3 Pretty Perennials Deer Hate
Deer like to eat the same-old, same-old. Anything that's too fragrant, too strong or odd-tasting, and they stay away, unless they have no choice. If you live in an area with lots of deer, planning your landscaping takes on a new challenge. After all, you want your plants to stick around, and not become garnish for deer dinner. The following 3 perennials are good staples for any garden. And, for some reason or another, deer don't like them.
Bleeding Heart : "The Living Valentine"
There is something to be said for dependability. Dicentra spectabilis, Japanese Bleeding Heart, is an old-fashioned, time-tested perennial that stands up to our beautiful but pesky 4-legged friends. It blooms from late spring to early summer and is an extremely durable perennial, hardy to Zone 2. It's rounded in habit and reaches 2-3 feet in height. Bleeding Heart is an excellent choice for a shady border or as a cut flower, but requires adequate moisture during the summer months. Its rose-red flowers create an arching effect, and, because of their shape, have been referred to as "the living valentine". 'Alba' and 'Pantaloons' are cultivars which have white flowers.
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Catmint Looks and Smells Good
For a mid-summer blooming perennial, you'll love Catmint. Nepetea x faassenii is spreading to upright, ranging in height from 18" to 36". Hardy to Zone 3, it grows well in well-drained soil and full sun. It has lavender to blue trumpet-shaped flowers and will bloom a second time if the plant is cut back one half after the first flowering. It has silvery-gray to green young foliage that has a minty scent. It really looks good when paired with just about anything but is useful as a border or filler. Also, it provides a nice contrast when used as a groundcover under roses. Keep in mind, this plant spreads.
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You Can't Beat a Perennial Plant of the Year Award Winner
A past Perennial Plant Association's Perennial Plant of the Year, Russian Sage, or Perovskia atriplicifolia, provides late-summer or fall blooming color in the perennial garden. It develops slender, light-blue flower spikes borne on stems of gray-green foliage, all of which give a very light and airy feel to the plant. The flowers are long-lasting, blooming from early July to mid-September, and can be utilized in cut or dried form. Russian Sage matures at about 4 feet by 4 feet, likes full sun, is drought-tolerant, and hardy to Zone 5.
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