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Although more expensive than annuals, perennial flowers are a great choice for growers to increase the attractiveness of gardens.

Perennial plants are not only vibrant in color, but garden centers and garden nurseries carry a wide selection of perennials early in the summer. Homeowners will be able to plant perennials including:

  • Virginia Bluebells
  • Verbena
  • Peonies
  • Iris (toxic to dogs)
  • Geraniums (toxic to dogs)
  • Coreopsis
  • Blanket Flower
  • Veronica
  • Perennial Sage
  • Aster
  • Daffodils
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Hibiscus

Some perennials, including daffodils, can be used as a deer barrier. Perennial plants appeal to home growers for their fragrance, but not by deer. Garlic is one of the most used herbs that deer cannot stand eating or smelling! In addition to lavender and mint, deer resist the urge to eat Columbine plants, rosemary and sage. Asparagus lovers will be glad to hear that deer hate the taste and will walk away from this green vegetable. These types of perennials can be planted in the summer to protect flowerbeds. 

Other deer resistance flowers to plant in fall include: Buckeye, Lilac, Viburnum, Butterfly Bushes, and Eastern Sweetshrubs.

Keep perennials and annual plants in-mind when designing your landscape to protect flowerbeds from deer damage.