Deer Resistant Plants for your Backyard Park

Coreopsis Moonbeam

We recently sat down with Katie Dubow, Ruth Clausen and Greg Tepper to. learn more about native Deer Resistant Plants for our home landscapes. You can view the video of our chat here. It was tons of fun, with plenty of humor and facts peppered throughout. For example, Ruth, who recently authored the book Deer Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast with Greg, said the best way to make sure the deer don’t eat YOUR plants is to plant delicious perennials in your NEIGHBOR’S yard! Greg spoke extensively about how important it is to use native plants, which feed birds and insects and thrive in our ecosystems. 

After the talk, we turned to our buyers to see what plants they recommend for deer resistance in our suburban backyard parks. Here’s what they have in mind: 


  • Amelanchier 
  • American Beach (Fagus grandifolia)
  • American Holly (Ilex opaca)
  • Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
  • Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginica)
  • Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • Gingko (Gingko biloba)
  • Heritage Birch (Betula nigra “Heritage”)
  • Honey Locust (Gleditsia triacanthos)
  • Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
  •  Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)
  • Paw-Paw (Asimina triloba)
  • Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginica)


  • American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana)
  • American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
  • Andromeda (Pieris japonica)   
  • Arrowwood (Virburnum dentatum)
  • Bluebeard 
  • Button Bush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
  • Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta)
  • Chinese Juniper (Juniperus chinensis)
  • Common Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Deutzia (Deutzia gracilis)
  • Dwarf Sweet Box (Sarcoccoca hookeriana var. humilis)
  • Fothergila (Fothergilla gardenia)
  • Inkberry (Ilex glabra)
  • Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. horeana)
  • Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
  • Mugo Pine (Pinus mugo)
  • Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia)
  • Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
  • Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)
  • Sweet Pepperbush (Clethra alnifolia}
  • Wax Myrtle (Morella cerifera)
  • Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata)


  • Ageratum
  • Alyssum
  • Angelonia
  • Dusty Miller
  • Geranium
  • Lantana
  • Marigold
  • Blue Salvia
  • Snapdragon
  • Verbena vinca
  • Zinnia