Did you know that attractive landscaping increases the value of a home by up to 15 percent? And that an investment in landscaping is estimated to pay for itself up to 10 times over when a home sells? Not only does landscaping provide great curb appeal that can bring you a higher sales price when you sell, but you can enjoy it every day until it does.

However, in our neck of the woods the deer seem determined to undermine our best efforts. But don’t let that discourage you! You can outsmart them by planting varieties they tend to dislike. Here are a few of my favorites, and they are guaranteed to take your landscaping up a notch.

Butterfly Weed

Happily, this plant will bring a host of butterflies to your yard — but not deer. A tough perennial native to No. America, it’s covered with clusters of orange flowers in summer. It’s also heat and drought resistant, so you can depend on it to look good, even with little care.

Plant Name: Asclepias tuberosa

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide



This hardy & beautiful plant has scented, silvery-green foliage and clusters of violet-blue flowers in late summer and fall. It’s drought-resistant beauty adds a touch of no-care color to shrub borders when most other shrubs have finished.

Plant Name: Caryopteris selections

Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

Size: To 4 feet tall and wide



Perfect in dry, shady conditions, epimedium is a knockout variety with cute flowers (in shades of pink, red, orange, white, and yellow) and deer-resistant foliage. Many selections of this wonderfully easy ground cover are evergreen — giving it an extra level of interest.

Plant Name: Epimedium selections

Growing Conditions: Shade and well-drained soil

Size: To 2 feet tall and wide


Sow the seeds, reap the rewards. Happy Gardening!