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last updated Dec 9, 2011
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Buddleja is deer resistant

Several species of deer may visit gardens and can cause severe damage to a wide range of plants. This page provides some choices of plants that are relatively resistant to deer.

Introduction Back to top

Deer tend to be inquisitive feeders and are often attracted to new plantings, so some protective netting is advisable until the plants are established.

Practical considerations Back to top

Where feasible deer-proof fencing can be put around a garden to exclude deer.

Suitable plants Back to top

Some plants to try where deer are problematic include;

Quick facts

Five usually deer resistant plants for:
Shade Hellebores
Full sun Kniphofia
Fruit Gooseberry
Shrub Choisya ternata
Climber Honeysuckle