PLEASE DON'T FEED THE DEER: Deer-Safe Plants of Southern Illinois

Filed under Plants, Misc by Lauren Cook on .

 

In Southern Illinois, we've been forced to share our roads, our SIU campus and even our gardens with the local, ever-expanding deer population. Each year it seems like deer get a little braver and a little more cunning when it comes to munching down on some of our most prized plants. And each year gardeners from Murphysboro to Marion try to stay a step ahead of these nibbling nuisances. There are many products available today that claim to rid your garden of deer. However, the easiest and most dependable method is to not plant “Deer Food”.

Deer Food” Plants:

  • Roses

  • Hydrangeas

  • Daylily

  • Hostas

  • Holly

  • Azaleas

When designing a landscape, “Deer-resistant” plants are as common a request as “low-maintenance” or “drought-tolerant” plantings. Many plants claim to be “deer-resistant”, but truth be told, deer will eat anything as long as they are hungry enough. To deer, some ornamental plants are tastier than others. Below is a list of easy-to-grow plants that not even the most starving of deer would enjoy to eat.

Deer - Safe” Plants:

 

 
 

Sun

Shade

Annuals

 

Petunias

X

 

Zinnias

X

Groundcover

English Ivy

X

X

Ajuga

X

Perennials

Ornamental Grasses

X

           

Coral Bells

X

Russian Sage

X

 

Coreopsis

X

Shrubs

 

Boxwood

X

X

 

Spirea

X

Nandina

X

X