A flower garden beautified by a contrasting array of floral colors and textures does not have to be sacrificed when establishing a deer-resistant garden. While any flower can be damaged by a deer—whether classified as deer resistant or not—the main concerns of flower gardeners include choosing flowers that deer won't eat and protecting the garden with barriers from roaming deer.
Displaying many colors of the rainbow and towering up to 3 feet high, snapdragons (Antirrhinium majus) are popular annuals—and sometimes perennials—for flowerbeds. Although snapdragons have characteristic bright and attractive flowering clusters, deer avoid them. According to Floridata.com, there are 40 different species of snapdragons. They also make excellent cut flowers for your home.
Native to Africa and the Mediterranean area, snapdragons belong to the Scrophulariaceae, or snapdragon, family and are also called common snapdragon and garden snapdragon. Distributed mainly in the northeastern region of North America, they grow in full sun to partial shade and require consistently moist soil.
Certain zinnias, including dwarf varieties, grow up to 3 feet tall. Zinnias (Zinnia spp.) are annual flowers that bloom in almost all colors of the rainbow. They belong to the Asteraceae or Compositae (aster or daisy) family and are not bothered by deer. Zinnias are drought-tolerant flowers that prefer full sun exposure.
In the United States, zinnias grow throughout the southern parts of North America, along the East Coast and in Puerto Rico and Hawaii. Some species of zinnia commonly found in North America include desert zinnia (Zinnia acerosa), shortray zinnia (Zinnia anomala), narrowleaf zinnia (Zinnia angustifolia), elegant zinnia (Zinnia violacea) and Peruvian zinnia (Zinnia peruviana).
As a member of the Lamiaceae, or mint, family, blue salvia's (Salvia farinacea) aromatic flowers grow in spiked flower clusters and bloom in shades of purple and blue. According to Floridata.com, blue salvia is also known as blue sage and mealycup sage, and it is native to Mexico and Texas. This plant thrives in well-drained, moderately moist to semi-dry soils and prefers partial-shade to full sun exposure.
Blue salvia is not appealing to deer. You can plant them in containers, in flower beds or as a flower border. Its different varieties grow to heights between 1 and 4 feet tall.
Other flowers that deer will not eat include lavender (Lavandula spp.), foxglove (Digitalis spp.), veronica (Veronica spp.) daffodil (Narcissus spp.), buttercup (Ranunculus spp.), ageratum (Ageratum houstonianum) and threadleaf coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata).