While we all know that deer will eat anything if they are hungry enough, there are plenty of plants they don’t generally care for. It’s entirely possible to create a deer resistant garden with trees, shrubs, ferns, grasses and perennials that will be less likely to see damage from deer browsing. The following is a list of plants in the American Beauties assortment that deer tend not to like. 

Lower Midwest

 

Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame'

Red Maple

Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'

Misty Blue White Baneberry

Actaea rubra

Red Baneberry

Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion

Amorpha fruticosa

False Indigo Bush

Amsonia hubrichtii

Threadleaf bluestar

Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

Anemone canadensis

Windflower

Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis 'Corbett'

Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis 'Pink Lanterns'

Wild Columbine

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

Common Bearberry

Aronia melanocarpa

Black Chokeberry

Aronia melanocarpa 'Viking'

Black Chokeberry

Asarum canadense

Wild Ginger

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

Butterfly Weed

Aster ericoides 'Snow Flurry'

Heath aster

Aster ericoides 'Syn. Symphyotrichum ericoides'

White Heath Aster

Aster novae-angliae 'Alma Potchke'

New England Aster

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

New England Aster

Aster novae-angliae 'Vibrant Dome'

Vibrant Dome New England Aster

Aster oblongifolius 'Raydon's Favorite'

Aromatic aster

Athyrium filix-femina

Lady Fern

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'

Lady Fern

Baptisia australis

Wild Indigo

Baptisia minor

Dwarf Wild Indigo

Berlandiera lyrata

Chocolate Flower

Bouteloua curtipendula

Side Oats Grama

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Callirhoe involucrata

Wine Cups

Caltha palustris

Marsh Marigold

Calycanthus floridus

Eastern Sweetshrub

Campsis radicans

Trumpet Vine

Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb'

Sedge

Carex muskingumensis 'Oehme'

Palm Sedge

Carex pensylvanica

Pennsylvania Sedge

Caulophyllum thalictroides

Blue Cohosh

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Button Bush

Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern Sea Oats

Cheilanthes lanosa

Hairy lipfern

Chelone obliqua 'Tiny Tortuga'

Turtlehead

Cimicifuga racemosa

Bugbane

Coreopsis palmata

Prairie Coreopsis

Coreopsis pubescens 'Sunshine Superman'

Star Tickseed

Coreopsis verticillata

Threadleaf Tickseed

Dennstaedtia punctilobula

Hay-scented Fern

Dicentra cucullaria

Dutchman's Breeches

Dicentra eximia

Fringed Bleeding Heart

Diervilla lonicera

Low Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera 'Copper'

Copper Low Bush Honeysuckle

Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting Star

Dryopteris filix-mas

Male fern

Dryopteris marginalis

Marginal Shield Fern

Echinacea pallida

Pale Coneflower

Echinacea paradoxa

Yellow Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

Eastern Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Happy Star'

Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

Purple coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendor'

Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Ruby Star'

Coneflower

Eragrostis spectabilis

Purple Lovegrass

Eryngium yuccifolium

Rattlesnake Master

Eupatorium coelestinum

Mist Flower/Hardy Ageratum

Gaillardia aristata 'Burgundy'

Blanketflower

Gentiana andrewsii

Bottle Gentian

Geranium maculatum

Wild Spotted Geranium

Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'

Cranesbill

Hamamelis virginianum 'Harvest Moon'

Harvest Moon Witchhazel

Helenium flexuosum 'Tiny Dancer'

Sneezeweed

Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun'

Smooth oxeye

Heuchera americana 'Green Spice'

Green Spice Coral Bells

Heuchera villosa 'Autumn Bride'

Coral Bells

Ilex opaca

American Holly

Ilex verticillata

Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Red Sprite'

Red Sprite Winterberry

Ilex verticillata 'Winter Red'

Winter Red Winterberry

Iris cristata

Dwarf Crested Iris

Iris cristata 'Alba'

White Crested Iris

Iris cristata 'Tennessee White'

White Crested Iris

Iris virginica var. shrevei

Blueflag Iris

Juncus effusus

Soft rush

Juniperus communis 'Blueberry Delight'

