Fionuala Campion says in her article, Dazzling Deer-Resistant Perennials, “Though very graceful and delightful to behold in their native habitat, deer are a voracious force to reckon with in many Northern California gardens, particularly in summer and fall.” But these majestic creatures are not just an issue for gardeners on the west coast. There are populations of deer in all 50 states, and all are munching on the many different plants we’re growing across the country.
There are a vast array of deterrents that can offer various levels of success, but sometimes the best method to deter pests is growing plants they won’t bother with. While results can always vary, these four expert-selected plants for the Northwest are the closest you’ll get to deer-proof.
Size: 24 to 36 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; rich, well-drained soil
Native range: Mediterranean region
Deer typically avoid the sagelike foliage of this herbaceous perennial because of its fuzzy texture and slight fragrance. Jerusalem sage creates basal-leaf clumpsthat can be partially evergreen in mild winters and spread by rhizomes, though not too aggressively. It is a dramatic show-off from early summer through fall, with vibrant yellow flowers that grow in tiers along straight, upright stems. Its hooded flower petals curl around the base, offering up nectar to butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Leave the dried flower stems on the plants for an attractive fall and winter texture, or cut them for use in flower arrangements. This is a great choice for growing in masses, perhaps along a wall or in a rock garden.
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Why do plants get sick? The simple answer is for lots of reasons, many of them similar to the reasons why we humans do. Take, for example, poor diet. Just as it’s one of the root causes of disease, poor growth and reduced life expectancy in humans, so it is with plants.
Softening tall or craggy surfaces are situations that seldom come up in my design practice, as I work in environments that are typically rather flat. There are times, however, when level changes happen to occur on the land or are created during a construction process. I get excited when there is the opportunity to use plants that naturally cascade. This is an entirely different aesthetic from plants that climb and is more interesting than plugging in some ivy. The next time you find yourself needing a plant to spill over a wall, rock, or some other elevation change, consider one of these great cascading plants.
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It is such a gardening triumph to put together a few plants that play nicely together and create a memorable vignette to mark the season. In this episode, Danielle, Carol, and guest Susan Morrison will talk about some plant combinations that look great as the season winds down. Listen in and get inspired to add more winning teams to your late season lineup next year.
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