Up to 10" in diameter, ‘Globemaster' flowerheads are practically as big as bowling balls. They're the largest of the alliums, held atop sturdy stems that grow 2 to 3 feet. These deer resistant perennials make fine cut flowers.
Deer-resistant and a strong pollinator plant, speedwell fits into perennial plantings with ease and pairs equally well with shrubs. White flowers appear from midsummer to late summer supported by disease resistant leaves. Hardy in Zones 4-8. Botanical name: Veronica ‘White Wands’
Blanket a slope or add year-round greenery to an entry garden with a planting of dwarf Japanese garden juniper. Deer resistant and shade tolerant, this ground-hugging evergreen boasts an easy growing personality. Hardy in Zones 5-9. Botanical name: Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’
Elegant pink blossoms blanket Yuki Cherry Blossom deutzia in spring, transforming this rounded shrub into a hummingbird magnet. Deer-resistant deutzia grows 12-24 inches tall and wide. Use it as a ground cover, a slope stabilizer or pathway edging. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Unlike most hellebores, or Lenten roses, Gold Collection® ‘Pink Frost’ holds its blooms upright, so their white, pink and deep rose colors are easier to see in winter. The plants have attractive burgundy stems. Use these deer resistant plants as groundcovers or perennials in shady spots.
Why we love it: Sky Pointer is a perfect fit for small gardens with its narrow footprint of 2 to 3 feet wide. It grows 4 to 5 feet tall, providing a strong vertical evergreen accent to plantings. This holly tolerates urban pollution and is deer resistant.
Welcome spring with the classic sunny blooms of forsythia, but in an updated, dwarf package. Show Off Starlet’s branches are smothered in bright yellow blossoms. Like all forsythia, this dwarf version is deer resistant, growing 2-3 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 5-8.
Deep blue blooms cover Blue Balloon Bluebeard (Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Korball’) from early summer through fall. Flowers beckon all kinds of pollinators, making Blue Balloon a great addition to a wildlife garden. Deer-resistant, drought-tolerant plants grow to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Why we love it: Deep dark leaves are lacy and eye-catching, providing a steady shot of color to planting beds all season long. Pink flowers open in early summer followed by berries in autumn. Purple-black berries are edible, if you can beat the birds to them. Deer-resistant.
Lemon Meringue potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa ‘Bailmeringue’) is a flower powerhouse, unfurling yellow, rose-like blooms all summer long. Butterflies can’t resist the plant, along with other pollinators. Small, round plants are drought tolerant once established and deer resistant. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 2-6.
Deer resistant Grevillea x 'Noell' is a low-growing, evergreen shrub that's useful to grow on a bank, or as a hedge or border. Rose and white blooms stud its graceful branches, adding splashes of color for a long time in winter. The plants tolerate poor soil and drought after they're established.
Meet a gold leaved Western red cedar that’s earning a following among nurserymen. The shape is columnar with heights of 15-18 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide. Expect these deer-resistant plants to add 6-10 inches of growth per year. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9. Botanical name: Thuja plicata ‘Daniellow’
Dress up your spring landscape with the soft pink blooms of this pretty perennial. False indigo is a long-lived, drought tolerant plant, sinking deep roots that seek out moisture. It’s also deer resistant and low maintenance. A shorter height requires no staking; plants grow to 3 feet tall. Hardy in Zones 4-9. Botanical name: Baptisia ‘Pink Truffles’
Crank up the midsummer garden with the sweetly fragrant blooms of ‘Crystalina’ summersweet (Clethra alnifolia). A native shrub, summersweet attracts all kinds of pollinators, including butterflies. Plants are deer-resistant and, unlike the true native Clethra, 'Crystalina' does not sucker and take over the yard. Grows 30-36 inches tall and wide. Hardy in Zones 4-9.
This juniper is versatile in the landscape, growing in containers or beds. It’s deer resistant and drought- and salt tolerant. Plants grow quickly to a mature size of 2-3 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide. Expect 6-10 inches of growth per year. Hardy in Zones 4 to 9. Botanical name: Juniperus chinensis sargentii ‘Viridis’
Trade in dwarf Alberta spruce and pyramidal yews for the ferny texture of Soft Serve false cypress. This evergreen has silver-blue tones on leaf undersides, adding to the plant’s eye candy effect in the landscape. Use it for an informal hedge that’s deer resistant. Hardy in Zones 5-7. Botanical name: Chamaecyparis pisifera ‘Dow Whiting’
Upward-facing blooms give the Gold Collection of hellebores, including Pink Frost, a special beauty. Flowers appear from mid- to late winter, and blossom bracts linger well into spring. Pink Frost features shades of pink, rose, blush and white, which pairs beautifully with burgundy stems. Deer-resistant plants grow 12 to 15 inches tall by 24 inches wide. Hardy in Zones 5-9.
Evergreens provide excellent shelter for all kinds of wildlife, but Black Hills spruce is especially attractive to birds, who frequently build nests among the branches. Plant one for a specimen, or position several to create a windbreak. This spruce has a strong conical shape, grows slowly and is deer resistant. Hardy in Zones 2-8. Botanical name: Picea glauca ‘Densata’