If you have deer in your area, you know they can be a major garden pest. Deer often find many of your garden plants as attract as you do, only they’re looking for a meal. Unfortunately there is no plant that is 100% deer proof, there are plants that deer like more than others. Our listed or recommended plants has three categories, good resistance (rarely eaten), medium resistance (occasionally eaten) and poor resistance (often eat or damaged).

Some shopping tips when search for plants that will resist deer are to select plants with leaves or stems that are fuzzy, prickly or sharp. Flowers that have a strong or smelly fragrance are also beneficial. This is no guarantee as deer can under pressure to find food and shift their eating behaviour, but in general these types of plants are less attractive to deer populations.

*Note: Using plants in this list does not guarantee against deer damage. Deer populations and deer taste preferences are variable, and if you have large herds, you will more than likely experience deer damage. This list can be more complete than our selection at the Garden Centre. Plants on this list is not guaranteed to be available at Heeman’s but are included for your benefit.

Annuals

Good Resistance

Ageratum Alyssum Cleome
Dusty Miller Lantana Nicotiana
Salvia Snapdragon Vinca
Profusion Zinnia

Medium Resistance

Alocasia (Elephant Ear) Anethum (Dill) Begonia
Caladium Celosia Cosmos
Cyclamen Dahlia Dianthus
 Gazania Gerbera Gladiolus
Helianthus (Sunflower) Lobelia Osteospermum
Pansy Perilla Pelargonium (Geranium)
Petunia Scaevola Tropaeolum (Nasturtium)
Viola Zinnia

Poor Resistance

Impatiens Tulips

Perennials

Good Resistance

Acanthus (Bear’s Breeches) Achillea (Yarrow) Aconitum (Monkshood)
Aegopodium (Bishop’s Weed) Agastache (Hyssop) Ajuga
Alchemilla (Lady’s Mantle) Anemone Aquilegia (Columbine)
Artemisia Aruncus (Goat’s Beard) Asarum (Ginger)
Asclepias (Butterfly Weed) Astible Athyrium (Painted Fern)
Baptisia (False Indigo) Bergenia Brunnera
Camassia (Quamash) Centaurea (Bachelor’s Button) Cerastium (Snow in Summer)
Ceratostigma (Plumbago) Chelone (Turtlehead) Cimicifuga (Bugbane)
Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) Coreopsis Corydalis
Crocosmia Cyrtomium (Holly Fern( Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Digitalis (Foxglove) Echinacea Epimedium
Eupatorium (Joe Pye Weed) Euphorbia Filipendula (Queen of the Prairie)
Geum Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath) Helenium (Helen’s Flower)
Helleborus (Lenten Rose) Heuchera (Coral Bells) Iberis (Candy Tuft)
Lamium Lavendula (Lavender) Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
Liatris (Gayfeather) Ligularia Linium (Flax)
Lupinus Lychnis (Rose Campion) Lythrum (Loosestrife)
Matteuccia (Ostrich Fern) Monarda (BeeBalm) Myosotis (Forget Me Not)
Nepeta Oenothera (Evening Primrose) Ornamental Grasses
Osmunda (Cinnamon Fern) Pachysandra Paeonia (Peony)
Papaver (Poppy) Perovskia (Russia Sage) Platycodon (Balloon Flower)
Polemonium (Jacob’s Ladder) Pulmonaria (Lungwort) Pyrethrum (Painted Daisy)
Salvia (Meadow Sage) Santolina (Lavender-Cotton) Scabiosa (Pin-cushion)
Scilla (Squill) Solidago (Goldenrod) Stachys (Lamb’s Ear)
Tanacetum (Tansy) Thymus (Thyme) Tiarella (Foamflower)
Verbascum (Mullein) Veronica (Speedwell) Vinca (Myrtle)

Medium Resistance

Armeria (Sea Thrift) Aster Bellis (English Daisy)
Campanula Chrysanthemum Clematis
Delphinium Dianthus Erigeron (Fleabane)
Eryngium (Sea Holly) Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) Galium (Sweet Woodruff)
Gaura Geranium (fuzzy or fragrant) Hedera (Ivy)
Hibiscus Hypericum (St. John’s Wort) Iris
Kniphofia (Red Hot Poker) Lilium Lobelia (Cardinal Flower)
Lychnis (Maltese Cross) Lysimachia Penstemon
Phlox (any) Physostegia (Obedient Plant) Primula (Primrose)
Saponaria (Soapwart) Sedum Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks)
Sidalcea (Checkermallow) Solidago (Goldenrod) Stokesia (Stoke’s Aster)
Thalictrum (Meadow Rue) Tiarella (Foam Flower) Tradescantia (Spiderwort)
Tricyrtis (Toad Lily) Trollius (Globe Flower)

Poor Resistance

Alcea (Hollyhock) Geranium (most non-scented) Fragaria (Strawberry)
Hemerocallis (Daylily) Hosta Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Trees & Shrubs

Good Resistance

Aronia (Chokeberry) Berberis (Barberry) Betula (Birch)
Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) Buxus (Boxwood) Calluna (Heather)
Caryopteris (Blue Mist) Chamaecyparis (Cypress) Clethra
Cornus (Dogwood) Cratageus (Hawthorn) Daphne
Erica (Heath) Fagus (Beech) Forsythia
Ginkgo Gleditsia (Honey Locust) Ilex glabra (Ink berry)
Itea (Sweetspire) Juniper Kalmia (Mt. Laurel)
Kolkwitzia (Beautybush) Leucothoe Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Magnolia (Saucer, Star) Microbiota (Siberian Cypress) Myrica (Bayberry)
Picea (Spruce) Pieris Pinus (Pine, not White Pine)
Spiraea Syringa (Lilac) Viburnum
Wisteria Yucca

Medium Resistance

Abies (Concolour Fir) Acer (Maple) Aesculus (Buckeye)
Amelanchier (Serviceberry) Campsis (Trumpet Vine) Cotinus (Smokebush)
Cotoneaster Hamamelis (Witch-hazel) Hibiscus (Rose of Sharon)
Hydrangea Ilex (Blue, Winterberry, etc.) Kerria
Ligustrum (Privet) Magnolia (most) Metasequoia (Dawn Redwood)
Philadelphus (Mock Orange) Potentilla Prunus (Japanese Flowering)
Pyrus (Flowering Pear) Quercus (Oak) Rhododendron
Rosa (Rugosa or landscape type) Salix (Willows) Tilia (Linden)
Tsuga (Hemlock) Weigela

Poor Resistance

Abies (most Fir, except Concolour) Azalea  Cercis (Redbud)
Euonymus Malus (Apples) Prunus (Plums, Cherries)
Rosa (Hybrids) Taxus (Yew)  Thuja (Arborvitae)