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Deer Resistant Herb Plants

The Growers Exchange can help you plant an herb garden that will deter damage caused by deer. Let's face it ~ deer are a nuisance in the garden. Minimize their damage by planting deer resistant herbs. You will be surprised at how many herbs are considered 'deer resistant'! You will have no trouble keeping deer out of this garden!

Please Note: We sell plants, NOT seeds. Our plants are big, healthy, well rooted and ready to plant - our standard pot is 3.5 inches. We do not ship our plants until they are ROOT READY. They will have good top growth unless they are coming in or out of dormancy. We grow all of our plants to the point that they are ready to go into the ground or container.

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Achillea millefolium Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow)

Beautiful in dried bouquets ~ perfect companion plant in the garden!

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Amsonia Blue Ice Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

Very adaptable majestic landscape plants.

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Anise Hyssop Anise Hyssop

Anise Hyssop is an attractive honey plant - bees love it!

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Bergamot (Bee Balm) Bergamot (Bee Balm)

Chosen as the 2013 Notable Native Herb by the Herb Society of America, we're honored to be their exclusive grower of this wonderfully versatile herb!

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Borage 'Blue' Borage 'Blue'

A beautiful, beneficial companion plant and refreshing culinary herb, Borage is wonderful in summer drinks and salads!

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Buddleia 'Black Knight' Buddleia 'Black Knight'

Buddleia 'Black Knight' offers rich, aromatic purple blooms that will continue all summer and attract lots of wildlife!

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Buddleia 'Nanho Purple' Buddleia 'Nanho Purple'

Buddleia 'Nanho Purple' is a sturdy perennial for full sun that attracts butterflies, birds and bees!

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Buddleia 'Royal Red' Buddleia 'Royal Red'

Buddleia 'Royal Red' produces lovely wine-red to fuchsia colored blooms that smell amazing all summer long!

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Catmint Catmint

Easy to grow, your kitties will love this hardy perennial, whether fresh or dried!

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Catnip Catnip

Catnip is a vigorous, high yielding plant that your kitty will love!

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Catnip 'Lemon' Catnip 'Lemon'

This lemon-scented Catnip will drive your kitties wild! It's even a natural insect repellent!

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coreopsis lanceolata lanceleaf Coreopsis 'Lanceleaf'

An easy to grow native wildflower with gorgeous color!

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Coreopsis Sienna Sunset Plants Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset'

Bring some striking color to your fall garden.

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Coreopsis X Route 66 Coreopsis X Route 66

Coreopsis will brighten your garden with its beautiful blending of burgundy and yellow colors!  It is very easy to grow!

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Datura 'Evening Fragrance' Datura 'Evening Fragrance'

A nocturnal blooming plant with an intoxicating fragrance!

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Datura 'Purple Ballerina' Datura 'Purple Ballerina'

A beautiful addition to your moon garden, these nocturnal beauties will sweetly scent your night!

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Digitalis 'Foxy' Digitalis 'Foxy'

An old fashioned favorite!

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Echinacea 'Magnus' Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'

A beautiful, long lasting perennial, this cone flower is a work horse in the garden and looks beautiful in cut bouquets!

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Epazote Epazote

Epazote is an herb well-known to Mexican and Caribbean cooking.  The name comes from the Aztec (Nahuatl) epazotl.

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Feverfew Feverfew

A fantastic stress relieving medicinal herb, Feverfew is also a beautiful bloomer that works well in arrangements.

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Germander 'Upright' Germander 'Upright'

Germander is a wonderful evergreen shrub that works well as both a small hedge or a ground cover. Wonderful for preventing erosion!

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Helianthus 'Swamp Sunflower' Helianthus 'Angustifolia'

A lovely perennial sunflower that will bloom late into the fall!

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Helianthus 'Maximiliani' Helianthus 'Maximiliani'

A tall and showy Helianthus perfect for your fall garden

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Heliotrope 'Marine' Heliotrope 'Marine'

Ideal for window boxes or hanging baskets!

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Horehound Horehound

A potent medicinal herb for treating respiratory infections, Horehound's fuzzy leaves are beautiful in the garden.

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St John’s Wort Hypericum 'St John’s Wort'

St John's wort is most widely known as an herbal treatment for depression.

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Hyssop Hyssop

Hyssop beautiful bloomer that will flower all summer long and attract lots of helpful bees and butterflies to the garden!

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Joe Pye Weed Joe Pye Weed

Joe Pye Weed is definitely not a weed, but a beautiful, aromatic perennial herb.

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Joe Pye, 'Little Joe' Joe Pye, 'Little Joe'

An adorable miniature version of Joe Pye Weed, the perfect nativar for the middle of the border

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Lantana 'Confetti' Lantana 'Confetti'

An explosion of color - blooming well into the fall - endless blooms in the hot climates

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Lantana 'Dallas Red' Lantana 'Dallas Red'

A great show of flowers that last from spring till frost - great for warm climates

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Lantana 'Lola' Lantana 'Lola'

A bold and bright yellow cluster of flowers that bloom continuously from Spring to Fall!

