Deer Resistant Perennials For Shade

Shade is something deer cannot tolerate. If deer get too close, they get spooked and flee. Shade in the spring and fall can provide a deer habitat of great food sources. Shade tolerant plants are the key to successful deer browsing. Here are the 20 best deer resistant shrubs for shade zone 5 and shade for deer.

Buckwheat. One of the easiest and most popular deer resistant perennials for deer to enjoy are buckwheats. These easy to maintain perennial plants thrive in full sun. Although they do not like the sun, they tolerate partial shade. This species needs well drained soil and well kept mulch.

Butterfly Bush. The native butterflies of the east and north coast have been very popular deer plant foods for years. These plants need slightly more than full sun for best results. They do well in shade and are fairly drought resistant. Native plants in the deer’s food zone will also do well if planted as annuals.

Great Perennials for Shade (All of Them Deer Resistant
Great Perennials for Shade (All of Them Deer Resistant

Yarrow. While many yarrow species are fast growing and suitable for lawns deer resistant shrubs, there are a few with lower growing speed and blooming flowers. However, the blooms of this species are spectacular making it an attractive choice.

Yarrow. The graceful blooms of this perennial are perfect for an evergreens garden. In the cool parts of the year, the plant blooms like mad. It is also easy to prune these deer resistant perennials for shade and wildlife habitat. Yellow dock and deer stand are other species to consider.

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African Lily. This attractive perennial is perfect for gardens with light to medium shade. Like yarrow, it blooms best in the cooler parts of the year. However, the shrub is somewhat drought tolerant and does well in the larger spaces of larger gardens or even on lawns. Three species of African lily require full sunlight requirements, but some can tolerate partial shade.

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Spring Flowering Bulbs. The taller spring bulbs available in nursery nurseries make good deer resistant perennials for shade and for attracting bees and hummingbirds to your garden. Taller bulbs are also better choices because they will shade other plants and provide more room between deer trails and other plants. The taller bulbs also create a better hiding place for deer so the animals will be less likely to disturb your plants.

Fern. Evergreens can provide a good part shade and partial coverage in gardens where deer are a problem. They are a deciduous evergreen that needs light to decay naturally but should be planted later in the year or just before the leaves begin to drop off in the fall. Ferns are also known as “wildfire” because their foliage can attract and even burn insects and pests like deer antlers, which deer like to eat.

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Yarrow. This is a beautiful plant with aromatic foliage that grows well in wet habitats and can tolerate most soils. Young growth will be stunted, and the flower heads will be smaller than those of other deer resistant perennials for shade. Yarrow is an excellent choice for gardens where deer might be a problem, such as deer resistant plant communities in the southern US.

African Lily. These are sown to seed and have a short lifetime. However, with the right care, these spp. are quite durable underfoot and will often do well in southern states with a variety of temperatures and soil types. The plants are sold in many garden centers throughout the United States, but it is better to find them locally and then order them directly from an African lily nursery.

Mistletoe. This perennial herb produces a white bloom. The deer resistant perennials for shade and cool mornings are most often found in the cool spring months when the leaves start to change color. Mistletoe is an excellent choice for a garden in southern states, especially since deer will usually visit at this time of year.

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Willow. Willow canes are perfect for providing deer food and shelter in the summer, and can be planted between deer stands to keep deer away from your flower beds. The colorful blooms can offset the shade, so there’s no need to worry about deer eating your blossoms. Willow does best when planted in groups, or in the back of a deer resistant perennial border.

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