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Deer and Rabbits in the garden?

Here's an idea: plant some of these plants around the border of your garden. Maybe the deer and rabbits will think twice.

Deer Resistant Pre-Planned Garden

Deer Resistant Shade Garden

Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants

As gardeners, we are often faced with the task of keeping deer and rabits out of our gardens. This is often a fruitless task, as once these animals find something they enjoy eating they will keep coming back for more. Your garden will soon become a salad buffet. Following are lists of plants deer and rabbits tend to avoid. I have planted some of these plants along the perimiter of my gardens, with decent success at deterring both deer and rabbits. Russian Sage, one of my favorite plants disliked by deer, also makes a great backdrop when planted en-mass.

Keep in mind that during a harsh season, deer and rabbits may resort to eating these plants if nothing else is available. They have also been known to nibble on the fresh new growth of many garden plants, including some of these listed.

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Deer Resistant Plants:
Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)
Allium species (ornamental onions)
Agapanthus (african lily)
Antirrhinum (Snapdragon)
Astilbe species
Begonia semperflorens (Wax Begonia)
Buxus (Boxwood)
Centaurea cineraria (Dusty Miller)
Convallaria majalis (Lilly of the Valley) Coreopsis
Cotinus coggygria (Smoke Tree)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
Dictammus albus (Gas Plant)
Echinacea (Coneflower)
Euphorbia marginata (Snow on the Mountain)
Gypsophila paniculata(Baby's Breat)
Heuchera (Coralbells)
Liatris (Gayfeather)
Linum (Flax)
Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Lupinus (Lupine)
Mentha species (mints)
Narcissus (Daffodil)
Ornamental Grasses
Paeonia (Peony)
Papaver orientalis (Oriental Poppy)
Perovskia atriplicifilia (Russian Sage)
Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed-Susan)
Salvia (Sage)
Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears)
Syringa (Lilac)
Tagetes (Marigold)
Thymus (Thyme)
Trollius europaeus (globe flower)
Veronica (Speedwell)
Vinca (Periwinkle)

Rabbits tend to avoid plants that have a prickly, rough, or fuzzy texture.

Rabbit Resistant Plants:
Acanthus species (bear's breeches)
Aconitum species (monkshood)
Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle)
Allium species (ornamental onions)
Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)
Antirrhinum (snapdragon)
Aquilegia species (columbine)
Artichoke, globe and Jerusalem
Astilbe species
Bergenia species (elephant's ears)
Brunnera macrophylla
Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass)
Corydalis species
Crocosmia species
Cyclamen species (hardy cyclamen)
Dahlia (dahlias)
Digitalis species (foxgloves)
Doronicum species (leopard's bane)
Echinops species (globe thistle)
Eryngium agavifolium (sea holly)
Hemerocallis (day lily)
Lamium species (dead nettles)
Malva moschata (musk mallow)
Melissa officinalis (bee balm)

Mentha species (mints)
Muscari species (grape hyacinth)
Myosotis (forget-me-not)
Narcissus (daffodil)
Nepeta faassenii (catmint)
Origanum vulgare (marjoram)
Paeonia species (paeonies)
Polemonium species (Jacob's ladder)
Polygonatum hybridum (Solomon's seal)
Primula vulgaris (primrose)
Pulmonaria species (lungwort)
Salvia superba
Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears)
Trollius europaeus (globe flower)
Tulipa species (tulips)
Verbascum thapsus (mullein)
Verbena species
Viola odorata (violet)

In addition to deer and rabbits, opossum may frequent your garden. I recently came upon a great site that is exclusive to possum control (in a friendly manner), with a particular article that tells you how to get rid of possum in the garden