Bulbs Deer Hate

Gardening with deer has it’s headaches and bulbs are one of them. The spring garden comes alive with bulbs and not to have them is a real shame. There are some bulbs that deer won’t touch and over the years by trial and error I’ve gotten to know which ones they are.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening.

Fall is when we plant most of our bulbs and it is a fairly big chore. Nothing is more disappointing than to watch your bulbs grow in the spring and just before blooming, crunch goes the bud into a deers mouth. If you plant bulbs that deer like you will most likely never see a flower.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

Many of the deer proof bulbs are on the smaller side, so for best effect choose a couple you like and plant lots of them. Grow them in drifts or pockets around large rocks or garden statuary. That way they will stand out and you will get more bang for your buck. It’s always more effective to plant bulbs in groups of similar types than just a few of each kind scattered all over the garden. 

Here is list of the bulbs I grow successfully, even with deer literally living in my rural garden. It always feels good when I can outsmart them!

DEER RESISTANT BULBS:

DAFFODIL (Narcissus) grow from 3-16 inches tall with many varieties to choose from.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

CROWN IMPERIAL (Fritillaria i.) is one of the taller types at 3 feet tall. Makes a great statement.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

SIBERIAN SQUILL (Scilla) will spread quickly to naturalize an area.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

ALLIUM from short to 4 foot giants.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

GRAPE HYACINTH (Muscari) grown in tight clumps with blue, purple or white flowers.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

BLUE BELLS prefer the shade and a moist soil.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

DOG TOOTH VIOLET (Erythronium g.) is a gorgeous and unique woodland bulb.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

CHECKERED LILY (Fritillaria) requires shady and moist conditions.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

GLORY OF THE SNOW (Chinodoxa) is good in shade, part sun and moist soil.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

WINTER ACONITE (Eranthis) is one of the first bulbs to bloom in the spring. The bees love it.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

SNOWDROPS (Galanthus n.) is another very early bloomer, sometimes blooming underneath the snow.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

HYACINTH are very aromatic and are also poisonous.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

SUMMER SNOWFLAKE (Leucojum a.) is a small drooping bell shape and very pretty.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

STARFLOWER (Ipheion) is early spring with a star shaped flower. Does tend to let off a bit of an odour so I prefer to plant in away from my doors and sitting areas.

Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening

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Bulbs deer hate with Sensible Gardening. Many lovely choices for your garden.

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