Deer- Resistant Plants?

Q: We recently planted some dwarf loropetalum and mahonia. We were told they were deer proof but the neighborhood deer ate them. We are looking at the following replacements: abelia, gardenia, camellia, osmanthus, and distylium. Any more?

A: You’ve made good choices for deer-resistance but I don’t think there is a plant in Georgia that deer won’t at least nibble when they are hungry or when the foliage is lush in spring. Consider adding a variegated yucca to your list. That’s another one deer seem to avoid. I have a good list of plants that deer prefer and plants that deer mostly avoid at

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