Editor’s Note: A deer resistant plant is never completely deer proof! When deer are desperate they may feed for survival. The following are for USDA hardiness zones 5b and 6a in Ohio.

Here's a large plant list of deer resistant plants, but it's not a comprehensive list!

Happy Gardening 2020!

FLOWERS ANNUALS

• Bachelor Buttons (Centaurea cyanus)

• Calendulas (Asteraceae)

• Four O’Clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)

• Marigolds (Asteraceae)

• Morning Glories (Convolvulaceae)

• Petunias (Solanaceae)

• Salvias (Salvia offinalis)

• Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus)

• Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus)

• Vincas (Catharanthus roseus)

• Zinnias (Asteraceae)

GROUND COVERS PERENNIALS

• Aaron’s Beard (Hypericum calycinum)

• Asiatic Jasmines (Trachelospermum asiaticum)

• Mondo Grasses ((Ophiopogon japonica)

• Santolinas (Santolina sp.)

• Pachysandras (Pachysandra terminalis)

• Ribbon Grasses (Phalaris arundinacea var. picta)

FLOWERS PERENNIALS

• Bearded Irises (Irus germanica)

• Berggarten Sages (Salvia officinalis)

• Bleeding Hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis)

• Brunneras (Brunnera macrophylla) Jack Frost

• Catnips (Nepeta cataria)

• Columbines (Aquilegia spp.)

• Daffodil Bulbs (Narcissus)

• Delphiniums (Delphinium spp.)

• Foxgloves (Digitalis purpurea)

• Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis)

• Jack in the Pulpits (Arisaema trophyllum)

• Lamb’s Ears (Stachys byzantina)

• Lavender (Lavandula spp.)

• Ornamental grasses (Pennisetum, Saccharum, Ophiopogon…)

• Peonies (Paeonia lactiflora)

• Rodgers Flowers (Rodgersia pinnate)

• Rose Campions (Lychnis coronaria)

• Russian Sages (Perovkia atriplicifolia)

• Salvias (Salvia spp.)

• Poppies (Papaver)

• Veronicas (Veronica spp.)

• Wall Germanders (Teucrium chamaedrys)

• Yellow Alyssums (Aurinia saxatilis)

HERBS PERENNIALS

Editor’s Notes: Protect vegetables by companion planting with deer resistant herbs, which also attract pollinators.

• Bee Balms (Monarda didyma)

• Evening Primroses (Oenothera speciosa)

• Lavendars (Lavandula)

• Marjorams (Oreganum)

• Meadowsweets (Filipendula ulmaria)

• Mints (Mentha)

• Oreganos (Oreganum vulgare)

• Purple Coneflowers ((Echinacea purpurea)

• Russian Sages (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

• Sages (Salvia officinalis)

• Thymes (Thymus sp.)

• Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

SHRUBS

• Andromedas (Pieris japonica)

• Arrowwood Viburnums (Viburnum dentatum)

• Barberries (Berberis thunbergii)

• Bluebirds (Caryopteris)

• Bottlebrush Buckeyes (Aesculus parviflora)

• Boxwoods (Buxus sempervirens)

• Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia davidii)

• Bumald Spireas (Spireae x bumaldi)

• Carolina Cherrylaurels (Prunus caronliniana)

• Cranberry Cotoneasters (Cotoneaster horizontalis)

• Common Lilacs (Syringa vulgarism)

• Daphnes (Daphne sp.)

• Flowering Quinces (Chaenomeles japonica)

• Forsythias (Forsythia x intermedia)

• Gold Dust Plant (Acuba japonica)

• Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica)

• Hollies (Varieties: Convexa, Dwarf Japanese, Dwarf Yaupon, Foster, Burford, Carissa, Nellie R. Stevens)

• Japanese Andromedas (Peiris japonica)

• Junipers (Juniperus sp.)

• Junipers Dog Hobble (Leucothoe axillaris)

• Leatherleaf Mahonias (Mahonia bealei)

• Littleleaf Boxwoods (Busus microphylla)

• Mock Oranges (Philadelphus sp.)

• Oakleaf Hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia)

• Oleanders (Nerium oleander)

• Oregon Grape Hollies (Mahonia aquifolium)

• Pyracanthas (Pyracantha coccinea)

• Smoketrees (Cotinus coggyfria)

• Sumacs (Rhus sp.)

• Thorny Eleaegnuses (Eleaegnus pengens)

• Vanhoutee Spireas (Spireae x vanhouttei)

• Wax Myrtles (Myrica cerifera)

• Winged Euonymuses (Euonymus alatus)

• Winter Jasmines (Jasminum nudiflorum)

• Witchhazels (Hamamelis virginiana)

• Yuccas (Yucca filamentosa)

TREES

• American Holly (Ilex opaca)

• Ashes (Fraxinus spp.)

• Beeches (Fagus grandifolia, Fagus sylvatica)

• Birches (European, river, yellow and paper)

• Black Tupelos (Nyssa sylvatica)

• Black Walnuts (Juglans nigra)

• Colorado Blue Spruces (Picea pungens)

• Corkscrew Willows (Salix matsudana ’Tortuosa’)

• Deodara Cedars (Cedrus deodara)

• Dogwoods (Cornus florida)

• Dwarf Alberta Spruces (Picea glauca Conica)

• Eastern Redbuds (Cercis canadensis)

• Eastern Red Spruces (Picea rubens)

• Flowering Cherries (Prunus serrulata)

• Fringtrees (Chionanthus verginicus)

• Gingkos (Ginkgo biloba)

• Hawthorns (Crataegus sp.)

• Japanese Dogwoods (Cornus kousa)

• Japanese falsecypresses (Chamaecyparis pisifera)

• Japanese Maples (Acer palmatum)

• Japanese Snowbells (Styrax japonicum)

• Japanese Umbrella Pines (Sciadopitys verticillata)

• Kwanzan Cherries (Prunus serrulata)

• Locusts (Gleditsia triacanthos)

• Mimosas (Albizia julibrissin)

• Mulberries (Morus nigra)

• Mugo Pines (Pinus mugo)

• Paw Paws (Asimina triloba)

• Persimmons (Diospyros virginiana)

• Red Buckeyes (Aesculus pavia)

• Red Chestnuts (Aesculus x carnea)

• Red Maples (Acer rubrum)

• River Birches (Betula nigra)

• Sassafrases (Sassafras albidum)

• Saucer Magnolias (Magolia x saulangiana)

• Serviceberries (Amelanchier arborea)

• Southern Magnolias (Magnolia grandiflora)

• Star Magnolias (Magnolia stellata)

• Sunburst Honeylocusts

• Sugar Maples (Acer saccharum)

• Sweetbay Magnolias (Magnolia virginiana)

• Sweetgums (Liquidambar styraciflau)

• Thornless Honeylocusts (Gleditsia triacanthos var. inermis)

• Tulip Trees (Liriodendron tulipfera)

VINES PERENNIALS

• Carolina Jessamines (Gelsemium sempervirens)

• Climbing Hydrangeas (Hydrangea)

• Star Jamines (Trachelospermum jasminoides)

• Trumpetvines (Campsis)

• Vinca Vines (Apocynaceae)

• Wisterias (Wisteria sp.)