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Old 04-26-2015, 11:20 AM
 
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I would like to cover some bare spots in my back yard. Can someone recommend some good ground covering plants which are deer resistant? Preferably they are perennial and low maintenance.

I remember someone mentioned that one plant can just expand on the ground by itself, but forgot the plant's name.
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Old 04-26-2015, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Where are you?

In my neck of the woods - Puget Sound - epimediums and sweet woodruff do well, and don't get bothered by my resident doe. And she *likes* my wasabi!

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Old 04-26-2015, 12:13 PM
 
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I'm in NJ.
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Old 04-26-2015, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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ah...the proverbial question. What can I plant which the deer won't eat? It's not that simple.

BTW "that one plant can just expand on the group" is kind of funny. Plants reproduce by underground off shoots like creeping grasses, by seeds falling in the fall and germinating to make new plants in the spring, by self dividing underground like iris rhizomes or daylilies or bulbs like daffodils. There are literally thousands of plants, perennials like this.

Hope you know your zone. simply google deer resistant plants in zone ? and it should be listed by trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ground covers.

Having said all that I have to warn you that what one herd of deer won't eat another herd of deer will. It even can vary by animal and if they are hungry enough they will literally eat anything. Generally speaking they do not like anything sharp or fuzzy or too fragrant. They will leave most herbs alone, english ivy, lambs ear, dianthus, sedums.They love daylilies, hosta and most annuals except maybe marigold. They do not bother daffodils and most bulbs. creeping jenny (lysmanchia ) seems to be safe for me.

Any anything will creeps will eventually creep right into your lawn
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Old 04-27-2015, 04:31 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Vinca minor would work well for your area. Easily kept in check with a lawn mower, and the many years that I have lived here the deer have eaten just about everything in my yard except that. (So far) ;-)
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