Deer Resistant Collection
Spring Planting: this product will be shipped late April through May according to your hardiness zone.
Frustrated by deer? Our collection of deer resistant plants will give you the best results when battling these four-legged garden pests. A natural way to create a deer-safe bed without sprays or treatements. Requires approx. 66 sq. ft.
Sold as: Pkg of 10
It is very important to plant as soon as possible after you receive them. If it is necessary to store them for a short time before planting them, open the plastic bags. If the roots appear dry, soak them for a few hours in warm water. Store in slightly moist peat moss in a cold, but not freezing location until you can plant. They can also be placed in pots of soil if planting will be delayed for more than 2 weeks. Use any peat-based potting soil and pots with drainage holes.
Soak bare-root perennials in water for a few hours before planting. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be a while before the plant shows itself.
Echinaceae grow well in full sun to light shade in any well-drained soil and are quite drought tolerant once established. Plant with crowns just under soil surface. Space plants 18"-24" apart. Deadhead the flowers to encourage continued bloom. Dig and divide in spring or fall if they start to die out in the center or outgrow the space.
Planting Reed Grass: Plant the crown level with the soil surface. Never plant grasses too deeply. Mulching is great to conserve moisture, especially during the first season, but keep mulch away from the crown. Leave the stems on your grasses for winter interest. Remove dead stems to almost ground level in early spring. Grasses can also be divided at this time, if the clump is too large and/or you would like new plants, or if the center becomes sparse and woody (you may need an axe!). Be patient with some of these varieties!
Planting Helenium: Space 18-24" apart, with the growing tips just under the soil surface. Grow in average to poor soil that is well drained. It has very few requirements and adapts well to dry locations once established. Overly rich soils can cause plants to stretch and become top heavy. Pruning early in the season will reduce the need to stake but the flowering will be delayed. Helenium form underground rhizomes so will spread relatively quickly but can easily be divided to control the spreading. It is best to divide in spring or fall.
Planting Potentilla: Grow in full sun or light shade in poor to moderately rich, well-drained soil. Plant 12-18" apart with the crown just under the soil surface. Divide clumps in spring or fall if they outgrow their space.
Planting Salvia: Plant crowns 1" below soil surface, 12-18" apart. Prefers full sun and moist, sandy soils. Tolerates drought, but will bloom longer if adequately watered. Remove spent flower stalks to encourage bloom throughout the summer. Cut back plants at the end of the season or if plants become floppy and unsightly after blooming.
Planting Geranium: Space 18-24" apart, with the growing tips just under the soil surface. Hardy Geraniums can take some shade but are best when they receive sun for most of the day. Plant in ordinary, well-drained soil, in full sun to partial shade. In hotter areas, plant in partial shade. Divide in spring or fall when necessary. Grows 12-24" tall, spreading 18-36", depending on variety.