Deer resistant plants instead of fencing

Asked June 12, 2018, 6:54 AM EDT

My wife wanted some vines to climb up poles on back porch. We got deer resistant but they are getting stripped. I have to fence off everything I put anywhere but this area would be difficult. I feed the deer lots on the other side of house. Question: if I put oleanders next to these would they keep deer from munching?

Hays County Texas

1 Response

Hello

Oleanders should be a good choice.

However they might occasionally freeze down, but should come back in the spring.
Plus it's best to cut them to the ground anyway in early March to rejuvenate them for spring and to minimize the potential of a disease called oleander blight.

Here is the most informative article on deer resistant plants.
Please read the end real closely.

Happy Gardening!

David Rodriguez -Extension Horticulturist
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Bexar County/San Antonio