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.
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.
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.
CROWN IMPERIAL (Fritillaria i.) is one of the taller types at 3 feet tall. Makes a great statement.
SIBERIAN SQUILL (Scilla) will spread quickly to naturalize an area.
ALLIUM from short to 4 foot giants.
GRAPE HYACINTH (Muscari) grown in tight clumps with blue, purple or white flowers.
BLUE BELLS prefer the shade and a moist soil.
DOG TOOTH VIOLET (Erythronium g.) is a gorgeous and unique woodland bulb.
CHECKERED LILY (Fritillaria) requires shady and moist conditions.
GLORY OF THE SNOW (Chinodoxa) is good in shade, part sun and moist soil.
WINTER ACONITE (Eranthis) is one of the first bulbs to bloom in the spring. The bees love it.
SNOWDROPS (Galanthus n.) is another very early bloomer, sometimes blooming underneath the snow.
HYACINTH are very aromatic and are also poisonous.
SUMMER SNOWFLAKE (Leucojum a.) is a small drooping bell shape and very pretty.
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.
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