18 Deer-Resistant Shade Plants That Will Brighten Up Your Garden
Gardening where deer are plentiful can be challenging, especially in shady conditions. When you're looking for deer-proof shade plants, here are a few with textures and tastes that these creatures tend to shy away from (although no plant can be considered completely deer resistant).
Sherwood Compact Mugo Pine
A truly dwarf mugo pine, with a wonderful dense habit and rounded, upright shape. Small, densely-needled stems accented in winter by golden tips and shiny whitish fascicles, giving the plant a radiant look. This slow growing evergreen requires no pruning
'Blue Ice' Arizona Cypress
'Blue Ice' Arizona Cypress In the scorching summer heat, a glance at the cool powdery blue ‘Blue Ice’ Arizona Cypress (Cupressus arizonica var. glabra ‘Blue Ice’) might give you a brief respite from the unmerciful temperatures. This fast growing, dense, pyramidal shaped conifer was selected as one of the “Best Woody Plants of 2007 “by the University of Tennessee. The University of Arkansas Agricultural Institute reports var. glabra cultivars are hardier than the species and their striking…
Kashmir Cypress, Cupressus cashmeriana, Tree Seeds (Fragrant Weeping Evergreen)
The foliage, in addition to it glaucous-blue beauty, is very aromatic, and hangs in pendulous, flat sprays. The fruit are small, round, marble-shaped cones that ripen to a rich coppery brown color. Kashmir Cypress is a beautiful evergreen conifer native to Tibet, growing 40 to 60 feet tall.