Living in a rural setting allows you to experience the joy of nature and wildlife. But it can be exasperating when everything you plant in your yard is ravaged by deer. Start out with deer resistant plants, and you will have less replanting to do. Just remember: No plant is completely deer resistant. Foods that don't interest deer this year may entice them the following year. It depends on what plants are available because of drought or other conditions.
The black-eyed Susan is a midsized summer flowering plant that grows to a height of 2 to 3 feet. The bloom has golden petals with dark brown centers in the shape of a daisy. It is considered an easy-to-grow plant and is not picky about soil type. The black-eyed Susan is an annual plant, but it reseeds itself for new blooms the following year. This is a perfect flower for landscaping that has a natural look to it with a less formal structure--you never know where a new one will pop up the next year. USDA hardiness plant zones 3 through 9 are the best locations for this flower.
You don't have to have a separate herb garden in order to grow basil. It is lovely added to your landscaping, with the benefit of providing a fresh herb for cooking. The bright green shade of the leaves is lovely enough, but the purple and white flowers are an added bonus when the plant grows to bush-size. Best of all, deer almost never show an interest in this herb. Choose a plant from your local garden center or nursery or start the plant with seeds. Basil grows well in most locations, but start the seeds indoors in late winter if you live in an area with a short growing season. Transplant the seedlings outdoors as soon as the last cold frost is completed.
The boxwood is a bush that works perfectly in any style of landscaping; it's all in how the plant is trimmed. It adds to a formal style when it is expertly trimmed in a box-shape. For a more natural or country style, allow the boxwood to grow tall and willowy or trim it in an oval shape. This deer-resistant bush requires minimal watering, but it's a heavy feeder, needing an application of an all-purpose fertilizer in early spring and then three or four more times throughout the growing season. American boxwood is the most common variety. It is plant hardy up to zone 5. Other nice varieties include Japanese boxwood, English boxwood and Korean boxwood.
Lavender is an attractive bush with beautiful lavender, purple or white flowers. It will bring bees and butterflies to your garden. It requires a well-drained soil and doesn't like standing in a muck of water. The sun-loving plant is best trimmed back after the blooms have died away. For best results, grow lavender in plant hardiness zones 4 through 10.