I’m sitting having my hair done yesterday (I look great today!), reading Garden Design Magazine (the best!) and two women next to me were lamenting their gardens and the fact that they couldn’t grow anything because of the deer. Of course I had to interject myself and tell them how wrong they were and how fabulous their gardens could be. There are loads of plants you can grow that the deer won’t touch! So ladies, this post is for you, three deer proof plants that bambi won’t touch, as I promised.
Poppies! From Bambi’s perspective these are toxic and off his grazing list. They come in stunning colors and are a real show stopper in your garden. They bloom in June, like full sun and will handle zones 3 to 7 or 8. Find some and add them to your borders… Now… Go.
Peonies! In my gardens these have NEVER been touched. Most of the ones I grow are ancient and came from my grandmother’s garden. I’m guessing the original plants are at least 100 years old – and let me tell you, she lived in deer country too. Different peonies have a fabulous zonal range (2-8) so you can find something for just about any garden. I’ve always been a fan of scented peonies. They’re beautiful and your entire house will smell fabulous when you bring them in, and with some judicious catalog purchases you can extend your bloom time for almost 6 weeks. Awesomeness! They also keep really well in a cool spot after they’ve been cut so you can hold them over for a special occasion. Here’s how.
Digitalis! And it’s poisonous of course, so it seems reasonable that Bambi would avoid this one. Most of them are biennials which means that they keel over after two years (the first year is all growth, second year they set seed). They seed prolifically though so you’ll have them scattered here and there in no time! They are zones 3 to 8 and they like a bit of shade which is fabulous if you’re struggling for woodland plants. The photo above is of digitalis grandiflora which will live for quite a long time as opposed to it’s less long lived cousin digitalis purpurea. Whichever you choose, they’re both fabulous and you need to add them to your garden!
Ok. So there you go ladies. Go forth and start a beautiful garden. I’ll keep adding plants to the blog too so you can keep adding to your garden! And remember to sign up for the blog so you don’t miss anything!