Deer can be the bane of a gardener’s existence. Big and always hungry, they can ravage the garden if they’re allowed to. There are effective ways to deter deer and block them from your plants, but one particularly good method is to plant things they don’t want to begin with. Keep reading to learn more about perennials that are deer resistant, particularly those for zone 5.
Cold Hardy Perennials Deer Don’t Like
The following plants are generally deemed as deer resistant perennials for zone 5 gardens:
Bee balm – Also called bergamot and Oswego tea, this plant produces vibrant, spiky flowers that attract bees and butterflies. It can also be steeped into a pleasant tea.
Bluebell – A beautiful spring bloomer that that produces striking trumpet- or bell-shaped blue flowers.
Brunnera – A leafy shade plant that produces tiny, delicate, powder blue flowers.
Golden Chamomile – Also called golden marguerite, this 3-foot-tall plant produces a spread of bright yellow daisy shaped flowers.
Ferns – Ferns are great because so many varieties are cold hardy, and so many are also deer resistant.
Jack in the Pulpit – Though it looks carnivorous, this pitcher shaped plant only has pollination in mind. It still makes for an exotic sight, and thrives in moist, shady spots.
Lily of the Valley – A delicate sign of spring, lily of the valley gives off a one of a kind fragrance and is actually teeming with toxins, which means the deer give it a wide berth. It’s extremely tough, hardy down to zone 2.
Lungwort – A wide, low growing plant with speckled, bristly leaves and colorful flowers.
Meadow Rue – A plant that shoots up clusters of spiky, delicate flowers high above its foliage for a unique look.
Sea Holly – An extremely tough plant, it thrives in hot, dry, poor soil. True to its name, it even likes salt. It produces masses of interesting, prickly flowers that look great in arrangements.