For gardeners like me who have deer routinely browsing virtually every plant in their garden, fall can be a particularly disheartening season. While deer-free gardeners are happily planning for all the colorful spring-flowering bulbs they will plant in their gardens, we are left out in the cold with a severe case of bulb-envy. Until now.
If you’re looking to expand your selection of bulbs beyond the tried and true crocus, daffodil and muscari, check out some of these deer-resistant bulbs:
- Allium: Flowering onions come in a remarkable array of interesting flowers that all make an architectural statement in any garden. All require full sun.
- Camassia: This native bulb is highly adaptable. It thrives in full sun to part shade and also tolerates moist soil. It’s bright blue flowers are a welcome late spring addition to any garden.
- Erythronium: Trout Lily’s bright yellow flowers will help to brighten up a woodland garden. They like partial shade and a rich, humusy soil.
- Fritillaria: Crown Imperials are available in several brightly colored shades but all like full sun and well-draining soil that remains dry during the summer. Their large, interesting shape means just a few bulbs massed together will make a terrific focal point.
- Ipheion: Starflowers are ideal for naturalizing at the edge of a woodland or under trees and shrubs before they leaf out. Their flowers, in shades of blue (there is also a pure white variety) also look good paired with daffodils. Starflowers tolerate partial shade. To make an impact, plant at least 50 – 100 bulbs in the same area.
This list includes just a few of the deer-resistant bulbs that are available for fall planting. If you have others that you enjoy in your spring garden, please let us know what they are. And remember, just because a plant is deer-resistant in my garden doesn’t mean it will be deer-resistant in yours.
And one final note about the outgoing links for each bulb. If you followed them, you noticed they all brought you to the Colorblends website. I chose to do that as a way to thank Colorblends for their generous donation of bulbs to the October 2009 Fairfield County Plant Swap. To find out more about the Plant Swap and the Colorblends donation, click here.