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

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

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by Ruth Rogers Clausen
     
 

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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

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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.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Reference and Research Book News
"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide."
From the Publisher

“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.” —Library Journal starred review

“Take her tips, and you just might convince the deer to eat at a restaurant down the street.” —Good House Keeping

“Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer.” —Fresh Dirt Blog

“An exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen.” —Garden Rant

“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.” —Christian Science Monitor

“As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in.” —The Denver Post

“Ruth Rogers Clausen’s book 50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants is simply the best book I have read on this subject.” —Open-Line Gardening Show Four Star Review

“Finally here’s a wise, inspiring, and easy-to-use resource for landowners and gardeners who are fortunate enough to love in deer country. . . . a gardener who follows Clausen’s advice can create stress-reducing gardens that give year-round pleasure.” —Virginia Wildlife Magazine

“Ruth Rogers Clausen’s Timber Press book, 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, offers gardeners a great way to landscape without concern for deer damage.” —Virginian-Pilot

“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.” —East Oregonian

“Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to all deer-plagued gardeners, from those who are just beginning to those who are advanced. Anyone tired of the never-ending battle with the deer needs to have this book by their side!” —GossipintheGarden.com

“Ruth Clausen is one of the best-known names in garden writing, and a trusted source for the most in-depth and reliable information.” —Real Dirt Radio
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
Reference and Research Book News - Jim McCausland
"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide.
Reference and Research Book News - Katherine Pacchiana
"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide."
Sunset Magazine Fresh Dirt Blog - Bruce Zimmerman
Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer.
The Daily Cortlandt - Kathryn Brown
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 - Jan Riggenbach
Ruth Rogers Clausen's book "50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants" is simply the best book I have read on this subject.
East Oregonian - Jodi Torpey
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 - Genevieve Schmidt
I especially like… Clausen’s deer-resistance ratings.
The Denver Post - Susan Harris
As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in.
Christian Science Monitor - Deborah Roberts
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 - Sue O'Brien
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604693201
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/31/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
491,374
File size:
19 MB
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Introduction
Considering the explosion of deer populations across the United States and the huge amount of damage that they inflict on rural, suburban, and even urban gardens and parks, it is no surprise that deer and gardeners are seldom compatible. But is it possible to achieve a beautiful, deer-resistant garden without resorting to fences, barriers, and toxic repellents? Indeed, you can still have a lush, thriving garden by making smart plant choices. Many stunning plants are unpalatable to deer because of their poisonous compounds, fuzzy or aromatic leaves, tough, spiny, or bristly textures, and for a variety of other less obvious reasons. This guide presents the most outstanding ornamental examples of these.

The “Bambi” syndrome is fine for those not plagued by deer. Of course deer are beautiful, and yes, they were sometimes (not always) here first, and they certainly deserve to live out their lives with full bellies as nature intended, but there is often not enough food for dense deer populations, and these animals are stressed by modern life and eradication of habitat. Since natural predators such as mountain lions and wolves have been largely eliminated, deer have been allowed to run out of control. A hundred years ago when year-round hunting was permitted, white-tailed deer numbers dropped, so hunters, fearing their sport would be ruined, urged laws to restrict hunting to about three to four months, from fall through Christmas. As the balance of nature was disrupted, white-tailed deer populations exploded.

Gardeners in different parts of the country are plagued by different species of deer. West of the Mississippi River, mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and black-tailed deer (O. hemionus columbianus) predominate. The latter is a subspecies of the former, smaller and stockier but just as hungry. In the East and elsewhere, white-tailed deer (O. virginianus) make their home. Moose and elk are found in northern regions. While these species formerly lived on the edges of woods and forests, they have now discovered that there are easy and tasty sources of food in a new region called “the backyard.”
 

Meet the Author

Ruth Rogers Clausen's Perennials for American Gardens (Random House, 1989, with coauthor Nicolas H. Ekstrom) received the Quill and 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 and Reader's Digest Books. The former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine, Ruth contributes articles to several magazines including Country Gardens, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, and Fine Gardening. She gardens in Westchester County, New York, where deer abound.
 

Alan L. Detrick is a professional photographer whose images of nature and gardens appear in media worldwide. He has lectured and conducted photography workshops at Maine Media Workshops, The New York Botanical Garden, Chanticleer Garden, Brookside Gardens, and Longwood Gardens, as well as for the the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, and the Garden Writers Association, where he was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the author of Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers.

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