50 beautiful deer-resistant plants : the prettiest annuals, by Ruth Rogers Clausen

By Ruth Rogers Clausen

Conserving your appealing backyard secure from deer is so simple as selecting the best vegetation. In 50 appealing Deer-Resistant crops, gardening specialist Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the main flexible and drool-worthy innovations: white snowdrops that bloom within the spring shade-loving, electrical gold hakone grass long-blooming Texas sage in shiny reds, peaches, and pinks and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden within the autumn.
Illustrated all through with full-color photos of each plant, this inspiring advisor bargains every little thing a plant-lover with a deer challenge must understand. as well as the 50 most sensible annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus suggestion on the best way to develop them — Clausen comprises dozens of deer-resistant partners and clever layout counsel for pulling all of it jointly. And heres the simplest half: your beautiful backyard might be impossible to resist to all people yet these pesky deer.

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Some native plant enthusiasts have a very strict definition of native plants, while others interpret it more loosely, for example including Louisiana natives growing in a midwestern garden, California species growing in Pennsylvania, or Delaware natives growing in Ontario. A native plant garden does not have to be messy and unkempt, as some suggest. Beautiful gardens planted with deer-resistant natives can be as sophisticated and lovely as any. A fine example designed by Stephanie Cohen can be found on the campus of Temple University, Pennsylvania.

Decorations for the garden come in all sizes, shapes, and types, and some can scare deer quite effectively. Ornaments that catch light, such as shiny gazing balls, work in some gardens. If it fits your style, install a decoration with moving parts to frighten deer and discourage them from stopping. Though hardly ornamental, aluminum pie plates are sometimes effective when hung from trees or made into mobiles, particularly in vegetable gardens. Homemade flapping scarecrows can be fun and effective, too.

However, it does indicate their toughness and toleration for urban pollution. Consider planting dusty miller in groups or even drifts with 1-ft. tall, white or pink zinnias, bronze fennel (Foeniculum vulgare ‘Purpureum’), or shrub verbena (Lantana camara). Nestling at the feet of silvery Russian sage (Perovskia) and bluebeard (Caryopteris ×clandonensis), dusty miller looks like a white skirt. For more impact, use it with purple-leaved Weigela Fine Wine (‘Bramwell’). Purple-leaved basil (Ocimum basilicum ‘Dark Opal’ or ‘Siam Queen’) is an interesting companion too, along with other dark-leaved plants.

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