50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat

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Keeping your beautiful garden safe from deer is as simple as choosing the right plants. In 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, gardening expert Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the most versatile and drool-worthy options: white snowdrops that bloom in the spring; shade-loving, electric gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in vibrant reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden in the autumn.

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Overview

Keeping your beautiful garden safe from deer is as simple as choosing the right plants. In 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, gardening expert Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the most versatile and drool-worthy options: white snowdrops that bloom in the spring; shade-loving, electric gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in vibrant reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden in the autumn.

Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs of every plant, this inspiring guide offers everything a plant-lover with a deer problem needs to know. In addition to the 50 best annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus advice on how to grow them — Clausen includes dozens of deer-resistant companions and smart design tips for pulling it all together. And here's the best part: your gorgeous garden will be irresistible to everyone but those pesky deer.

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Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide."
Sunset Magazine Fresh Dirt Blog
Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer.
— Jim McCausland
The Daily Cortlandt
If you think deer are dear, but not necessarily in your garden, you may want to consult Ruth Clausen's new book.
— Katherine Pacchiana
Open-Line Gardening Show
Ruth Rogers Clausen's book "50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants" is simply the best book I have read on this subject.
— Bruce Zimmerman
East Oregonian
I loved all the great suggestions in this book. Clausen includes plants for all landscape areas and the selections provide for varied and interesting plantings.
— Kathryn Brown
Omaha World-Herald
I especially like… Clausen’s deer-resistance ratings.
— Jan Riggenbach
The Denver Post
As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in.
Christian Science Monitor
Using Clausen’s hand-picked varieties, it would be hard to fail at creating a cohesively designed deer-resistant garden that is a pleasure to spend time in.
— Genevieve Schmidt
Garden Rant
An exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen
— Susan Harris
Garden of Possibilities blog
I highly recommend 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants for every gardener who battles bambi on a regular basis.
— Deborah Roberts
Sunset Magazine Fresh Dirt Blog - Jim McCausland
Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer.
The Daily Cortlandt - Katherine Pacchiana
If you think deer are dear, but not necessarily in your garden, you may want to consult Ruth Clausen's new book.
Open-Line Gardening Show - Bruce Zimmerman
Ruth Rogers Clausen's book "50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants" is simply the best book I have read on this subject.
East Oregonian - Kathryn Brown
I loved all the great suggestions in this book. Clausen includes plants for all landscape areas and the selections provide for varied and interesting plantings.
Omaha World-Herald - Jan Riggenbach
I especially like… Clausen’s deer-resistance ratings.
The Denver Post - Jodi Torpey
As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in.
Christian Science Monitor - Genevieve Schmidt
Using Clausen’s hand-picked varieties, it would be hard to fail at creating a cohesively designed deer-resistant garden that is a pleasure to spend time in.
Garden Rant - Susan Harris
An exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen
Garden of Possibilities blog - Deborah Roberts
I highly recommend 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants for every gardener who battles bambi on a regular basis.
Library Journal
Freelance garden writer Clausen (former horticulture editor, Country Living Gardener; Perennials for American Gardens) shares her years of experience preventing deer from destroying ornamental gardens. She begins by explaining her deer-resistance rating for plants, then offers a brief section on deterring deer, in which she covers topics from fences to repellents. The heart of her book focuses on designing a deer-resistant garden using 50 plants that deer do not often find palatable. Each subsection (annuals, perennials, shrubs, ferns, bulbs, herbs, and grasses) is arranged by common name. Each plant has a three-page entry that includes the scientific name, USDA hardiness zones, mature size, deer-resistance rating, description of the plant, cultural information, how to use the plant, descriptions of available cultivars, and numerous suggestions of pleasing plant combinations. Each entry has a beautiful full-page photograph of the plant. VERDICT This visually appealing, practical, authoritative book is highly recommended for gardeners in deer country who would like to have a beautiful garden without fencing as their only solution.—Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604691955
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 186,364
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ruth Rogers Clausen’s Perennials for American Gardens (Random House, 1989, with coauthor Nicolas H. Ekstrom) received the Quill & Trowel Award for 1990 from the Garden Writers Association. She has also written for the American Garden Guides Series: Perennial Gardening with The New York Botanical Garden, Annual Gardening with Missouri Botanical Garden, and Trees with Chicago Botanic Garden. Her Dreamscaping was published by Hearst Books. Ruth has contributed articles to several of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s handbooks. Former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine, she often serves as a judge at flower shows. She gardens in Westchester County, New York. She is the author of 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants.

Noted garden, nature, and landscape photographer Alan L. Detrick’s award-winning work has appeared worldwide in major publications including Audubon, Garden Design, Horticulture, Modern Maturity, Natural History, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Sunset. An experienced instructor, Alan has lectured and led photography workshops for professional organizations and public gardens including the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, the Garden Writers Association, The New York Botanical Garden, Chanticleer Garden, Brookside Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. In addition to owning a stock photography agency, Alan and his wife and business partner Linda also provide photographic services for landscape architects and garden designers. In 2005 they were honored as Fellows of the Garden Writers Association. They reside in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He is the author of Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers.

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