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arnoldwoo

Deers have eaten mums, echinacea, lilies, hostas, pinks, and some evergreen bushes. Have not eaten zebra grass, white shasta diasies, salvia, and levender, flaming bushes, thus far. Every year the new deers' appetite changes and depending on their hunger level they could eat everything. I'll have to try some new perennial grasses. Cayenne pepper is expensive to cover the entire garden.

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Deer did a fine job cutting down the blooms on my hostas, snipping down even the new shoots that came up. In all the years I have lived here 12 in total they totally ignored them. Now it is on their regular menu. Not as many deers just now as we have bear and cougar keeping their numbers down. Damage is already done.

   
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megga62

Deer resistant plants are always advertised -- but have you noticed that NONE of the growers will dare to list a plant as 'deer proof'?! I've read that deer generally will not eat heavily scented plants (i.e. lavender) nor will they eat daffodils (because the roots are poisonous) or plants with prickly stems or leaves. However, they will gorge themselves on anything that is mildly scented. I used to have hostas -- until I planted them on another side of my home, and ended up with hosta stems -- they ate them as soon as the buds flowered, and all the way to 2-incheds above the ground.

So far I've had success with Meadow Sage (bonus: attracts butterflies and humming birds), catmint, evening primrose and iris. Have lived in my home for 22+ years, and it backs up to a state park -- plenty of wild life come out and graze. Gardening is a joy, so I don't mind it -- until I see the copperheads, then I run! So, enjoy getting out there an keep planting :)

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