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. 

Southwest

 

Acer rubrum 'Autumn Flame'

Red Maple

Actaea rubra

Red Baneberry

Allium cernuum

Nodding Onion

Amorpha fruticosa

False Indigo Bush

Andropogon gerardii

Big Bluestem

Anemone canadensis

Windflower

Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'

Wild Columbine

Aquilegia canadensis 'Pink Lanterns'

Wild Columbine

Aquilegia chrysantha

Golden Columbine

Arctostaphylos uva-ursi 'Massachusetts'

Common Bearberry

Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed

Asclepias subulata

Desert Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Weed

Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

Butterfly Weed

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

Calylophus berlandieri 'Tucson Sun'

Tucson Sun Sundrops

Campsis radicans

Trumpet Vine

Carnegiea gigantea

Saguaro

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Button Bush

Cercis canadensis

Eastern Redbud

Chasmanthium latifolium

Northern Sea Oats

Cheilanthes lanosa

Hairy lipfern

Chrysactinia mexicana

Damianta Daisy

Cotinus obovatus

American Smoke Tree

Dalea greggii

Trailing Indigo Bush

Dasylirion wheeleri

Desert spoon

Dodecatheon meadia

Shooting Star

Dodonaea viscosa

Green Hopseed Bush

Dryopteris filix-mas

Male fern

Echinacea pallida

Pale 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

Euphorbia antisyphilitica

Candelilla

Gaillardia aristata 'Burgundy'

Blanketflower

Helenium flexuosum 'Tiny Dancer'

Sneezeweed

Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun'

Smooth oxeye

Ilex glabra 'Densa'

Inkberry

Ilex verticillata

Winterberry

Iris virginica var. shrevei

Blueflag Iris

Juncus effusus

Soft rush

Juniperus communis 'Blueberry Delight'

Common 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

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Compacta'

Compact Texas Ranger

Leucophyllum frutescens 'Green Cloud'

Green Cloud Texas Ranger

Leucophyllum laevigatum

Chihuahuan Rain Sage

Leucophyllum laevigatum 'Lynns Legacy'

Lynns Everblooming Ranger

Leucophyllum zygophyllum

Blue Ranger

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

Magnolia virginiana 'Moon Glow'

Sweetbay Magnolia

Melampodium leucanthum

Black Foot Daisy

Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa 'Claire Grace'

Wild Bergamot

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Pink Muhlygrass

Muhlenbergia capillaris

Regal Mist Grass

Muhlenbergia rigens

Deer Grass

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

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 baccharifolius

Rock Penstemon

Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red'

Tall White Beardtongue

Phlox divaricata 'Parksville Beach'

Woodland Phlox

Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners'

Obedient Plant

Physostegia virginiana 'Pink Manners'

Pink Manners Obedient Plant

Podophyllum peltatum

Mayapple

Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas Fern

Potentilla fruticosa 'Coronation Triumph'

Shrubby Cinquefoil

Potentilla fruticosa 'Setting Sun'

Setting Sun Shrubby Cinquefoil

Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'

Mexican Hat Plant

Rhus glabra

Smooth Sumac

Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow'

Prairie Glow Brown-Eyed Susan

Salvia clevelandii

Cleveland 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

Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne'

Blue-eyed Grass

Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'

Goldenrod

Sophora secundiflora

Texas Mountain Laurel

Sorghastrum nutans

Indian Grass

Sorghastrum nutans 'Sioux Blue'

Sioux Blue Indian Grass

Sporobolis wrightii 'Windbreaker'

Windbreaker Big Sacaton

Symphoricarpos albus

Common snowberry

Tagetes lemmonii

Mt. Lemon Marigold

Taxodium distichum

 

Tecoma stans v. 'angustata'

Yellow Bells

Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Blaze'

Arrowwood