Deer and Rabbits

Deer and Rabbit Resistant Plants

We often get contacted by people who are looking for plants that are deer or rabbit resistant. More recently though, there seems to be a rise in the number of local gardeners searching for something that deer won't eat, meaning that numbers of these adorable animals are on the rise. The main reasons for this are due to increased woodland cover, no natural predation, agricultural changes and more obviously, milder winters.

Deer will eat most things if they're hungry enough, especially younger shoots and because they're primarily nocturnal, you will never catch them. There are a few plants that remain relatively more deer resistant than others; rabbits on the other hand will eat anything but tend to avoid aromatic plants, ones with prickles and spines and tough, leathery leaves.

If you really wish to keep deer out of your garden, then a good sturdy fence at least 2 metres high will be the best form of defence. You can increase the effectiveness of existing fences and walls by digging a trench around the outside of them. If you wish to protect plants from rabbits, then you will need to use netting.

Those of you who wish to adapt your garden to achieve a level of symbiosis will find that the following plants we have in stock, are more deer resistant than others:

Agapanthus, aquilegia, buddleja, choisya ternata, clematis, digitalis (foxgloves), delphiniums, euphorbia, hellebores, hydrangea, kniphofia, laurus nobilis (bay tree), lavandula (lavender), leucanthemum superbum freak, lonicera (honeysuckle), monarda (bergamot), narcissus (daffodils), nerine, rhododendron, rhubarb, and deciduous viburnums.

The majority of these are located in The Growing Nursery. If you need help finding them then just ask a member of staff who will be happy to help.