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Northern California Regional Reports

Dazzling Deer-Resistant Perennials

Repel deer without sacrificing color and contrast in your garden

Poquito™ dwarf hummingbird mint. Photo: Fionuala Campion

Though very graceful and delightful to behold in their native habitat, deer are a voracious force to reckon with in many Northern California gardens, particularly in summer and fall. In early summer young fawns are beginning to sample pretty much any plant they stumble across, and in autumn food is scarcer and competition higher. Love them or barely tolerate them, these wonderful creatures can cause a lot of damage to a beloved landscape in a very short period of time; luckily there are so many tried and true ways of living and gardening alongside them that I have a hard time calling them true pests.

The most foolproof method of ensuring that your garden is devoid of deer is erecting a jump-proof fence that is at least 9 feet tall. This can be quite an expensive and time-consuming undertaking! Sprays and repellents can be helpful but need to be applied…

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