Deer Resistant Annuals
One of the nemeses of a gardener is the unwanted visits of deer in your yard. They feed voraciously in the spring and one visit can devastate a lot of loving care and hard work, not to mention turn your flower bed into an expensive deer smorgasbord.
I could hardly wait for my lilies to bloom when my elusive friends arrived at blooming time. Bit by bit, they plucked off the long awaited flower buds and left me with the unrequited joy that I would never see any color in my flower beds. I maintain a love-hate relationship with these long legged creatures, I love to observe them and realize they also need to eat but not my flowers!!!!
Surprisingly, there are a number of annual plants that do not appeal to deer (although when hungry, they will eat almost anything).
The following is a list of some deer resistant annuals. Deer may find them least appetizing to eat unless they are desperate.
Begonia (Wax) not always
Blanket flower (Gailardia pulchella)
Cleome (Cleome Hassierana)
Dusty Miller (Senecia Cineraria)
Foreget-Me-Not (Myosotis sylvatic)
Four-O’Clock (Mirabalis Jalapa)
Morning Glory (Ipomoea)
Polka-Dot Plant (Hypoestes)
Salvia (Salvia farinacea)
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
Sweet alysum (Lobularia maritime)
Verbena (verbena X hybrida
Herbs: Thyme, rosemary, sage, parsley, basil
For additional information on deer resistant perennials