
Norway maple - Acer platanoides Columbine - Aquilegia (all)
Rhododendron - Rhododendron (all) Coral Bells - Heuchera (all)
Umbrella pine - Pinus pinea Coralbark Maple - Acer palmatum Sango-kaku
Vinca - Vinca minor Daffodil - Narcissus (all)
Vine maple - Acer circinatum Dog-hobble - Leucothoe (all)
Yew - Taxis (all) English Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia
European Beech - Fagus sylvatica
European Wild Ginger - Asarum europaeum
False Spirea - Astilbe arendsii
Anemone - Anemone Fountain Grass - Pennisetum alopecuroides
Beans - Phaseolus (all) Fringed Bleeding Heart - Dicentra eximea
Blackberry - Rubus (all) Gayfeather - Liatris spicata
Broccoli - Brassica (all) Goldenchain Tree - Laburnum watereri
Cauliflower - Brassica (all) Goldenrod - Solidago (all)
Daylilies - Hemerocallis (all) Great Solomon's Seal - Polygonatum (all)
Geum - Geum (all) Hakone Grass - Hakonechloa macra
Hosta - Hosta (all) Hollywood Juniper - Juniperus chinensis Torolosa
Lettuce - Lactuca (all) Japanese Barberry - Berberis thunbergii Crimson Pygmy
Peas - Pisum satirum Japanese Blood Grass - Imperata cylindrica Red Baron
Raspberry - Rubus (all) Japanese Garden Juniper - Juniperus procumbins
Strawberry - Fragaria (all) Japanese Maple - Acer palmatum Versicolor
Sweet corn - Zea mays Japanese Pachysandra - Pachysandra terminalis
Trillium - Trillum (all) Japanese Silver Grass - Miscanthus sinensis
Tulip - Tulipa (all) Japanese Snowbell - Styrax japonicus
Violets - Viola Japanese Stewartia - Stewartia pseudocamellia
Katsura - Cercidiphyllum japonicum
Lamb's Ears - Stachys byzantina
Leatherleaf viburnum - Viburnum rhytidophyllum
Lily-of-the-Valley - Convallaria majalis
Lilyturf - Liriope spicata
Moonglow Juniper - Juniperus scopulorum Moonglow
Mountain Laurel - Kalmia latifolia
Mountain Pieris - Pieris floribunda
Oriental Fountain Grass - Pennisetum orientale
Ostrich Fern - Matteuccia struthiopteris
Paperbark Cherry - Prunus serrula
Paperbark Maple - Acer griseum
Perennial Sage - Salvia nemorosa
Pieris - Pieris (all) Brower's Beauty
Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea
Ravenna Grass - Erianthus ravennae
Red-Hot-Poker - Kniphofia uvaria
Ribbon Grass - Phalaris arundinaceae
Russian Sage - Perovskia atriplicifolia
Sea Oats - Chasmanthium latifolium
Sedge - Carex (all)
Shasta Daisy - Chrysanthemum superbum
Shrubby Cinquefoil - Potentilla fruticosa
Siberian Bugloss - Brunnera macrophylla
Snakebark Maple - Acer capillipes
Spiraea - Spiraea bumalda
Spruce - Picea pungens Globosa
Spurge - Euphorbia (all)
Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum Legacy
Thyme - Thymus (all)
True Forget-Me-Not - Myosotis scorpiodes
Wild Ginger - Asarum canadense
Yarrow - Achillea filipendulina


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