Landscaping your overpopulated deer property is fun when you adapt your gardening skills to meet the challenge. Stop planting popular desserts, like hostas and hybrid daylilies for the deer’s dinner table. Attractive to night-browsing deer, the foliage will all be nibbled to ground level the next day.
It’s Time to Take to the Woods For Natural Ferns
Look around your property for native plants that grow happily along the deer trails. If they avoid it in the woods, they are not attracted to it in your yard:
- Lady Ferns: With lacy fronds of greenery, this fern fits anywhere. The roots are shallow-trailing types that reproduce abundantly and spread profusely. Growing “out-of-bounds” is easily avoided with attention and detail to trimming the outer edges. With your amended composted soil and extra care, lady ferns have the potential to grow more prolific than in the wild. Raising real estate values around shady foundation plantings is a plus.
- Christmas Fern: This one is evergreen and grows naturally in parts of the eastern United States. You have probably seen this variety greening up the roadsides along shade-dappled country lanes. Easy to transplant, its natural growth habit is fountain-shaped and grows from a main root. Always neat and well-groomed in appearance, the waxy green fronds makes it an easy-care choice.
Lilies and Other Ornamental Vegetation
Varieties of native wild plants bloom and grow undisturbed in neglected wooded areas. A nature walk can be productive for workable perennial plants to move to your gardens:
- Tiger Lilies: A brilliant orange in color, this lily is almost indestructible. Referred to by some as “ditch lilies,” they are amazingly easy to bring from the wild and naturalize. Their sword-like foliage remains attractive long after the blooms are faded. A good tall background plant, they multiply easily. Add some purple Ironweed for contrast.
- Monarda Bee Balm, Sweet Bergamont: Growing up to three or more feet, this is often chosen for old cottage garden charm. Planted by a white picket-fence, the blooms of the old Cambridge Scarlet resemble feathers. Add this to your foundation plantings and watch the constant summer-show of hummingbirds that are enticed to the fragrant tubular flowers.
- Spiderwort: Another sturdy plant with spiky foliage, Spiderwort has earned the old label of “Job’s Tears.” Named for the ability to weep deep-purple “tears” when the bloom is bruised, it grows peacefully in deer territory.
- Obedient Plant: Though this one is not wild, it can be a safe choice for the garden. Also called False Dragonhead, this one multiplies in semi-shade or sun.
Successful landscaping with deer-resistant plants is possible with the right choices. Begin the process today for a future relaxing yard and garden.