10 Deer Resistant Perennials To Add Color To your Garden

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Fall is fast approaching. This is the time to start planning your fall plantings. Add some color for the coming spring and summer without having to worry about deer feasting on them.

USDA Planting Zone 6 covers much of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. We will be looking at perennial flowers that are deer resistant in this zone. In particular, the plants listed below will be one that are transplanted in the fall. To cut down on the work needed to sprout new plants from seed, you can get bulbs and already growing plants from nurseries and garden centers. Typically home owners head over to their local nursery or buy from bigger mail order ones, for example, Burpee or Spring Hill.

Perennials are great since they live two or more years, thus making them perfect for someone who does not want to plant their entire garden every year.

The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, part of Rutgers University, has a great list of plants that are hardy for the area as well as how enticing to deer they are. Here is a hand-picked list that Deer Solution® came up with based off of Rutgers advice.

Without further adieu, here are 10 perennials that will liven up your garden but at deer resistant above all others:

Rarely Damaged Perennials


Agastaches, aka hummingbird mint, have luxurious flower spikes that bloom for a long period.  It is a very aromatic plant, hence why deer leave it alone. It comes in colors ranging from pinks and purples to orange or even white.


Alliums are in the onion family and are detested by deer due to the taste and smell. Ranging from deep blues to white, these plants have an exotic orb shaped flower that blooms form a long time period. In addition they are easy to grow.

Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bush as the name suggests is great for attracting butterflies while being safe from deer. They range from short full bushes to tall almost small trees. They can add a splash of color with varieties that are deep magenta to white.


The scientific name for daffodils is Narcissus, which is from the Greek mythological figure who was so handsome that he fell in love with his own reflection. Like their namesake, everyone loves daffodils. These flowers are early risers in the spring and require almost no maintenance. They will multiply fast and can cover your beds in beautiful yellows. The best part is deer stay away because they are toxic.


Ferns have a classic forest appeal and are great in the shade. However, they need moist soil to thrive. They do not flower but instead have an unique and ornate lacey foliage. They can add an amazing texture to any garden and come in many shapes and sizes.


Foxgloves are another spiked plant with each individual flower being trumpet shaped. Their main draw, however, is the intricate and contrasting speckles on the inside of the flower’s throat. Colors of the flowers run the gamut from light pinks to orange or white. Just like ferns, foxgloves prefer moist soil. Deer will stay away because they are toxic, containing the chemical digitalis.   


Galanthus, more commonly known as snowdrops, are one of the first flowers to emerge in the spring, even before the snow had melted. The small plants pop up with a weeping bell appearance to the flowers that is a delicate white. Galanthus prefer shaded areas, so keep them under shrubs or near the edge of gardens. Deer hardly ever eat them.


Iris bring bold colors to your garden. They are considered show flowers due to their intricate folding pedals. They almost look as if a woman in a colorful flowing dress. Named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow, they do their name justice. They bloom from the spring through summer and will not be looked at twice by deer.


Lavender has a wonderful destressing scent, the reason deer steer clear, and bring wonderful purples to your garden. It grows into a bush and its foliage will stay green throughout the year, even after it is done flowering. It can withstand the heat of summer and is easy to care for.


Poppies have dazzling color and consist of various red hues. They are deer resistant due to being toxic, yet they add wonderful dainty touch to any garden.The petals of the flower get a ruffled or crimped appearance. Best of all they are easy to grow.

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