5 Best Deer-Resistant Herbs

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Below are the top five deer resistant herbs. You might notice mint did not make the list. Mint is also a deterrent, but it is highly invasive and will soon take over. The following herbs are useful for eating, enjoying their beauty, and best of all, do not taste good to deer. If you have a serious problem, however, do not count on herbs alone to do the job of ridding deer from your garden

Herbs are definitely one fragrant and useful plant to grow, but there are other deer-resistant plants such as ground covers, shrubs, trees, and flowers that deer prefer to leave alone.

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    Rosemary plant
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    What makes rosemary so wonderful, its unique smell, also makes it unpalatable to deer and other wildlife. Due to its tender nature, in northern climates, keep rosemary planted in large pots. You can then bury the pots wherever you want them to grow during your hottest months. Look for both upright and trailing varieties to add visual interest in your herb garden.

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    Russian Sage

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    If you are looking for a stunning herb specimen for a focal point, privacy, beauty, and scent, then Russian sage is your herb. This gorgeous herb will grow up to 5 feet tall, smells fantastic and requires very little care. Both the foliage and flowers are heavily scented, making it a wonderful addition to your herbal landscape that the deer dislike.

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    Bee Balm

    Bee Balm Herb
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    Bee balm is one of the most striking and useful herbs to have in your herb gardens. Its color is eye-catching to you as well as attractive to both butterflies and bees. Bee balm can also be used to repel deer. Find your favorite variety of bee balm and plant it in container gardens as well as background color in your beds that edge the yard.

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    Yarrow Flowers Blooming Outdoors
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    Yarrow is a wonderful herb to add to your herb garden. You can choose from a variety of colors and growing habits, but each will have the same deterrent effect on deer. If you are using yarrow for medicinal purposes, you could also let it seed itself along the edges of your landscaping design, to ward off deer and allow you to enjoy the lovely flowers, as well as feathery foliage.

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    Bee pollinating Lavender in a Lavender Field
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    Lavender is a wonderful herb to grow in any size herb garden. Its heady fragrance is loved by almost everyone, and the beauty of the plant itself is unrivaled. Plant lavender borders along the sides of your garden that seem to invite deer traffic the most. If you can not plant an in-ground border, lavender also grows very well in containers.

Final Thoughts

Using deer resistant herbs is a great way to reduce deer damage in your landscape. Do remember that hungry deer will eat even the most unpalatable plants, so this method is not foolproof in times of stress for the wildlife.