In my part of the world deer have become a huge problem. We call them “urban deer” because they have been born in town and have no fear of people, cars or dogs. Gardening with deer is an interesting proposition because their tastes change from year to year. Fawns will sample plants and spit them out again only to try another leaf or flower from the same plant! Also a hungry deer will eat ANYTHING.
That being said, I have developed a list of plants that rarely, if ever, get eaten by the deer. In most cases, these plants are also rabbit resistant.
- Lamium or deadnettle: a groundcover for shade with pink or white flowers and variegated leaves. Can become rampant if it likes the growing conditions.
- Bleeding heart: pink or white flowers that bloom in spring. Has a short lived bloom period as this plant cannot tolerate the heat of summer and dies back to the ground.
- Corydalis lutea: a relative of bleeding heart, this is a short lived perennial that self-seeds so proficiently you’ll never know the original plant died!