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Lantana 'Pink Caprice' Lantana 'Pink Caprice'

Our newest addition ~ gorgeous non stop yellow and pink blooms!

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Lantana 'Silver Mound' Lantana 'Silver Mound'

'Silver Mound' is a lovely lantana with creamy white blooms and a yellow eye

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Lantana 'Trailing Lavender' Lantana 'Trailing Lavender'

Lantana 'Trailing Lavender' has a trailing habit ~ lovely cascading blooms!

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Lantana 'Trailing White' Lantana 'Trailing White'

A trailing habit with beautiful light blooms ~ stunning in a hanging pot

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Lavender 'Grosso' Lavender 'Grosso'

This hardy lavender is best appreciated for its tall, sturdy growth habit and large, profuse blooms.

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Lavender 'Hidcote' Lavender 'Hidcote'

'Hidcote' has beautiful dark blue blooms that smell great and have great healing potential!

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Lavender 'Munstead' Lavender 'Munstead'

One of the best varieties of Lavender for its medicinal value, this aromatic bloomer has a smaller, shrubbier habit.

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Lavender 'Provence' Lavender 'Provence'

The ideal Lavender for crafts and potpourri, this variety is also deer and drought resistant!

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Lemon Balm Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm has a terrific lemon aroma that tastes great in teas and salads, and it's even a natural mosquito repellent!

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Lemon Verbena Lemon Verbena

One of our most popular herbs - perfect for any use in the garden or kitchen.  The fresh, lemony aroma is unforgettable!

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Lemongrass Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a potent medicinal herb, a light and flavorful culinary herb AND it keeps mosquitoes at bay!

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Lobelia Lobelia

The brilliant red blooms of this variety are a huge hit with hummingbirds and it grows nicely near water!

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Sweet Marjoram Marjoram 'Sweet'

'Sweet Marjoram' is an elegant and versatile culinary herb with a milder flavor than its cousin, Oregano.

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Mint 'Chocolate' Mint 'Chocolate'

This herb can best be described as peppermint with chocolate overtones.

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Mint 'Citrus Kitchen' Mint 'Citrus Kitchen'

This mint is a ‘must have’ for any culinary herb garden.  A strong and vigorous plant with a delicious citrus flavor.

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Mint 'Kentucky Colonel' Mint 'Kentucky Colonel'

Unusual curly leaves that are very attractive in the herb garden.  Famous as an essential ingredient in mint juleps.

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Mint 'Mojito' Mint 'Mojito'

A real mojito can only be made with the true Mojito Mint!

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Mint, Mountain Mint 'Mountain'

This herb has the strong minty scent without the invasive runners of regular mint.

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Mint 'Orange' Mint 'Orange'

This delicious citrus herb plant is perfect for summer drinks and fruit salads.

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Mint 'Peppermint' Mint 'Peppermint'

This mint is an old favorite - easy to grow, dependable and a delicious flavor.

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Mint, Apple Mint, 'Apple'

'Apple' is less invasive than other Mints and has a fruity menthol scent.

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Moonflower Moonflower

An amazing addition to your night garden, this nocturnal bloomer has an intoxicating perfume!

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Mullein Mullein

Herbalists recommend Mullein as one of the safest and most useful herbal lung tonics.

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Passion Flower Passion Flower

Bring butterflies to your garden!

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Perovskia 'Russian Sage' Perovskia 'Russian Sage'

Russian Sage is extremely valuable for its long season of beautiful blooms in the garden!

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Rosemary 'Arp' Rosemary 'Arp'

'Arp' has been introduced as an improved variety which shows better winter hardiness.

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Rosemary 'Hardy Hill' Rosemary 'Hardy Hill'

Upright and robust, this aromatic herb has a pleasing flavor and fragrance for cooking and soaps.

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Rosemary  'Prostrate' Rosemary 'Prostrate'

A low-spreading, evergreen shrub or ground cover. The leaves are VERY aromatic!

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Rosemary 'Salem' Rosemary 'Salem'

'Salem' Rosemary smells and tastes terrific and its stems make great shish kabob skewers.

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Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue' Rosemary 'Tuscan Blue'

'Tuscan Blue' Rosemary is a beautifully fragrant herb that produces wonderful dark blue flowers.

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Rue Herb Plants Rue

Rue is a beautiful yet very pungent herb that butterflies flock to!

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Sage 'Berggarten' Sage 'Berggarten'

A dense, compact growers with lovely silver-blue leaves and pungent aroma

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Sage 'Common' Sage 'Common'

A wonderful sage, all around plant for every use!

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Sage 'Pineapple' Sage 'Pineapple'

The bruised leaves of Pineapple Sage are an aromatic delight!

