If you live near woodland or in other areas where deer are present, there’s nothing more disheartening than walking into your garden and discovering deer have visited overnight and munched on your favourite flowers or berries. If this is the case, here are some deer resistant plants to add to your garden.
There are several different species of deer in the UK, the tallest of which can jump heights of up to approximately 2.2m. This can often make it too expensive or impractical to enclose your garden with fencing tall enough to keep them out.
Therefore it’s ideal to grow plants that deer seem not to like. Or at least ones that are less susceptible to damage or will recover quickly.
There is never a 100% guarantee that deer will not munch on certain garden plants, particularly when food is in short supply. At that point, they’re likely to try munching almost anything.
Is there any point to growing plants that deer love?
There are many plants that deer love to eat and which don’t recover well when damaged and are therefore best to avoid growing.
A few examples of some plants that deer love are camellia, crocus and roses. This list does include edible plants such as raspberries and runner beans.
The good news is, that deer are less likely to damage plants growing close to the house where humans are regularly around. So, if you really love certain plants susceptible to deer damage, it might be worth trying to grow them by planting near to your house. Not only will it protect them from deer, but it’ll also mean they’re right outside your door to enjoy.