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Deer Resistant Plants

No plants are 100% deer resistant. The deer generally leave these plants alone, but when there's not enough to eat, they might get nibbled. Also, fawns will taste everything.
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Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader'
Abies nordmanniana 'Golden Spreader'
Price: $25.00
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Gallon Pot
Great small golden fir selection that will slowly get to 3' high and 5' across. Brilliant gold in winter and then gold again after the spring growth flush. This can burn in full sun but if you site it like we did against the back of our red barn, why it looks perfect. If it gets a vertical leader, prune it out to keep the habit.
Acanthus hungaricus 'White Lips'
Acanthus hungaricus 'White Lips'
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
White Lip's Bear's Breeches. Tough perennial good for that tropical or Mediterranean look. Tolerant of a good deal of misguided and inappropriate gardening practices, this will nonetheless persist and look pretty darned good. With reasonable attention, this will look great. Spikes of pinkish-purple hooded flowers with wide, white, major labellums or lips which are quite showy and inviting. Trying so hard to be good and proper..........
Aciphylla aurea
Aciphylla aurea
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
Wicked New Zealander with defensively formidable stiletto yellowish leaves in a low dense mound. This is not only deer resistant but wild boar, komodo dragon and grizzly bear resistant as well. This well-armored Kiwi has dioecious white flowers in a showy yellow plume. Locally, this has perhaps been best grown at Linda Cochran's famed garden on Bainbridge Island where it has simply become more architecturally arresting over the last 10 years. Fare to say Linda is ruthless when it comes to underachievers and the fact that this has remained very high on her list of favorites for the last decade is ample endorsement. Reasonable drainage and full to half sun..
Aconitum carmichaelii 'Barker's Variety'
Aconitum carmichaelii 'Barker's Variety'
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
A superb selection with tall strong stems to 5' or more (anecdotal stories of 10' intrigue us but we haven't had them long enough to get old growth Monkshood) Large dark deep blue cowled flowers are among the best and they do make a statement. Deer proof. In fact, encourage the deer to eat them so we have less deer.
Aconitum episcopale
Aconitum episcopale
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
Rollicking twining Monkshood from China that delights in scrambling up into shrubs or onto thin trellage. Although a fine and aristocratic perennial, it remains devoid of snobbery embracing chainlink as if it were ornate wrought iron at an Antebellum mansion. Dusky lavender flowers in late summer and fall are hugely welcome. This is totally herbaceous dying completely back after flowering only to reemerge in spring bigger and better than before. The climbing Aconitum can be confusing to pin down as to proper identity but we finally sat down with flowers and foliage and key in hand and confirmed that this indeed A. episcopale. This is likely from a Diana Reeck collection in Yunnan in 1996 but that is best guessing. Nice blooming-sized plants.
Aconitum hemsleyanum CGG14028
Aconitum hemsleyanum CGG14028
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
This is from our seed collection on the Chongqing-Guangxi-Guizhou expedition in 2010. We found this on the summit of the previously unbotanized highest peak in the Wumingshan where it was clambering about on the top of the short scrub. We were struck by the large seed pods. Light blue flowers on this vining Monkshood.
Aconitum sp. PMD
Aconitum sp. PMD
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
An interesting Monkshood species from a Philip MacDougall collection in Taiwan. This has large dusky blue-purple flowers on 2'-3' stems in mid summer and is not so tall so as to require support. This does well for us in full sun but might be even better in half sun. It has been a reliable performer and a nice change from the typical Dutch and Euro selections.
Aconitum uncinatum
Aconitum uncinatum
Price: $12.00
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Medium Band Pot
A eastern US species of Monkshood that is somewhat of a twining scrambler in the lightly shaded woodland verges, This really does appreciate an armature of a shrub to lean into and grow through and its late summer into fall matte blue-lavender flowers are a welcome sight in the shade garden. Thanks to our friend and plantsman Jon Knight for sharing this with us.
Actaea (Cimicifuga) cordifolia
Actaea (Cimicifuga) cordifolia
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
Appalachian Bugbane. The Actaea Formerly Known As Cimicifuga. And more confusingly, this was previously placed in the species rubifolia which is now considered synonymous with cordifolia. It's hard to keep up, we know! Uncommon and quite nice perennial with maple-like leaves with late season white flowers like gleaming tapers. Superb shade plant and one your gardening friend won't have. Very likely deer proof. Easy.
