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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2010
11:45 AM

Post #7594013

I am looking for deer resistant plants for shade, large ones.I spent some time on Google and didn't find many big ones.
This plant appealed to me.Dicentra Gold Heart.
I also like Heuchera Palace Purple.
This is a combo of the plants there now with the exception of the Hosta( which might not happen) and heuchera.
The only drawback I can see is Dicentra is a summer dormant plant. I have no idea what this means unless it only refers to no flowers.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2010
1:03 PM

Post #7594087

It means it quietly disappears in summer and goes dormant, then returns the following year.

I'd suggest coleus, since I know you love them, but they are not as big as you want.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2010
1:39 PM

Post #7594133

The Mahogony Giant gets huge. Its a tall as the dicentra but not as big in diameter so I am putting 2 in.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2010
2:01 PM

Post #7594170

Let us hope the deer don't investigate and snap the branches.
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2010
2:34 AM

Post #7595815

Helleborus - not to tall but oh so pretty.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2010
9:09 AM

Post #7596345

Thanks Azalea Thats a great idea. I have 1 that needs transplanting.Fotidus.This meand green leaves all year round.
Azalea
Jonesboro, GA
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2010
1:25 PM

Post #7596540

i just googled "Deer resistant plants" - there is a list for different states, but I didn't see NY . Here is a list for shade.

http://www.google.com/search?q=deer resistant plants for shade&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2010
1:28 PM

Post #7596546

Look up your planting zone.
See if the plants are hardy here.
garyon
Syracuse, NY

March 9, 2010
10:10 AM

Post #7616023

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/80951/

I will be trying butterbur this year. Anyone grown that one? Other big stuff i've used includes purple flowering raspberry and large ferns.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 9, 2010
10:18 AM

Post #7616052

how unusual
pennefeather
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2010
7:22 PM

Post #7620098

Astilbe can grow large.

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ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 11, 2010
1:23 AM

Post #7620521

What varieties are those Pen.
How tall do they get?
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

March 14, 2010
10:22 PM

Post #7629994

Hosta is like deer candy, and the deer don't like astilbe. However, astilbe can be hard to get rid of and becomes a very sturdy woody plant. Astilbes can get very bushy, but I would not guess they would grow higher than 3 feet.

I've purchased some bitter tasting spray from the pet warehouses and carefully spray it on everything that gets eaten, including lilies. Don't blame everything on deer; apparently Peter Rabbit helps himself and his family to your greenery as well.

Deer have never touched my red twig dogwood which is a nice bush/tree. In the cold weather the stems turn red. Have never had trouble with epimedium which is a great ground cover tht bushes up, but I don't know if it gets higher than 12 inches. If you don't need blooms, there are lots of small, mediu, tall and very tall ferns as well as wood poppy or celandine poppy. They bush out and grow to about 3 feet and if you dead head them, they continue to bloom a flower that resembles a large yellow buttercup for quite a while. The celandon poppy also has a really attractive dentate leaf.

Balloon flower (platycodon) does not seem to attract deer. I think they grow in partial sun, and once established, die down and come back every year and flower for a long time. Mine are in the sun, but they definitely grow to 3-4 feet high. I'm guessing that since you are also in zone 6 that they would do well for you. I know they don't like to be moved.

Deer also stay away from my monarda (bee balm) and centaurea montana (bachelor's button) which I think grow in partial shade. They get full and about 3 feet or so tall. The biggest plant I have that grows in partial shade really is a big bush. It is a hydrangea, and deer never touch it.

Deer do not touch the heuchera (coral bells), but they really don't get that full.

I hope this helps.
pennefeather
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2010
5:48 AM

Post #7630287

GE1836,
I don't know which type of astilbe that is in the picture. I do have some dark pink astilbe that are about 2 and a half feet. Check around, and you can find some tall versions. Bella and rheinhard are about 2' 1/2 feet. Purple candles is about 4 feet.

Red twig dogwood is very popular in Ct along highways I95, and Route 9. I planted some when I lived in Waterford Ct. They are beautiful shrubs, but the deer promptly ate them. Sometimes deer will eat a plant in the Jones yard, but not touch the same plant in the Smith's yard - you never really know.
pennefeather
McLean, VA
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2010
6:12 AM

Post #7630312

There is also foxglove - if you don't have small children and pets that nibble.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

March 15, 2010
6:19 AM

Post #7630328

That's true, pennefeather. The deer ate the some (not all) of the buds from one Limelight hydrangea but didn't touch the other one, less than four feet away.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 15, 2010
7:21 AM

Post #7630477

Thanks Penefether.I think I have Rhineland.New last year so its not mature.
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

March 16, 2010
9:05 PM

Post #7634927

Penne, I have never figured out why deer like my tulips but not those of my neighbor across the street. Perhaps my soil makes sweeter buds or more attractive colors. My next-door neighbor doesn't believe we have deer. He tells me it is rabbits. However, when we put up the deer netting, the only problem in the yard was the red lily beetle (ugh).

Around here the deer are not skittish. There is no "deer in the headlights" look. It is the "don't bother me while I'm eating" look.

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 17, 2010
1:11 AM

Post #7635259

Deer have a regular path they follow to any water or feeding source. Your neighbor must just be off the pathway far enough.
When you spray repellent the deer sence danger because of the strange scent. they will find another path.Hope your neighbor isnt on the new travelway for them.

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