Sure, we all love nature, but it can be really sad to see your prize tulips munched back to the ground by deer. How can we avoid losing our precious plants without harming nature? It’s a matter of choosing deer resistant bulbs. The deer don’t like them, so they get to graze elsewhere and you still get your stunning floral display. There’s a happy ending! Both you and the deer are happy. So what should you plant?
Alliums are a great choice. Deer generally leave them alone and the stunning heads of blooms are a sight to behold in season. There are also plenty of varieties to choose from and DutchGrown has a lovely selection of all the best ones on offer.
You’re going to love your display of Daffodils and Narcissus and luckily for you, the deer would rather eat grass, so your spring flowers are perfectly safe. Living in the country doesn’t mean you have to go without all your favourite spring flowers.
Crocuses are another safe bet when it comes to deer cuisine. They really don’t like them so you’re not setting up a snack-bar for wildlife when you plan your spring floral display. Are you fond of Irises? Deer aren’t, so here’s another option that adds to your palette of colour.
Get early spring blooms with gorgeous Fritillarias. Also, Grape Hyacinth (Muscari varieties) offer a great selection for edging and low-growing mass plantings and once again, the deer just aren’t interested. Have you ever wondered why Bluebells bloom in such profusion in the woods? They’re deer resistant, of course! Chiondoxa is another enchanting, dwarf bulb for the deer resistant garden.
Snowdrops always make us realise that spring has come and both the genera commonly known as Snowdrops: Eranthis and Galanthus will not be favourites that make up part of the deer’s dinner. Hyacinths and Scilla are also not among their tastiest treats.
One word of warning, although deer generally leave these species alone, there are times when they might surprise you by seeming to develop a sudden liking for them. Working with nature is always surprising!