TOP DEER AND JAVELINA RESISTANT PLANTS
Javelina and deer can be a nuisance to your garden and landscaping, as they nibble on plants and dig up the plants that they do not eat. They have poor eyesight and a great sense of smell, with a diet that changes upon the environment’s food availability. Javelina and deer are omnivorous animals, who feed on the roots of many plants. With the assistance of the Arizona Cooperative Extension of the University of Arizona, the Commercial and Residential-Commercial Landscapers at Terra Sole Outdoors have put together a list of the top 10 plants and flowers, in no particular order, that are less likely to be eaten by the neighborhood javelina and deer.
Daylily: Growing in almost every climate, daylilies are easy to grow with very little maintenance. Most critters and animals leave daylilies alone. There is an abundance of colors available, including pink, lavender, red, yellow, orange, and exotic brown. In the desert climate, the soil should be cooled down in the fall before the daylilies are planted. The daylilies thrive in filtered shade and can survive considerable drought.
Butterfly Bush: This bush can resist deer and javelinas, but attract butterflies to its ball-shaped clustering flowers. The shrub is evergreen and can also resist scorching sun and heat. Requiring very little maintenance, the shrub contrasts against other taller evergreens in a landscape. The bush thrives in full sun and typically grows to be four feet tall and wide.
Cranesbill: This flower is a true, perennial geranium, which grows all across the country. They are known for their low-maintenance, yet dependable, flowers, which are resists to insects and animals alike. These flowers are great for spilling over path edges and rock walls.
Rosemary: This perennial plant should be a landscaping staple. As a member of the mint family, rosemary can survive Arizona winters and summers. The common varieties have blue flowers, while other varieties can provide white or pink flowers. During the growing season, rosemary should be water every 3 to 5 days and planted in native soil.
Purple Lilac Vine: While being originally from Australia, Purple Lilac Vines thrive in the Southwest region of the US. The vine provides beautiful flowers in the winter, and when it is not flowering the vine’s attractive leaves provide foliage covering. The plant is fairly-low maintenance with very little pruning needed. It can also be used as a privacy screen on a fence.
Violas: Coming almost every color combination, these delicate flowers can reseed themselves each year. Being smaller in stature, violas can recover from any frost and thrive in the spring-time.
English Ivy: This vine is an evergreen traditional element in many Arizona landscapes. The ivy creates a thick mat of green foliage, which can develop up to eight inches high and spreads on the ground. The ivy can add a tropical appearance and be kept for many years if maintained properly. English Ivy prefers to develop by clinging on to masonry or bricks. The vines prefer regular irrigation with partial shade.
Iris: Known as one of the easiest perennials to grow in Arizona, irises require little maintenance and are not appealing to any wildlife. The plant is tough in all weather and provides beautiful blossoming flowers. You can find many colors and varieties in whites, yellows, blues, pinks, purples, and reds. Irises prefer full sun exposure in light soil.
Daffodils: These spring bulbs can stand both heat and cold and offer many fascinating flower blossoms and colors. Daffodils enjoy watering but do not need it to thrive. Each year, the perennials will come to life and become more resilient over time. Daffodils are early blooms and are rot-resistant.
Dahlia: Native to Mexico, Dahlias fit well in any Arizona landscaping. While hundreds of hybrids available, dahlias can come in many sizes and colors. These flowers do require full sunshine in a hot summer climate, well-drained soil, and regular watering.
Do you still need help determining the best landscaping that is resistant to deer and javelina? Check out an Arizona Landscaping Company’s designs, such as Terrasole Outdoor Designs, for inspiration today.