Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer

Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer

by Karen Chapman
Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer

Deer-Resistant Design: Fence-free Gardens that Thrive Despite the Deer

by Karen Chapman


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“Fear deer no more! The best source I’ve seen on the topic!” —Tracy DiSabato-Aust, award-winning garden designer and best-selling author

Deer are one of the most common problems a gardener can face. These cute but pesky animals can quickly devour hundreds of dollars’ worth of plants. And common solutions include the use of unattractive fencing and chemicals.

In Deer-Resistant Design, Karen Chapman offers another option—intentional design choices that result in beautiful gardens that coexist with wildlife. Deer-Resistant Design showcases real home gardens across North America—from a country garden in New Jersey to a hilltop hacienda in Texas—that have successfully managed the presence of deer. Each homeowner also shares their top ten deer-resistant plants, all welcome additions to a deer-challenged gardeners shopping list. A chapter on deer-resistant container gardens provides suggestions for making colorful, captivating, and imaginative containers. Lushly illustrated and filled with practical advice and inspiring design ideas, Deer-Resistant Design is packed with everything you need to confidently tackle this challenging problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604698497
Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 446,129
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Karen Chapman is an award-winning landscape designer, the co-author of two books, Fine Foliage (St. Lynn’s Press, 2013) and Gardening with Foliage First (Timber Press, 2017), and a popular speaker at botanical gardens, nurseries, and flower and garden shows across the United States. Her articles and designs have been featured in many online and print publications, including Garden Design, Fine Gardening, and Better Homes and Gardens. Visit her at

Table of Contents

Preface 8

Introduction: Strategies and Realities 10

Designer's Dream Garden-despite wildlife, water, and weeds 18

Country Garden-where daunting challenges become exciting opportunities 38

Desert Oasis-where neither heat, nor drought, nor deer diminish the mirage 52

Blue Jeans Garden-where kids and dogs are always welcome 64

Storyteller's Garden-unveiling magic, one chapter at a time 78

Garden of Survivors-where serendipity and inspired design go hand in hand 96

Garden of Connections-between people, flora, and fauna 108

Confetti Garden-where pops of color punctuate the landscape 124

Lake House Garden-where every day is a vacation 138

Collector's Garden-where hostaholics and deer draw a tentative truce 152

Hilltop Hacienda-where native and adapted plants bring Mexico to Texas 164

Curated Garden-where everyday natives and choice ornamentals find common ground 176

Suburban Retreat-bringing Colorado to New Jersey 192

Deer-Resistant Container Gardens 206

Resources 228

Metric Conversions 230

Further Reading 230

Acknowledgments 231

Photo Credits 232

Index 233

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