Q: I have a question that I don’t remember reading in the past. Do you know what plants I could place in my garden that the deer won’t eat? I will be looking forward to reading your answer, as will many of my neighbors in our community.
Answer: I did have an article in the Tribune in April 2012 on this topic; however, that was a long time ago! In it I cited the University of Florida publication “Ornamental plant susceptibility to damage by deer in Florida” by Martin B. Main, Joe Schaefer and Ginger M. Allen. It can be accessed at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW13700.pdf. There is a list of trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers and annuals/perennials/bulbs indicating frequent/severe, occasional/moderate, rare/minor susceptibility to deer damage. This list is great for helping you determine which plants should be in your landscape if you are frequented by deer and want deer-resistant plants. You can print a copy of this publication and take it with you to plant shows or nurseries as a good future reference. Hope this helps.
Lynn Barber is the Florida Yards and Neighborhoods agent at Hillsborough Extension. Reach her at BarberL@hillsboroughcounty.org.