Deer-Proof Plants for Your Summer Garden

Do you love spending hours in the sunshine beautifying and perfecting your landscape? Does all that work get destroyed by those pesky deer constantly roaming the yards of PA homeowners? Here are some plants that are sure to withstand those unwanted visitors!

 

1. Forsythia

Forsythia plants like:

  • At least 6 hours of full sunlight
  • Well-balanced soil pH
  • Moist, but well-drained soil

Fun Fact: Forsythias are actually members of the olive tree family!

 

2. Geraniums

Geranium plants like:

  • Lots of sun, but not always direct. They flourish and bloom in medium temperatures
  • Relatively dry soil–they’re pretty drought resistant!
  • Pots and other containers

Fun Fact: Geranium root is considered to be an effective holistic treatment for conjunctivitis (Please consult your doctor before trying that out at home!)

 

3. Echinacea (Cone Flowers)

Echinacea plants like:

  • Full sun for 5+ hours. They will grow toward it!
  • SPACE… these guys can grow up to 4 feet tall!
  • Neutral soil with a pH of 7

Fun Fact: Echinacea blooms are actually made up of several small flowers, for maximum effectiveness in attracting insects

 

4. Clematis

 

Clematis plants like:

  • Cool soil
  • Sunlight
  • A trellis, or other support system for the vine

Fun Fact: Clematis are closely related to Buttercups

 

5. Coreopsis

 

Coreopsis flowers like:

  • Full sun
  • Seasonal pruning
  • Limited fertilizer

Fun Fact: Coreopsis gets its name from the Greek word for “bed bug” because of the shape of it’s seed, which resembles an insect