Deer are notorious for eating plants, shrubs, trees and other landscape elements. While many people have tried countless remedies including sprays and other deterrents, it is not uncommon for deer to remain vigilant when it comes to eating plants. Fortunately, there are a variety of shrubs and trees that are naturally resistant to deer. By choosing the correct plants, you can ensure your landscaping will not fall prey to deer.
American holly is well known as being one of the best distinct trees that one can plant. Characterized by it’s bright red berries and sharp, pointy green leaves, it is synonymous with the holidays and can brighten up practically any landscape. Fortunately, deer have little to no interest in American holly, making it ideal for those who have had issues with deer in the past that they would prefer to avoid.
Choosing a deer-resistant shrub can be difficult, as deer are often quick to eat a variety of different types of shrubbery. Bayberry, a semi-evergreen shrub, is ideal for those who want to incorporate shrubs into their landscape but have had problems with deer at one point or another. A dense shrub, bayberry grows upright and serves as an attractive addition to one’s landscaping.
Another shrub that is very much appreciated by those who have had problems with deer is the blue mist shrub. Known for its vibrant blue flowers, blue mist grows outward and looks more like a plant than an actual shrub. Blue mist is rarely bothered by deer, and will fit in nicely with other deer-resistant plants. Additionally, blue mist is very effective when used in dry, sunny spots, as it is quite hearty.