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RE: Deer Resisitant Plants

There is an article on this in the December 2002 issue of Fine Gardening. 
The author, who has to protect gardens at the Mohonk Mountain House in
upstate New York from deer, developed multiple strategies. First, he says
that fencing is the best strategy.  Since fencing has aesthetic
considerations, they use temporary fences...Cintoflex mesh fencing.  Deer
do not feel comfortable jumping over a fence if they are going to land in
trees or shrubs, so he places the fence as close to the plants as he can. 
He uses 8-ft fencing, which usually does the trick. Next, he sprays the
plants inside and outside the fences.  The key is to start spraying before
deer begin browsing and to change the repellents frequently, which keeps
the deer from getting used to one taste.  He also listed some plants that
are seldom or never eaten by deer:  Angelonia angustifolia, Aurinia
saxatillis, Dicentra spectabllis (bleeding hearts), Gomphrena globosa,
Stachys byzantina, Lantana (this gets invasive in ETN), Convallaria majalis
(lily-of-the-valley...also needs ants to spread so won't work where you
spray), Perovskia atriplicfolia (Russian sage...pretty blue and nice for
arrangements), Antirrhinum jajus (snapdragons, like pansies can be planted
for winter), Cleome hassleriana, Kokwitzia amabilis (Beautybush), Vitex,
Saphnes, Sadbushes, Spireas.

Also, from Cornell:  http://counties.cce.cornell.edu/yates/6724.htm
http://www.olyrose.org/DeerControl.doc  Microsoft document about
controlling deer

I also found reference to the following as being deer-resistent:  yarrow,
columbine, monk's hood, anise hyssop, lady's mantle, chives, amsonia blue
star (I love this...pretty blue flowers, bright yellow in the fall),
wormwood, butterfly weed, butterfly bush, calamint, bluebeard, bugbane,
ferns, hellabore, sweet woodruff, lavender, lemon balm, rose campion, bee
balm, bayberry, oregano, peony, poppy, sumac, lamb's ear, comfrey, tansy
(can get invasive...best to plant in a container...wonderful to dry for
arrangements and wreaths), thyme.

Hope this helps.
Bonnie ETN Zone 7

> [Original Message]
> From: Daryl <pulis@mindspring.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 2/21/2006 7:27:52 AM
> Subject: [CHAT] Deer Resisitant Plants
> One of my former readers has moved to the low country of South Carolina - 
> Mt. Pleasant, wherever that is - presumably zone 8 . She has a deer
> but wants a flower garden. Other than Lantana (which is a noxious weed in 
> some parts of the south) Perovskia and maybe Rosemary, what can she grow?
> d
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