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Old 08-01-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Hello,

This is my first post on this forum. I live in northern Virginia and my property adjoins a 70 acre nature center. I have lots of wildlife! I'm in the initial planning stages of redoing my backyard. I currently have a paradise for deer. They eat the hosta like it is salad! I'm looking for alternate plants that they don't like. In addition to the hosta they eat the buds of day lilies and rhododendron. I know thay don't like cone flower and black eye susans. What else is it safe to plant that they won't eat?

Thank in advance for your help
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Here's a site that list deer resistant plants:Lawn & Garden: Landscape Plants Rated by Deer Resistance
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Old 08-02-2008, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Pocono Mts.
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They don't like foxgloves, which are digitalis. Just watch little kids don't pick or eat them, because they make the heart race.
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Old 08-02-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Thanks much for the list it is much appreciate.

I do have a few foxgloves that they leave alone.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:42 AM
 
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Default Cinnamon

I have some impatients that the deer just love....was shopping for deer repellant and saw that cinnamon was listed as an ingredient in one of them. I sprinkled powdered cinnamon on my impatients, and so far, they have left them alone. Has anyone else tried this? Sorry for the thread drift.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Nor Cal
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I've always heard that they won't eat purple flowers, lavendar is safe. Rosemary is safe also.
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Old 08-02-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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They don't like Coral Bells
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Old 08-02-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I sprinkled powdered cinnamon on my impatients, and so far, they have left them alone. Has anyone else tried this? Sorry for the thread drift.
I've sprinkled cayenne pepper and that worked until the next rain. I've also used Liquid Fence - that works too but only until the next rain and you need to have a strong stomach to be able to spray the stuff on the plants. It seems as soon as it rains the deer come running. I've used the wireless deer fence this year with a modicum of success. Wireless Deer Fence Deer Repellent Deer Control I've got a neighbor who keeps them away with a bar of Irish Spring soad hung above every plant that she want's to protect - it does work!

I've finally decided that I need to plant suff that the deer don't like. I've got some great ferns that they don't eat and I'll be planting more of them.
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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they don't like plastic flowers
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:52 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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They prune my purple coneflowers every year, but the plants branch out and end up with more flowers than if unpruned. The same with my Balloon Flowers. So far they have not bothered all my Impatiens, or marigolds, Angelina, Canna, or Pelargoniums(geraniums). They do eat the wild geraniums, but have not bothered the cultivated ones. They do not eat Daffodils, but love day lilies...leaves and all, and Tulips. They haven't bothered my Hyacinths, but either they, or the rabbits, hardly leave me any Crocus. I fence a lot of my shrubs to protect them. They prune the Hydrangeas, roses, some Viburnums, but don't bother Spireas, Forsythia, and Weigelas.
The fawns are sometimes the worse nibblers. They try out things, and if they don't like them, they spit them out ! Last year they sampled my Elephant Ears. I fenced the one that they can get to this year. My Caladiums were ate down to nubs...just like the Hosta. I have them on the deck this year.

Last year they nipped the tops off of the Iris. I have seen no damage to them this year.

I call them 'hooved rodents' !
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