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5 Best Deer Resistant Herbs

What Herbs Repel Deer?


Here are the top 5 deer resistant herbs. I have purposely left out mint. Mint is also a deterrent, but I hesitate to urge gardeners to plant mint throughout their yards, as 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. Here are my top 5 deer resistant herbs.

1. Rosemary

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 gardens.

2. Russian Sage

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.

3. Bee Balm

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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.

4. Yarrow

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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.

5. Lavender

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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 inground border, lavender also grows very well in containers.
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