Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Pocono Mountain Deer Resistant Flowers

Deer resistant flowers are a matter of opinion.  The deer's opinion. To a deer, what might not look tasty today ... might look yummy tomorrow. Anyway, let me show you some flowers from my Pocono Mountain garden  over the years that the deer usually leave alone.
For me, Marigolds are deer-proof. They are a staple for me. From year to year, not a nibble. More than likely it's their pungent scent. Even mosquitoes don't like them!
Violas, sometimes called Johnny-Jump-Ups are another winner. Cute and cheerful. Volunteers show up every year, and I just plant more seeds in the area where the flowers have begun to dwindle.
One year I tried Lavender and found it worked very well. Unfortunately, It just didn't grow well in my garden. It was pretty though.
Snapdragons flourish for me.  Tall varieties are more popular, but I prefer dwarf plants.
 One year I had Shasta Daisies and Rose Campion blooming together. Pretty combination. The deer never touched them. 
Bleeding Hearts are another staple. I have lots of them. Just take divisions from a strong growing plant in early spring and plant them in other places. Voila! New plants. Bleeding Hearts are plants that keeps on giving.
Columbine is another good one. Occasionally, later toward the end of their blooming period, I would find nibbled-on leaves. 
Yarrow grows very well in my garden and spreads with each year.
Lambs Ear doesn't interest the deer at all. The fuzzy, soft pale green leaves are it's selling point, but I actually like the flower stalks more!
Daffodils ... of course. Pretty much every critter leaves them alone.
Alyssum is another deer-resistant plant. I have never seen deer touch it. I've also had great luck with Catmint, Salvia, Monarda, and Ajuga.

It's all trial and error. Try this ... try that and see what happens.
Oh, one other thing ... I have found that some plants that deer will leave alone ...
                                       Groundhogs absolutely ... love!


  1. Do you have problems with rabbits at your place? I know some folks in PA who have a terrible time growing things that the rabbits won't eat. If it's not the deer and the groundhogs... :)

    1. Kathy,
      I really don't have problems with rabbits where I am. Funny that you mention it though ... a few years ago a neighbor's cat came into our yard carrying something in his mouth. Something else must have caught the cat's attention cause he dropped it and ran off. What he dropped was a baby bunny. Hubby scooped it up in his hand. It was really small. I called a local wildife rehabilitation office and explained the situation. The nice lady on the phone told me as long as the baby rabbit wasn't injured, the eyes were open, and the ears up - It was old enough to fend for itself. As she suggested, we took the baby rabbit to a large treed, and grassy open area which would supply food and protection for the young rabbit. I can only hope and assume that the little bunny did just fine!

  2. interesting post, Janie. Luckily there seem to be lot of flowers deers don't eat. Those Johnny Jump Ups are beautiful and they are edible for us humans. Great in salads. Lavender grows really well in my garden, as does Rose Campion. The rest stay on a wish list. Never seen a picture of groundhog before.

    1. Sue, you have never seen a picture of a groundhog? They also are called Whistle Pigs and woodchucks. They look kind of like Prarie Dogs, but larger. I was watching one yesterday afternoon trying to figure out how to get into a fenced in garden. The fence is 5 feet high. Their young are born in the Spring and they spend their summers EATING. They have to put on quite a bit of weight for their Winter hibernation. They are fun to watch!

    2. I didn't even know they were actual animals - I wonder why it's called groundhog day?