ocean side shrubs, perenniels that are deer, rabbit resistent

Asked August 23, 2019, 3:37 PM EDT

Ocean side living in Waldport OR. I need ideas of shrubs and perenniels that are also deer, rabbit resistent. Where do I find this type of information?

Lincoln County Oregon

3 Responses

Glad to hear that you're looking for deer/rabbit resistant shrubs & perennials. If they're hungry enough, deer especially may nibble on anything. If you want deer/rabbit-proof, then a fence is probably required.

In Waldport, you probably already have Salal, an Oregon native shrub, growing. It is definitely deer/rabbit-resistant and well adapted to the coast. You may also have other Oregon native shrubs like Evergreen Huckleberry or Black Twinberry that deer/rabbits usually don't go after. If so, consider keeping those.

Another favorite is a non-native shrub called Escallonia (comes in regular and dwarf sizes). It is fast-growing, salt air tolerant and deer/rabbit resistant.

Rhododendron, Heath (Erica spp.), Heather, Juniper, Rockrose (Cistus), Rosemary, Red Flowering Currant, Barberry, Daphne, Forsythia, Azalea, Oregon Grape, Ceanothus (CA Lilac), Hebe, Red Elderberry, Mexican Orange, Red Osier Dogwood, Pieris, Pacific Wax Myrtle, & Nootka Rose are also deer/rabbit resistant shrubs that work well on the coast.

Here are some perennials for the coast that aren't usually favored by deer/rabbits:
Ferns (Western Swordfern), Columbine, Russian Sage, Wallflower, Hellebore, Yarrow, Foxglove, Shasta Daisy, Lupine, Catmint, Chrysanthemums, Iris, Salvia, Calla Lily, Coreopsis, Crocosmia (Lucifer cultivar only), Pacific Bleeding Heart, Kinnickinnick, Red Hot Poker, Narcissus, Daffodil.

Here also is an Oregon State Extension publication that may be useful in the selection of Oregon native plants although it doesn't directly deal with deer/rabbit resistance - "Gardening with Oregon native Plants West of the Cascades" https://catalog.extension.oregonstate.edu/sites/catalog/files/project/pdf/ec1577.pdf

Thanks so much for your reply. This will help a lot.