Actaea cimicifuga (syn. foetida) MD97074
Actaea cimicifuga (syn. foetida) MD97074 ex Yunnan
Price: $12.00
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Medium Band Pot
Second generation plants from our collection in the Bita Hai in Yunnan in 1997 at 11000' from a plant 5' high having an exceptionally long and dense seed head which hung enticingly over the trail. This will have creamy flowers with pale yellow tones in a "bottlebrush" sort of arrangement. A not unpleasant muskiness - Sue likes it, Kelly doesn't - to the foliage might keep the deer at bay but maybe only if they are bucks. One of the first seedlings came up variegated which we grow in our shade garden but we have yet to see another one. Hardy to zone 5 and likely lower.
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Price: $13.00
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4" Pot
Really, really good selection from Mt Cuba Center in Delaware of the eastern US 'Doll's Eyes'. In this selection, the normal green leaves are upstaged by gleaming cool pewter foliage. Any plant that gets metallic sheens, we're all over it! Incidental white puffs of flowers give way to late summer amazing white berries on red pedicels.
Actaea rubra f. neglecta
Actaea rubra f. neglecta
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
A subtle woodlander for most of spring and summer until late summer and fall when it suddenly busts a move and starts strutting its stuff. Fern-like foliage backs small white puffs of flowers in May which become showy clusters of bright white fruit in late summer & fall. The white version of our red fruited native.
Adiantum aleuticum
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
A NW native hanging out in moist shaded places especially loving mossy cliffs in the cooling mist of a nearby waterfall yet very easy in the garden. Nice black stems holding the fronds. The stems were flattened and used for imbrication in basketry by coastal tribes.
Adiantum aleuticum 'Miss Sharples'
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot It is easy enough to get a fern with rich, deep green leaves but sometimes that dark shade garden is just crying out for a little contrast and this fern will provide some subtle relief. A deciduous species that gets just 18"-24" tall with fronds supported by wiry black stems. A moisture lover, don't torture it in dry shade.
Adiantum traceyi - Original Clone
Adiantum traceyi - Original Clone
Price: $15.00
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4" Pot
Rare to find this California jewel and we hardly ever offer this except for a very few hard-won divisions teased from our mama plant by a deftly wielded hori-hori knife. This Maidenhair species is one of the most requested plants when seen in our shade garden and we rarely have it and never enough.
Adiantum venustum
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern. Evergreen to semi-evergreen creeping fern making the the most textural groundcover imaginable. Salmon pink new growth goes to light olive and finally green leaflets on black wiry stems just 8"-12" high. Likes a loose moist soil but will tolerate dry when established.
Adiantum x mairisii
Adiantum x mairisii
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Mairis's Maidenhair Fern. This is a sterile semi-evergreen hybrid between Adiantum capillaris-veneris and anybody's guess. Sterile hybrid means vigor - no wasting time flinging spores into the air. If only I had been a sterile hybrid, I could have been a contender. All that time lost and distractions.
Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'
Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
A lovely cultivar introduced to this area by the enigmatic Pete Ray of Vashon and no relation to our local Kingston. Tastefully narrow deciduous leaves with medium small flower heads of a good clear mid-blue. Hardy and a good performer in the garden. Sun and deer resistant.
Agapanthus 'Rotterdam'
Agapanthus 'Rotterdam'
Price: $16.00
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Large Band Pot
A hardy deciduous selection of Lily of the Nile which boasts very good light blue flowers on stems to 30". We presume that this is a Dutch selection based on the name. Had it been named Los Angeles, we would have gone out on a similar limb and said US of A. An established clump puts on a show. We mulch ours in cold winters.
Ajuga 'Loie's Lavender'
Ajuga 'Loie's Lavender'
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot Named by plant guru John Flintoff who found this as an interesting seedling growing in plantswoman Loie Benedict's garden. John has an almost incomprehensible breadth of knowledge about plants and can well judge when a plant is distinct and worth naming. Two examples of introductions from him are Pulmonaria 'Roy Davidson' and Pulmonaria 'Benediction' which have yet to be supplanted by a couple of decades of new introductions so this Ajuga comes with some plant cred. Light green leaves with a spreading habit and flowers of a soft muted lavender which happily goes with most everything. As long as the soil is reasonably moist, this will be good in sun to light shade and is resistant to deer and rabbits. We have both and we accept your sympathies.
