Deer Destroying Plants in Greensboro Gardens

31 Mar

Deer is a common problem in Greensboro landscapes. I love the gentle creatures, but I love my plants and flowers more. If you think deer may be a problem in your area, select plants they don’t particularly care for. They didn’t seem so interested in our plants, just getting some exercise I suppose.


I do not have solely deer resistant plants in my garden. Plants that are not a favorite of deer are installed closest to our wooded areas. Maybe this will fool them into thinking that is all we have in our landscape. If you see bites out of your foliage on a diagonal, lower to the ground those are hungry rabbits. Usually deer are more on the straight. Here is a dwarf crape myrtle shrub nicely pruned by deer this past winter.


Nothing is guaranteed as far as being deer resistant. If they are hungry enough, your landscapes could be completely eaten. For the most part, plant material with sticky, fuzzy, bitter, and oily foliage are those deer stay clear of. Along with poisonous plants. Here is a list of shrubs, perennials and trees having these properties:


  • Goldenchain Tree
  • Dogwood
  • River Birch
  • Japanese Snowbell
  • Sweetbay Magnolia
  • Higan Cherry
  • Maples
  • Serviceberry


  • Abelia
  • Barberry
  • Red Twig Dogwood
  • Caryopteris
  • Leucothoe
  • Cotoneaster
  • Ligustrum
  • Aucuba
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Itea
  • Pieris
  • Spirea bumalda
  • Viburnum
  • Camellia


  • Yarrow
  • Ajuga
  • Aster
  • Astillbe
  • Ferns
  • Lavender
  • Mint
  • Peony
  • Campion Rose
  • Bee Balm
  • Dianthus
  • Coreopsis
  • Pachysandra
  • Plumbago
  • Gaura
  • Germander

There are other suggestions for deer resistant plants, this will help you get started in your Greensboro Gardens. The function of installing the plants above is to create an unappealing smorgasbord for our deer friends, discouraging entrance into our beautiful landscapes and gardens.

Happy Planting!

Diana Gardner-Williams

Landscape Design and Installation


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