Most of us find out the hard way that hungry deer and rabbits will eat almost any vegetation within their reach. However, you can make your garden a little less inviting by including plants they dislike and avoiding those they prefer.
In general, deer avoid plants with a sticky, rough or fuzzy texture (like Euphorbia, Pulmonaria, Dusty Miller or Lamb’s Ears ) and plants with spiny protection (like Barberry). Not surprisingly, deer stay away from poisonous plants! Daffodils, foxgloves, and poppies are common flowers that have toxicity that deer avoid.
Deer also turn their noses up at fragrant plants with strong scents. Deer use their sense of smell to detect predators. Strongly-scented plants may “confuse” deer’s sense of smell, which makes them uneasy. Herbs such as sages, ornamental salvias, lavenders, thyme or peonies, and bearded irises are just “stinky” to deer.
Look for this icon on your plant tag!