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Frosted Jade Ajuga. A rare Ajuga the likes of which you may have never seen. We all are familiar with the utilitarian carpeting-with-abandon slug magnet ubiquitous in gardens everywhere. This is a different critter altogether and resembles Bugleweed about as much as a Bichon Frise does a Junkyard Dawg. Stays put in a clump with erect stems to 16" with showy leaves of white, green and cream and intense violet blue flowers. This has been one of the most asked about plants in our shade garden and when we say what it is, the answer usually is "That's an Ajuga? Do you have it?" It is completely deciduous as well which is another mind boggler. And for slugs - they do like this one too but really it is mainly the new shoots in early spring so we just keep an eye on the growth and if they are getting nibbled then we go out one or two evenings and inflict bodily harm and don't much about the plant afterwards.
Allium 'August Confection'
Allium 'August Confection'
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
A dark colored selection of Allium senescens ssp. montanum by Mark McDonough that puts on a serious flower display of ruddy pink flowers in mid to late summer to the unending delight of those little orange Skipper butterflies. Clump forming and not invasive, this is muy bueno.
Allium 'Summer Pink'
Allium 'Summer Pink'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
One of my favorite Alliums from Mark McDonough with cool gray green foliage and sugar pink 2" balls of flowers in midsummer. This is a rhizomatous type making nice clumps without being invasive. The foliage looks good during bloom and the bees & butterflies have a rugby scrum over the nectar.
Allium beesianum
Allium beesianum
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
This is the coveted true species unlike the usual Allium sikkimense which is what you get from most seed exchanges. Ours came from Ian Christie in Scotland and with Ian's name as provenance, there is little doubt. Besides we flowered it and it is correct! Thin grassy leaves in dense tussocks with small headed blue flowers in late summer. A Chinese species that is not one of the bulbous summer dormant types but appreciates moisture during the summer and is quite easy despite its relative scarcity.
Allium cyaneum 'Sky Blue'
Allium cyaneum
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot We've gotten this excellent small species over the years with various names attached such as 'Sky Blue' and 'Cobalt' and there is not a bit of difference between them. As a species, this is perfectly capable of standing on its own merits without the needless marketing ploy of a seductive name although there are differences in shades of blue but we have not had them. Small heads of dark violet blue flowers on 6" stems in June and July are held above dense clumps of fine grassy foliage. Easy and hardy clumper to zone 4 from China.
Allium cyathophorum var. farreri
Allium cyathophorum var. farreri
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
This is a Chinese species with 12"-15" stems and good purple flowers borne on numerous scapes late spring and early summer above the stoutly grassy foliage. Stout compared to some of the finer textured Alliums anyway. This has been very easy and appreciates summer water as it is not one of the xeric bulbous types. This self-sows just enough and has not been a pest at all but the volunteer plants have simply taken the planting from intentional to natural.
Allium hookeri var. muliense
Allium hookeri var. muliense
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot
What a surprising Allium we received from Diana Reeck of Collector's Nursery years ago who was given seeds from Prof. Weibang Sun of Kunming Botanic Garden back in the 90's. The time lapse is testimony to the perseverance of this attractive onion as admittedly there have been stretches of time when had there been an Allium Hague Tribunal, we would have been brought up on charges but this has endured and is now thriving under the attention it so richly deserves. An Asian rhizomatous type which clumps with fresh green foliage when flowering rather than the Great Withering which occurs with the bulbous species. Small heads of yellow flowers on 10"-15" stems set in a comparatively statuesque frame (comparing to Allium moly here) sets this apart from its yellow compatriots. We have a very few to offer. Hesitate and all is lost at least for this year.
Allium litvinovii
Allium litvinovii
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
Exciting and rare recent introduction to cultivation from the mountains of Khirghizstan and Uzbekistan. This is one of the blue drumstick types and is far and away the most intensely colored of any of them with rich violet tinged dark blue flowers in golfball-sized heads on stems to 16" . This could spoil you for any of the others.
Allium macranthum DW
Allium macranthum DW
Price: $12.00
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Large Band Pot
A collection from Tibet by Daniel Winkler of this ornamental onion. This is one of the Asian rhizomatous types making a nice clump of broadly grassy foliage in this case with leaves some 12"-15" long. The flowers are in shades of pink and are open rounded umbels whose drooping florets look a bit like some of the fireworks seen in a Fourth of July evening sky. Altogether an attractive species whose flowers usually coincide with the 4th so perhaps this year we will compare flowers to pyrotechnics. Hardy to at least zone 6 and likely lower.
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
Price: $11.00
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4" Pot
Here is a little Japanese bulbous plant that will add some late summer glitz to the rock garden or special foreground planting niche. Not shy about blooming, this will strut its stuff with round purplish flowerheads on 10" stems which sends our friends the Butterflies and Bees into quiet delirium.