Common Juniper

Juniperus horizontalis 'Blue Rug'

Blue Rug Juniper

Juniperus virginiana

Eastern Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana 'Blue Arrow'

Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana 'Blue Mountain'

Blue Mountain Juniper

Juniperus virginiana 'Burkii'

Burkii Red Cedar

Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca'

Silver Eastern Redcedar

Kalmia latifolia 'Pink Charm'

Mountain Laurel

Liatris spicata

Dense Blazing Star

Liatris spicata 'Kobold'

Gayfeather or Blazing Star

Lindera benzoin

Spicebush

Lobelia cardinalis

Cardinal Flower

Lobelia siphilitica

Great Blue Lobelia

Lonicera sempervirens

Trumpet Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Trumpet honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

Trumpet Honeysuckle

Lupinus perennis

Sundial Wild Lupine

Lythrum alatum

Winged Loosestrife

Matteuccia struthiopteris

Ostrich Fern

Monarda didyma 'Blue Stocking'

Bee Balm

Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'

Bee Balm

Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

Wild Bergamot

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Pink Muhlygrass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Regal Mist Grass

Oenothera fruticosa 'Fireworks'

Evening Primrose

Oenothera macrocarpa 'Comanche Campfire'

Comanche Campfire Primrose

Oenothera speciosa

Mexican Evening Primrose

Opuntia santa-rita

Santa Rita Purple Prickly Pear

Osmunda cinnamomea

Cinnamon Fern

Ostrya virginiana

Eastern Hornbeam

Pachysandra procumbens

Allegheny Spurge

Packera aurea

Golden Groundsel

Panicum virgatum 'Cape Breeze'

Cape Breeze Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Haense Herms'

Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Northwind'

Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Switchgrass

Parthenium integrifolium

Wild Quinine,American Feverfew

Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Virginia Creeper

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Tall White Beardtongue

Phlox divaricata 'Parksville Beach'

Woodland Phlox

Phlox maculata 'Flower Power'

Flower Power Summer Phlox

Phlox maculata 'Natascha'

Natasha Summer Phlox

Phlox stolonifera 'Fran's Purple'

Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Drummond Pink'

Creeping Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Blue'

Emerald Blue Moss Phlox

Phlox subulata 'Emerald Pink'

Moss Phlox

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'

Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana 'Pink Manners'

Pink Manners Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid'

obedient plant

Pinus strobus

Eastern White Pine

Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapple

Polemonium reptans

Jacob's Ladder

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'

Jacob's Ladder

Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

Porteranthus trifoliatus

Bowman's Root

Potentilla fruticosa 'Coronation Triumph'

Shrubby Cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa 'Setting Sun'

Setting Sun Shrubby Cinquefoil

Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'

Mexican Hat Plant

Rhus aromatica

Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica 'Gro-Low'

Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac

Rhus copallinum

Shining Sumac

Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow'

Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

Lyre-leaved Sage

Sambucus canadensis

American Elderberry

Sambucus canadensis 'Adams'

Elderberry

Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Prairie Blues'

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation'

Standing Ovation Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium 'The Blues'

Little Bluestem

Scutellaria incana

Downy Scullcap

Scutellaria ovata

Heart-leaved Skullcap

Sedum ternatum 'Larinem Park'

Whorled Stonecrop

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne'

Blue-eyed Grass

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Goldenrod

Sorghastrum nutans

Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'

Sioux Blue Indian Grass

Spiraea alba var. latifolia

Meadowsweet

Spiraea tomentosa

Steeplebush

Sporobolis wrightii 'Windbreaker'

Windbreaker Big Sacaton

Sporobolus heterolepis 'Tara'

Dwarf Prairie Dropseed

Symphoricarpos albus

Common snowberry

Taxodium distichum

 

Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry'

Foamflower

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavender Towers'

Culver's root

Viburnum dentatum

Southern Arrowwood

Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Blaze'

Arrowwood

Viburnum rufidulum

Rusty Blackhaw Viburnum

Viola labradorica

Labrador Violet

Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'

American Wisteria

Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon'

American Wisteria

Yucca filamentosa

Adam's Needle

Yucca filamentosa 'Excalibur'

Excalibur Adam's Needle