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I have a house at Black Point Beach in Niantic and need help with plants that the deer won't EAT...At the present I have daylilies across the front of the house on the south side and they (deer) are enjoying the Salad Bar. We have sprayed, and currently have fish line going across and somehow they are getting at them. HELP...What can I plant there that they won't eat? Fran

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I have a house at Black Point Beach in Niantic and need help with plants that the deer won't EAT...At the present I have daylilies across the front of the house on the south side and they (deer) are enjoying the Salad Bar. We have sprayed, and currently have fish line going across and somehow they are getting at them. HELP...What can I plant there that they won't eat? Fran The first thing you have to do is remove ALL of the daylilies! It's like having a neon sign in your yard advertising dinner! There are too many deer resistant plants available to plant daylilies in deer country. Down by the water where you are, some plants to try would be: Russian Sage-Perovskia, Hyssop- Agastache 'Nectar Raspberry' or 'Nectar Orange', Yarrow- Achillea, Bugleweed-Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip', Ice Plant- Delosperma, Butterfly Weed- Asclepias, Asters, Coneflowers, Sea Holly-Eryngium, Tickseed-Coreopsis, Perennial Geranium, Joe Pye Weed- Eupatorium 'Baby Joe', Coral Bells- Heuchera, Sneezeweed- Helenium, Pinks-Dianthus, Lavender, Blazing Star-Liatris, Catmint-Nepeta, Moss Phlox, Black-eyed Susan, Bee Balm, Blue Mist Shrub-Caryopteris, St. Johnswort-Hypericum 'Baby Lion' or 'Ignite Scarlet Red', etc. There are lots more to choose from. "Deer-Resistant Landscaping" by Neil Soderstrom is one of the reference books I use. There are also many deer resistant plant lists online as well.

For readers that live in other areas, the deer resistant plant choices would be different than those listed above; if I can be of any assistance, please contact me.

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Linda K. Lillie is the President of Sprigs & Twigs, Inc, the premier landscape design and maintenance, tree care, lawn care, stonework, and carpentry service provider in southeastern Connecticut since 1997. She is a graduate of Connecticut College in Botany, a Connecticut Master Gardener and a national award winning landscape designer for her landscape design and landscape installation work.

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