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Sage 'Purple' Sage 'Purple'

Purple Sage is the most medically valuable Sage and tastes great in stews and on meats!

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Sage Tricolor Sage 'Tricolor'

The variegated leaves of Tricolor Sage are a wonderful accent in the garden.

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White Sage Sage 'White'

White Sage is a wonderful natural insect repellant, cleanser and is most commonly burned to repel negative energy. It makes a great medicinal tea! Also known as Bee Sage, or a Smudge Stick plant.

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Scented Geranium 'Attar of Rose' Scented Geranium 'Attar of Rose'

The beautiful violet and lavender blooms keep coming back each
year!

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Scented Geranium - Citrosa Scented Geranium 'Citronella'

'Citronella' Scented Geraniums have a citronella scent but it is debatable if they actually repel insects.

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Scented Geranium 'Lime' Scented Geranium 'Lime'

One of Our Favorites!

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Herb Plants That Resist Deer

Deer Resistant Herb Plants

There was a time during U.S. history when a white-tailed deer in the wild was an unusual sight. Today, however, the species is considered a success story of modern wildlife management techniques; and thanks to state wildlife agencies and non-profit organizations, deer populations have made an enormous come-back. In fact, efforts are considered to have been almost too successful in some areas. To understand why, you need only look out across some eastern forests to observe what is known as a “browse-line,” the height below which every leaf, twig and blade of grass has been stripped clean by hungry deer. If you share your property with a healthy deer herd, they no doubt have already set their sights on your garden. Unless you don’t mind planting a garden to feed them, you consequently must either devise ways to keep them out or risk them devouring all your tasty plants--leaves, stems and all.

Deer-Proof Fencing

Installing deer-proof fencing is one option to keep your garden safe from plundering herbivores. However, fencing is not the simplest and definitely not the least expensive choice. Because an adult deer can jump over seven vertical feet, an effective fence should be at least eight feet in height. When fences are shorter than this, deer can become snared in the wires by a back leg and suspended helplessly. If you have ever heard the pitiful bleats of a fawn separated from its mother on the opposite side of a fence then you can understand the necessity of installing a fence of sufficient height. For most people, the construction of a fence of this size is not a practical option.

Plants as a Living Fence, to Ward Off Deer

A simpler, less costly and more humane strategy employed by many gardeners is to install a sort of “virtual” fence made from plants rather than stainless steel. This concept does not imply an impenetrable hedge made of dense vines; a living fence instead makes use of the fact that while deer and humans do share some tastes in food, they also have some definite differences in opinion. The most salient difference is that deer in general do not like anything with a strong smell; and the good news is that this distaste includes many odors that humans consider pleasant. Thus, a plant-based deer-repelling fence can be made from a variety of desirable herbs that you can also use in your kitchen.

What to Plant: Herbs Deer Hate

It may seem as though deer have an insatiable appetite for anything green. It is true that most animals will put aside their personal preferences and eat almost anything when truly hungry. However, under normal conditions the list of aromatic herbs deer don’t find palatable is actually quite long. Luckily, these species also have abundant uses in the home and are good choices in any herb garden with or without a deer problem.

  • Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium): This gorgeous ornamental is often planted for aesthetic value alone, but can be made into a tea and used to treat intestinal worms.
  • Onion (Allium sp.): Leeks, onions, chives and garlic are all closely related. Sulfur compounds are responsible for their smell, but their quercetin content is what makes them great immune system boosters.
  • Mint (Mentha sp.): Mints come in different varieties and are used in many recipes, from meats to mojitos. Besides being largely unpalatable to deer, they also tend to ward off insects and mice.
  • Lavender (Lavandula sp.): Lavender is everyone’s favorite purple flower because of its enchanting scent. It is responsible for the flavor that gives the spice combination Herbes de Provence its unique twist.
  • Rosemary (Rosmarius sp.): The best herbal accompaniment to lamb, rosemary also has healing properties when infused into oil and applied to the skin.

For more herbs and other types of herbivore-resistant plants to consider, consult the plants listed in this category. You can also refer to this list by Rutgers’s University that ranks them by palatability.

What Might Attract Deer

Herbs that deer especially enjoy include basil (Ocimum basilicum), parsley (Petroselinum crispum), cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), and sea holly (Eryngium sp.); setting them out in the open is like sending a formal invitation to your yard. Try to avoid planting these or other deer-attracting plants such as hostas (Hosta sp.) and fruit trees (Prunus sp.) around the perimeter of your garden. If your own culinary tastes require some of the fresh herbs also enjoyed by deer, consider potting some in a sunny window sill of your kitchen. You can also try interspersing your desired vegetables and flowers with some of the deer-resistant herbs mentioned above.

White-tailed deer are wonderful to see in the wild and are an important component of many ecosystems. While it may take some planning, your attempts to live in harmony with these hungry forest neighbors can succeed if you choose your garden herbs with care.