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6 MORE Deer-Resistant Herbs

You told us you wanted more deer-resistant herbs and we heard you.

Lemon balm Melissaofficinalis

  • Herbaceous member of the mint family
  • White to pale pink flowers bloom June-August
  • Attracts honey bees
  • Edible, lemon-scented leaves are used in soup, pasta and salad
  • Medicinally has been used to sooth the nerves and help with colds
  • Will spread via self-seeding, but not difficult to control

Mint Mentha

  • Deters ants and flies
  • Refreshing when added to drinks
  • Mint oil adds a nice scent to the home
  • WARNING: Mints can take over the garden, so plant with care and maintain with diligence
  • Planting in containers will control its spread via runners
  • Prefers rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Attracts honeybees and other beneficial pollinators to the garden

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Russian oregano Origanumvulgare subsp. gracile

  • Culinary herb
  • White to pink flowers bloom June-October
  • Grown for culinary use rather than aesthetic purposes
  • Likes dry to medium, well-drained soil
  • Grows via rhizomes reaching 18 inches tall and wide
  • Easy to grow with no serious issues unless grown in wet areas which may cause root rot


Rosemary Rosmarinusofficinalis

  • Highly desirable as a culinary herb
  • Size: 2-6 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide
  • An evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves
  • Fragrant pale blue to white flowers bloom June-July
  • Great in the kitchen garden, in containers or part of a traditional garden bed
  • Difficult to grow indoors
  • Susceptible to powdery mildew when air circulation is limited
  • Attracts butterflies

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Sage Salvia officinalis

  • Desired for seasoning fish, meet and stuffing
  • Wider than it is tall, it is more like a shrub in appearance
  • Prefers sunny, well-drained soil
  • Will develop mildew if air circulation is poor so give the plant room to grow and thin out interior stems

English thyme Thymusvulgaris

  • Very popular culinary herb
  • Pale purple flowers bloom May-July
  • Evergreen herb that adds winter interest to the garden
  • Thrives in loose, sandy, rocky soil in full sun
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Grow indoors in a sunny window for winter cooking

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