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Plant These 8 Flowers to Deter Deer

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While there are plants that deer love to munch on, (check out our blog, A Deer’s Favorite Plants), there are also plants that they aren’t very fond of. Below is a list of some beautiful, easy-to-grow flowers that our deer fence company recommends for your garden. We want to warn you, however, that while most of these flowers don’t appeal to deer, deer are highly unpredictable and some may like them.

Daffodils

Daffodils are hearty flowers that can be planted nearly anywhere in the country. You’ll see their bright orange, yellow, or white trumpets and petals pop up before many other flowers come springtime.

To plant: Pick an area that is sunny or partly shady to plant these flowers and place each bulb 3-6 inches apart. Daffodils grow best in soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained.

Hyacinths

Hyacinths come in many different colors (like blue, purple, pink, and more) and are also able to grow nearly anywhere in the country. They carry a sweet fragrance and their tall clusters of blooms look great in rows of alternating colors.

To plant: Plant hyacinths at least 3 inches apart in an area that gets sun or a little shade. These flowers grow best in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

Bee Balm

Also known as horsemint, bee balm flowers often attract nectar-seeking creatures like hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies. These flowers grow to be 2-4 feet tall and are usually pink, red, or white.

To plant: Bee balm flowers should be planted in rich soil (they can tolerate wetness) in an area that gets a lot of sun or a little shade. Make sure you plant them 1-2 feet apart.

Golden Marguerite

Golden marguerites are cheery yellow daisy-like flowers that grow in clusters and spread quickly. They are very tolerant of container-growing and also of droughts, so they’re perfect for planting in areas with hot climates.

To plant: Plant golden marguerites in a sunny area and 18-24 inches apart. While these flowers will tolerate poor soil, they don’t prefer it.

Alliums

While the allium family can include onions, garlic, and shallots, there are also ornamental allium flowers that you can plant in your garden. Alliums come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, and are easy to grow.

To plant: Choose an area that gets a lot of sun and plant the bulbs 6-8 inches apart. Alliums can grow in nearly any soil, as long as it drains well. These flowers don’t like soggy soil.

Lily-of-the-Valley

When people think of spring and the smell of flowers, many people think of the fragrance that Lily-of-the-Valley flowers give. These flowers are dainty and grow in tiny rows of white on their plant stems.

To plant: Lily-of-the-Valley flowers are easy to grow and maintain. Plant these in a shaded area and in moist, but well-drained soil and about 1-2 inches apart.

Morning Glory

These popular flowers have a circular trumpet shape and can be found in blue, purple, white, red, and pink. Morning glory flowers like to climb (up to 15 feet in one season!), so they’re great for pergolas and arches.

To plant: These flowers need a lot of sun, so plant them in an open area about 6 inches apart. They grow well in moderately fertile soil that is well-drained.

Sea Hollies

Sea hollies are the perfect flower for those without a green thumb or those who are just starting to garden. These small, prickly flowers need little care and can even grow well in containers.

To plant: Sea hollies can grow in nearly any soil (including poor quality) and don’t need a lot of water. Plant them 1-3 feet apart and in an area with sun or light shade.

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