It can be so frustrating when you place a pot of flowers at the grave and then later see them eaten by the roaming deer! To help deter those pesky munchers, here are some plants that deer DON’T like along with a few other tricks to help keep them away.

Here are some that are decorative, long-lasting, and that deer generally avoid.

  • Lavender
  • Begonia
  • Salvia
  • Phlox
  • Delphinium
  • Yarrow
  • Primrose
  • Foxglove
  • Coneflower

Finally, these tricks have worked for some:

Deer generally stay away from anything bitter, so mix in some herbs with your flowers like Thyme, Oregano, or Sage.

Deer don’t like weird textures! Black-Eyed Susan and Astilbe are two that aren’t palatable.

Deer are repelled by soap. Hang a bar of soap off the back of the urn. The smell will keep the deer away. Just don’t put it in the soil as it might kill the plants

If you buy pre-made potted liners or baskets, try adding one of these plants. And as always, make sure you know what the cemetery regulations say about plantings and decorations.