• Deer in the foothills

    by  • August 6, 2013 • Garden, Wildlife • 2 Comments

    Some of our deer friends…

    I have my eye on you, deer...

    I have my eye on you, deer…

    I still like the deer better than any one plant.  They are the best sort of ‘lawn ornaments.’   I watch, don’t you, when they’re passing by and it’s gratifying when they pass by my carefully chosen ‘deer-resistant’ garden?

    List of what I plant:

    Acer palmatum, Japanese maple
    Acer negundo, Box Elder
    Achillea, Yarrow
    Agastache, Anise hyssop, Hummingbird mint
    Ajuga, Carpet bugle
    Allium, Wild onion
    Aquilegia formosa, Western Columbine

    Asclepias, Butterfly weed
    Berberis thunbergii, Barberry
    Berlandiera lyrata, Chocolate Scented Daisy
    Brachycome multifida, Rock Daisy
    Buddleia, Butterfly bush
    Campanula, Bellflower
    Carpenteria, California anemone
    Ceanothus, Wild lilac
    Cerastium tomentosa, Snow-in-Summer
    Centranthus ruber, Jupiter’s beard
    Chamaecyparis, False Cypress

    Chrysanthemum parthenium, Golden feverfew
    Cercis occidentalis, California Redbud
    Cistus, Rockrose
    Chrysanthemum maximum, Shasta Daisy
    Chrysanthemum paludosum, Ox-eye Daisy
    Coreopsis, Tickseed
    Diascia, Twinspur
    Dicentra formosa, Western bleeding heart
    Digitalis, Foxglove
    Dudleya cymosa Hen & Chicks
    Echinacea, Cone flower

    Epilobium, California fuschia
    Erigeron karvinskianus, Mexican daisy
    Erysimum,  Wallflower
    Eschscholzia californica California Poppy
    Euphorbia,  Spurge
    Gaillardia grandiflora, Indian Blanket
    Grass and grass-like plants
    Helleborus, Hellebores
    Hemerocallis, Day lily
    Heuchera, Coral Bells
    Hypericum, St. Johnswort
    Hyssopus, Hyssop
    Laurentia fluviatilis, Blue Star Creeper
    Lavandula, Lavender
    Lilium, Asiatic Lily
    Lonicera, Honeysuckle
    Lupinus albifrons, Silver bush lupine
    Lysimachia nummularia, Creeping Jenny

    Mahonia, Oregon grape
    Mentha, Mint
    Miscanthus sinensis, Maiden Grass
    Monarda didyma, Bee Balm
    Monardella, Coyote mint
    Myrtus, Myrtle
    Narcissus, Daffodils
    Nepeta, Catmint
    Nigella damascena, Love in a Mist
    Nicotiana, Flowering tobacco
    Origanum, Oregano
    Oxalis oregana, Redwood sorrel
    Papaver, Poppy
    Perovskia, Russian sage
    Phlomis, Jerusalem sage
    Phlox subulata, Creeping Phlox
    Picea glauca, Alberta Spruce
    Potentilla, Cinquefoil
    Pyracantha, Firethorn
    Romneya coulteri, Matilija poppy
    Rosmarinus, Rosemary
    Rudbeckia hirta, Gloriosa Daisy

    Sage, Autumn
    Salvia apiana, White sage
    Salvia ‘Bee’s Bliss’
    Salvia clevelandii, Cleveland sage
    Salvia leucophylla, Gray sage
    Salvia mellifera, Black sage
    Salvia sonomensis, Sonoma sage
    Salvia spathacea, Hummingbird sage
    Santolina, Lavender cotton
    Senecio, Dusty miller
    Sisyrinchium bellum, Blue-eyed grass
    Solanum, Potato vine
    Spiraea, Spirea
    Stachys, Lamb’s ears
    Syringa vulgaris, Common Lilac
    Tagetes lemmonii, Mexican bush marigold
    Teucrium, Germander
    Thymus, Common thyme
    Umbellularia californica, California bay
    Verbascum, Mullein
    Verbena bonariensis, Tall Verbena
    Veronica, Speedwell
    Vitex agnus-castus, Chaste tree



    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.

    2 Responses to Deer in the foothills

    1. Phyllis Overstreet
      August 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      I feel that this is required reading for foothill gardeners. Keep it going. Love it.

      • Sue Langley
        August 9, 2013 at 7:14 am

        Hi Phyllis, thanks so much! I am always in awe of the deer here on our place…. \My husband calls out ‘Deer on the hill!’ and we always stand and watch, still, after seven years of living here.

        I have one of your lovely paintings of deer in Yosemite Valley and I get so much pleasure from it. It reminds me of camping in Yosemite when I was a child and seeing the deer in the large meadow, surrounded with oaks and pines. ~ Sue

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