In recent years, the great increases of deer entering residential neighborhoods in the US has sounded an alarm with many gardeners. While most people love deer, and enjoy seeing them, they are not amused when "Bambi" walks in and strips a newly-planted vegetable garden, wildflower planting, or display of beautiful spring tulips.
The obvious solutions are sometimes difficult. A homeowner can fence a vegetable plot, but that's not usually possible when people are trying to landscape a larger area. Also, the whole idea of flower gardens, wild or not-so-wild, is to create a beautiful landscape. A secure fence is not usually part of the plan. So more and more of our customers are asking, "What flowers are deer proof?." Well, read on.
What to do? We deal with thousands of flower gardeners in every state. And the ones that have the most success in warding off unwanted deer use repellent. Deer repellants such as "Deer Off", which is widely available at garden center stores across the country, are much more effective than choosing certain flowers to plant.
Deer eat "everything." This is not really true, of course, but basically, we need to understand that deer are a "grazing" species, which means they generally feed on whatever vegetation is available. And as most homeowners know, they usually favor "new growth" - new spring twigs on trees and shrubs, and of course, tempting food crops that we plant in our vegetable gardens. Most flowers are just as appetizing to deer, but there are exceptions.