What if you could plant flowers and other plants that not only the deer don't eat, but actually repel the deer.  Many of these plants have a scent that keeps the deer away or contain a chemical that deer know is poisonous.  If deer in the area are desperate enough they could eat some of these plants but they should be the last choice.  

Here is a list of plants that are known to repel deer:

  1. Alliums (ornamental onions)
  2. Artemisia (wormwood)
  3. Asarum (wild ginger)
  4. Astilbe
  5. Boxwood
  6. Cactus
  7. Calendula (pot marigold)
  8. Catmint
  9. Chrysanthemums (mums)
  10. Daffodils
  11. Datura (jimsonweed or devil's trumpet)
  12. Delphinium
  13. Echinacea (coneflower)
  14. Epimedium
  15. Euphorbia (spurge)
  16. Ferns
  17. Gaillardia (blanket flower)
  18. Geraniums
  19. Gloriosa daisy
  20. Hellebores
  21. Hostas
  22. Iris
  23. Lavender
  24. Lilacs
  25. Liriope
  26. Lupine
  27. Monkshood
  28. Peonies
  29. Pinks (Dianthus)
  30. Poppies
  31. Salvia (sage)
  32. Santolina (cotton lavender)
  33. Scabiosa
  34. Sedum
  35. Shasta daisy
  36. Snow-on-the-mountain
  37. Soapwort
  38. Sweet woodruff
  39. Tulips
  40. Yarrow

It is important to note that these plants may not necessarily repel all deer, but they are known to be less attractive to deer and therefore may be less likely to be browsed. Also, keep in mind that a hungry deer may eat anything, so it is not a guarantee that these plants will be safe from deer browsing.

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