Is there even such a thing?  Especially with the dry months predicted to be ahead of us, hungry deer families shall be trying to feed themselves in our gardens more than ever.

Deer_in_the_forestSo many of our Bay Area clients have foraging deers to contend with.  I learned, long ago, not to assure our clients of a ‘deer proof’ garden.  The smell of new plants must be the deers’ dinner bell.  Spring fawns, as they are getting a feel for their taste buds, will try anything.  Personally, I’m content to let the deers nibble at my garden now and then, rather than fencing them out or shooing them away.   To live with deers in your life, it takes just a bit of creativity with your plant choices, so skip the thought of just planting your front yard with junipers.

As a general rule, I plant with a largely “silver palette”  within zones of heavy deer traffic.  The oils of  plants such as Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme are among the best choices for deer resistance.  Remember Simon & Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair (without the parsley).  Also, plants with thorns and needles are on the ‘last resort’ menu for deers.

We hope these photos of some of the gardens we’ve helped with, will serve an inspiration for your garden planning.

Santa Barbara & Scabiosa Daisies along with Lavander

Santa Barbara & Scabiosa Daisies along with Lavander

Lavenders, Sage & Verbenas for a deer-proof garden

Lavanders, Sage & Verbenas
for a deer-proof garden


Lavander and Hummingbird Bush (Grevillea) for a deers’ haun

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium) with Thyme & Russian Sage (Perovskia)

Snow-in-Summer (Cerastium) with Thyme & Russian Sage (Perovskia)

A garden of Agaves and Feather Grass. . .pokey plants that deer don't like

A garden of Agaves and Fountain Grass. . .pokey plants that deers don’t like

Have you any deer resistant tips or experiences to share with us?  We would be happy to hear from you.

If we may help you in the planning of your next outdoor space, please drop us a line @ www.aitkenlandscapes.com

or CALL  Karen Aitken @ (408) 842-0245

Thank you to http://www.brainoptimization.com/ for the great deer photo


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