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Hardiness Zone: 6a
Sandy from Alton, IL
Lilacs will not deter the deer from coming into your backyard. No plants will. Lilacs are considered deer-resistant, however, meaning that unless the deer in your area are feeling pressure from a lack of available food, chances are they will pass lilacs up in favor of other, more appealing plants. Supposedly, plants like catmint, lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary are also repulsive to deer. In fact, many plants with a strong smell, like marigolds for example, are likely to act as a grazing deterrent when planted near more tasty plants like your veggies, tulips or hosta. The only sure-fire way to deter deer from exploring your garden buffet is to have your dog stand watch in the yard or erect an 8-ft high fence. So go ahead and plant a lilac bush, just understand that you could eventually find yourself enjoying watching the deer while they nibble on its branches.
No, a lilac bush will not deter the deer. In fact, they will eat it. You will probably never see it bloom and it will remain about the same height it was when you purchased it. I know. Deer are the biggest pests I know of. If you enjoy the deer coming into your yard then you must not have any annuals, perennials or young trees in your yard. I have had to do a lot of protecting here in my yard in order to see my 'stuff' bloom.
Wow! That's extreme! I have had no problem with deer when it comes to herbs (except parsley) or, as stated, strong-smelling plants. I'm the woman sniffing leaves at the garden center. They have mowed down hostas and lillies, among other things, I spray particular favorites with a mixture of egg and water in a Windex bottle and this has worked very well for me. Don't give up hope!
LOL! I found this thread while looking for info on how to deter deer from eating mylilacs during the winter.
What plants can we plant in a cemetery plot that deer will not eat, we have been so unsuccessful so far?
Depends on your location. If it was myself buried there, I would recommend my loved ones try a single dwarf (Lo and Behold or Blue chip) Butterfly Bush so I could be surround with butterflies, a few Shasta Daisies (3) and a few more Early Sunrise Coreopsis (5) or marigolds (annuals, would need to be planted each spring but would bloom all summer).
Deer do not like daffodils and poppies.
Will deer feed on a burning bush? Thank you. Have a great day.
I have a lot of deer that pass through my yard especially in winter. However, they never touch the burning bushes or the rhododendrons. But that is in my area.
Is lavender deer resistant? What about heather? Any suggestions for plants, vines, or flowers that can be grown at high altitude (over 9,000 feet) and are deer resistant? I know it is a lot to ask of a plant.
By Tracy G.