By Ruth Rogers Clausen
Retaining your appealing backyard secure from deer is so simple as selecting the best crops. In 50 appealing Deer-Resistant vegetation, gardening specialist Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the main flexible and drool-worthy concepts: white snowdrops that bloom within the spring shade-loving, electrical gold hakone grass long-blooming Texas sage in shiny reds, peaches, and pinks and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden within the autumn.
Illustrated all through with full-color photos of each plant, this inspiring advisor bargains every thing a plant-lover with a deer challenge must understand. as well as the 50 top annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus suggestion on how one can develop them — Clausen contains dozens of deer-resistant partners and shrewdpermanent layout assistance for pulling all of it jointly. And heres the easiest half: your lovely backyard may be impossible to resist to every person yet these pesky deer.
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Water wisely, especially during times of drought. Rather than sprinkling just a little every day, water deeply once a week or so to encourage deep rooting and strong, sturdy, less palatable plants. During dry spells especially, leaves that are wet in the evening are sure targets for nighttime deer browsing. If you are watering by hand or with a sprinkler, do it early in the morning or in early evening so the foliage dries off before nightfall. Better yet, use economical soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water at ground level and avoid soaking the leaves.
Blue Danube’ and ‘White Danube’ make uniform, 8- to 12-in. mounds blanketed with ﬂowers. All are valuable as edgings or front-of-the -border plants but may look best in informal drifts, perhaps with hare’s tail grass (Lagurus ovatus) to provide some movement, or interspersed with colorful annual Shirley or corn poppies. More often one sees them in skinny rows with wax begonias or sassy marigolds, combinations that lack much charm. Consider growing a broad band of ﬂoss ﬂower at the feet of a dark evergreen hedge.
Tall members of the Gem series are the most widely grown. ‘Lemon Gem’ has bright yellow petals around a darker center, while ‘Golden Gem’, ‘Tangerine Gem’, and ‘Orange Gem’ are shades of orange. ‘Lulu’ is a sweet, 1-ft. tall, yellow cultivar with a looser habit. Starﬁre strain, 6 to 8 in. tall, is available in mixed colors. Except to edge vegetable gardens, these heat lovers are most attractive planted in drifts or groups. They harmonize well with apricot, orange, or purple hummingbird mints (Agastache), ﬂowering tobacco (Nicotiana), or blue mealycup sage (Salvia farinacea), among others.