Deer Resistant Perennials

By: Jennifer LaMontagne – Horticulturist – Bloch’s Farm – Green Lake, WI

Do you have problems with those pesky deer nibbling at the beautiful flowers you worked so hard to grow?  While plants are not typically considered “deer-proof,” here are a few perennials that deer may find less tasty than others:  

Blue False Indigo (Baptisia) is a long-living, shrub-like, hardy perennial that provides interest all four seasons.  Growing up to 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide, this plant produces long stalks of blue-green foliage with stunning spikes of flowers at the crown.  Blooming in late spring to early summer, flower colors range from blue, violet, white, or yellow attracting bees and butterflies.  Once done blooming, showy green seed pods emerge, which turn charcoal black as they ripen, and last into the winter months.  Baptisia grows best in full sun with average to poor, well-drained soil.  Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant.  Plant this eye-catching specimen alone or in small groupings with annuals or other perennials.  

‘Hummelo’ Stachys (Stachys monieri) was voted perennial plant of the year for 2019.  It has low-growing, mounded, dark green, ruffled-edge foliage with long elegant lavender-pink spiked flower heads that attract pollinators.  Blooming early to late summer, it is best to deadhead spent flowers to keep this plant looking exquisite.  Growing up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide, this perennial prefers full sun and moist, but well-drained soil.  ‘Hummelo’ looks stunning by itself or in mass plantings paired with ornamental grasses or other perennials.  

Salvia (Salvia) comes in many different sizes and colors.  In our region there are annual and perennial varieties.  The perennial varieties can grow up to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide.  Fragrant foliage gives way to beautiful flower spikes, which bloom late spring to mid-summer, and attract pollinators.  Cutting back the plant after flowering will encourage reblooming, which can last until the fall in some varieties.  Preferring full sun and well-drained soil, this perennial can be drought tolerant but with average moisture will bloom better.  

Other perennials that are deer resistant include: bleeding heart, globe thistle, Russian sage, and yarrow.  For more ideas stop in at Bloch’s Farm and ask one of our knowledgeable staff members.  Bloch’s Farm also sells 100% organic Green Screen Deer and Rabbit Repellent in pouches or loose powder.  

Bloch’s Farm has many trees, shrubs, and perennials available!  Call 920-294-6000 or e-mail jlamontagne@blochsfarm.com with any questions. Visit our website online at www.blochsfarm.com and our Facebook page.  

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