Top Deer-Resistant Plants of the Northeast Virginia Bluebells A native wildflower through eastern North America. In spring clusters of true-blue flowers. By midsummer, it goes dormant (plant w/partner like epimedium or lungwort), but it's worth it for the weeks of bloom and DEER AVOID IT. Plant Name: Mertensia pulmonarioides Growing Conditions: Shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide Zones: 3-7
Red Stonecrop (Sedum Spurium 'Schorbuser Blut') is a very attractive border plant that does not mind the shade and can be used as ground cover under trees and shrubs forming an expansive red carpet. Its star-shaped red flowers stand out from its beautiful dark green, slightly red leaves. Flowers absolutely anywhere. Another advantage of these plants is that they suppress the growth of weeds.
Russian Sage 'PEEK-A-BLUE': Usually, Perovskia is tall and gangly with a tendency to flop over. Here is a more compact Russian Sage that grows to 28 inches tall and wide. Another deer-proof plant that blooms from midsummer into early fall.
Every year, gardeners fall in love with these Old-Fashioned Bleeding Heart: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/the-best-perennials-for-shade/?socsrc=bhgpin071814oldfashionedbleedingheart&page=4
Hostas are among the showiest and easy-to-grow perennials in the shade. They also offer the most variety of any shade plant. Choose from miniatures that stay only a couple of inches wide or giants that sprawl 6 feet across or more. Look for leaves in shades of green, blue, white, chartreuse, and gold, with many cultivars being variegated. Some hosta flowers are very fragrant.
Astilbe Enjoy the feathery plumes of Astilbe in early summer. This tough perennial blooms in shades of burgundy, red, pink, lavender, and white. In addition to the attractive flowers, it has finely cut foliage, which in many varieties is flushed with bronze. Astilbe grows best in Zones 4-8 and can reach up to 4 feet tall, depending on variety.
Ostrich Fern is a tough perennial that loves moist, shady spots. Try more of our favorite flowers for wet soil: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/flowers-for-wet-soil/?socsrc=bhgpin061614ostrichfern&page=10