Deer-Resistant Shrubs


Deer-Resistant Shrubs

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Do deer eat boxwood shrubs? Are marigolds deer-resistant? If they live nearby, these questions arise with regularity when adding to an existing garden or beginning anew. While your yard will never be 100% deer-proof, you can spend less time worrying about your plants becoming sustenance for these animals when you order deer-resistant shrubs from the impressive lineup at Nature Hills Nursery.

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Browse only for the deer-resistant bushes for your planting zone using our USDA zone filters, choose sun exposure levels, or narrow the options by color and other options.


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Which shrubs are deer resistant?

You have a wide range of options for shrubs that deer won’t bother. Here are a couple of our most popular evergreens:

  • Little Gem Norway Spruce: Enjoy low-maintenance beauty with this dwarf version of the evergreen tree that grows in planting zones 2 through 8 with full sun. In rock gardens or as a border, these small evergreens add uniform appeal.
  • Green Mountain Boxwood: This pollinator-friendly shrub adds a handsome green vertical accent to any landscape with full sun or partial shade. These can also be used as walls or charming container plants. Growing in zones 5 through 8, this easy-care shrub can be sheared for a crisply trimmed look or left natural for soft elegance.

Which flowering shrubs are deer resistant?

 Enjoy colorful blooms and pleasant fragrances with these customer favorites:

 Charles Joly Lilac: These magenta flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, all while giving off a sweet aroma. They flourish in full sun in zones 3 through 7 and are disease resistant.

  • Kerria Golden Guinea: With an abundance of bright yellow flowers in April and May and stems that stay green all winter, these also double as privacy shrubs. They thrive in growing zones 4 through 9 with cold hardiness and remarkable versatility.

What makes a shrub deer resistant?

In most cases, the smell, taste, or texture of a plant is what makes deer avoid eating it. For example, the flowering Black Knight Butterfly Bush tastes terrible to deer and lures in butterflies as its namesake. As for scent, the strong aromas of certain flowering shrubs will be off-putting to deer and lend an inviting fragrance to your garden.our garden.

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