Deer Resistant Ground Covers
Ground covers that smell or give off odors, not offensive odors, seem to deter deer. Plants that humans find aromatic often have the opposite affect on deer: Deer find their smell offensive and leave them alone, making these groundcovers effective for deer control. Fortunately there are quite a few ground cover plants that are deer resistant because of their odors or taste. Plus, an added bonus is that many of these ground covers will work well in shaded areas and do not require a lot of sun to prosper.
Deer resistant ground covers are vulnerable to hungry deer as are other resistant plants. Heavy deer populations as well as extended periods of snow cover causing food deprivation; can or will turn an unfavored ground cover into dinner. Ground cover plants come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and growth habits. Having a good selection of these plants that are also tolerant to deer and shade can be big help in areas that are difficult to develop vegetation. Groundcovers save on water, do not require mowing and can add color to your landscape. The ground covers listed below are usually not favored by deer.