We are rarely visited by deer in our part of Eugene. In fact, the hungry boogers haven't browsed in our garden for a few years now... until today. Fortunately, the damage wasn't bad - just the tips of a rose and some raspberries - but it was enough to remind us of how much damage some uninvited guests can do.
Many of our clients' gardens can seem like deer superhighways, however. With a lot of experimentation and a little help from our friends, we've developed a broad deer-resistant palette. Of course, there's no such thing as a "deer proof" plant, and every garden is different, but these photos of frequently visited gardens might surprise anyone who thinks they can't share a great garden with deer.
The below page from the April '08 Sunset fails to mention that the garden in the photograph is one of our best testing grounds for deer. The photo features two of our favorite types of deer-resistant plants: dwarf conifers (in the photo - Picea sitchensis 'Papoose') and hellebores (Helleborus x Sternii).
Do you have deer? Have you discovered any plants that aren't on the conventional lists? We're always searching for new ideas, and we hope you'll leave a comment with your "finds" below.