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Deer Resistant Shrubs and Perennials

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Having lived in a subdivision for the last 17 years, I have built quite the hosta collection. My backyard is heavily shaded, therefore my Hosta Garden is over 400 hosta strong. I am in the midst of building a house on my 15 acres of land and I quickly learned how the deer are not going to cooperate with me in regards to letting me relocate some Hosta.

I moved several hosta to the wooded land, just to come back to find that the deer pulled each one up and had eaten all the leaves off, leaving me the roots. I wont be deterred as I am going to try my hand with Elephant ears, as I hear they have much better deer resistance and like Hosta, there are several unique varieties.

Deer resistance is partially dependent on how readily available food is for them and how much competition there is. Plants resistance is also dependent on how fast you can eat venison. Having researched deer resistant plants so much I thought it would be helpful to share a list.

Where you can find some electronic devices that will chase rodents and birds away, a hungry deer will not be deterred by such things. Spray repellents work good for a little while but the day you forget to spray your hosta, they will fall victim to Bambi. Deer resistant plants are the best option for a minimal maintenance landscape.


Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens

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Dwarf English Boxwood, Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa’

Dwarf Alberta Spruce, Picea glauca ‘Conica’

Butterfly Bush, Buddleia Davidii

Dwarf Burford Holly, Ilex cornuta ‘Dwarf burfordii nana’

Compacta holly, Japanese holly, Ilex crenata ‘Compacta’


Dwarf Yaupon holly, Ilex vomitoria ‘nana’


Foster Holly, Ilex attenuate ‘Fosteri’ 

Inkberry holly, Ilex glabra


Savannah Holly, Ilex x attenuate ‘Savannah’

Sky Pencil Holly, Ilex crenata ‘Sky Pencil’

Soft Touch Compact Holly, Ilex crenata ‘Soft Touch’

Blue Pacific Shore Juniper, Juniperus conferta 'Blue Pacific'

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Blue Rug Juniper, Juniperus horizontalis ‘Wiltonii’

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Skyrocket Juniper, Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’

American Cranberrybush, Viburnum opulus var. americunum

Chindo Sweet Viburnum, Viburnum awabuki ‘Chindo’

Chinese Snowball, Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’

Snowball viburnum, Viburnum macrocephalum

Korean Spice Viburnum, Viburnum carlesii

Japanese plum yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia

Spreading Plum Yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘prostrata’

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Weeping Yaupon Holly, Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’

Winterberry, Ilex verticillata

Winter Daphne, Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata'

Florida Leucothoe, Agarista populifolia

Rainbow leucothoe, Leucothoe fontanesiana

Mahonia Leatherleaf, Mahonia Bealei

Japanese Pieris, Pieris japonica


Lenten rose, Hellaborus

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Peony, Paeonia

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Veronica ‘hocus pocus’, Speedwell

Proven Winners Hocus Pocus Veronica 4.5 in. Quart

Columbine, Aquilegia

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Bleeding Heart, Dicentra

OnlinePlantCenter 1 gal. Old Fashioned Bleeding Heart Plant

Lamb’s ear

Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea



Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis

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Posted 2017-01-26T20:58:30+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL