One of the most irritating challenges as a gardener is dealing with deer nibbling your favorite plants. If you have goats and they escape their fence, they too, will destroy so many plants.
They’re cute but so destructive! You wake up and find your blooms and leaves ravaged, leaving you to wonder what offense your plants committed!
Remember that hungry deer, will eat whatever is available; your best bet is to keep your garden fenced in, but when that isn’t a feasible option here are some great deer-resistant perennials.
This beautiful flowering plant thrives in shady spots and moist soil. It produces feathery flowers in pink, white, and red shades.
This stunning plant blooms with heart-shaped flowers in shades of pink and white in spring. It prefers moist soil and partial shade. Best zones to grow 3-9.
Various ferns thrive in the shade, such as lady, Japanese-painted, and ostrich ferns. These ferns are easy to grow and add texture and depth to your garden. Hardy in zones 3-8.
Coral bells are a great addition to your garden that have leaves in various shades of green, purple, and red, and they produce spikes of tiny flowers in shades of pink and white. They prefer moist soil and partial shade. Best zones 4-9.
Japanese Forest Grass
This ornamental grass has golden leaves that sway in the breeze, making it a beautiful addition to your shade garden. Best zones 5-9.
This late-blooming plant produces unique flowers in shades of pink, white, and purple with dark speckles, and it thrives in shade and moist soil. This is a great deer proof plant that makes a beautiful garden. Best zones 4-9.
This graceful deer resistant flower has elegant arching stems, small bell-shaped flowers, and textured green leaves. It prefers shady areas with moist soil. Best zones 3-9.
This whimsical plant produces balloon-like buds that open up into flowers in shades of white, pink, and blue. It prefers partial shade and well-drained soil. Zone 3-8.
This perennial plant has spotted foliage that adds interest to your garden, even when it’s not blooming. It produces pink, purple or blue flowers in early spring to mid-spring. Best zones 3-9.
These plants have beautiful bell-shaped flowers in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. They can grow in full sun and partial shade, and they thrive in moist soil. Best zones 3-9.
This evergreen perennial produces beautiful flowers in shades of white, pink, purple, and green, and it prefers partial shade and moist soil. Best zones 3-9.
Golden Shrimp Plant
This beautiful plant blooms with bright yellow and orange flowers, and its bright green foliage adds a pop of color to your shade garden. Best zones 9-11. It’s a fun house plant if you don’t like it in one of the zones.
This plant produces spikes of vibrant red flowers that attract hummingbirds, and it thrives in partial shade and well-drained soil. Best zones 8-11.
This plant has attractive foliage that spreads to form a carpet-like ground cover, and its unique flowers bloom in the spring. It prefers shade and moist soil. Best zones 3-8.
This groundcover plant produces dark green foliage and spikes of blue, purple, and pink flowers, and it thrives in shady areas with well-drained soil. Best zones 3-9.
This plant produces blue, purple, and pink flowers, and its bright green foliage adds interest to your garden. It prefers partial shade and well-drained soil. Best zones 4-11.
This stunning plant blooms with spires of flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white, and it prefers moist soil and partial shade. Best zones 4-9.
This plant has dark green foliage and produces spikes of white or pink flowers, and it thrives in partial shade and well-drained soil. Best zones 3-8.
This evergreen ground cover produces white or pink flowers in the spring, and it prefers shade and moist soil. Best zones 5-9.
This plant has heart-shaped leaves covered in silver spots, producing spikes of blue, pink, or white flowers. It prefers partial shade and moist soil. Best zones 3-8.
Lamium ( Dead Nettles)
This ground cover plant produces silver foliage and spikes of pink or purple flowers, and it thrives in partial shade and well-drained soil. Best zones 3-8.
This ground cover plant has heart-shaped leaves and produces small pink, red, or white flowers, and it prefers partial shade and moist soil. It’s one of the best deer-resistant perennials. Best zones 3-4.
Deer-Loving Perennial Plants
While we all love to fill our gardens with beautiful plants, it’s important to ensure that we do so with a good understanding of what deer love and what they don’t.
Some plants that deer tend to love are:
- Hosta: Yes, that’s right. Hosta may be a gardener’s delight, but it’s also a favorite of deer and goats!
- Daylily: These flowers tend to be deer favorites, too.
- Yew: While this evergreen shrub brings structure and interest to your garden, deer also find it quite tasty.
- Rhododendron: These beautiful shrubs are also a deer favorite and often fall prey to their voracious appetites.
- Tulips: These bright, colorful bulbs may be a gardener’s delight, but they’re like candy to deer.
- Daffodils: Similarly, these sunshine-yellow blooms also tend to be a deer favorite.
- Impatiens: While these are great for the summer garden, they’re also a favorite of deer.
So there you have it – 25 of the best deer-resistant shade perennials! There is no need to sacrifice the aesthetics of your garden to keep deer at bay.
By incorporating some of these plants into your landscape, you’ll be able to enjoy a stunning garden without having to fend off hungry animals.
Remember to choose the varieties that are suitable for your zone for optimal growth and beauty. Happy planting!