Proven Winners® ColorChoice
DEER PROOF™ SHRUBS
A new way to shop for plants from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs
Deer browsing presents a rapidly increasing challenge for city dwellers, suburbanites, and country folk alike. As the deer population grows and spreads, people who never dreamed they’d see one in their backyard are waking up to find their landscapes and gardens obliterated nearly overnight. While this presents an opportunity for the ornamental horticulture industry, it also presents a challenge for homeowners: which plants to pick to avoid it happening again?
The Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Shrubs Deer Proof™ programs brings together the most deer resistant flowering shrubs and evergreens on the market and packages them in a special container that makes it clear that they are a safe choice. The Deer Proof logo on the containers and tag make it clear these plant provide long-lasting landscaping for beauty and peace of mind.
Look for the following Deer Proof™ varieties from Proven Winners ColorChoice Shrubs:
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you know these plants won't be eaten by deer?
We rely on university websites, and especially this page from Rutgers University, which ranks deer resistance from A (“Rarely Damaged”) to D (“Frequently Severely Damaged”). Only plants that get an “A” ranking will be included. For plants that are not included in the Rutgers database, we source from other university websites.
I have purchased other plants that said they were deer resistant but deer ate them anyway. Will that happen with these?
It is true that plants fresh from the grower or garden center are far more appealing to deer than plants that have been growing out in the landscape. They have been pumped full of water and fertilizer, making their growth far softer and more succulent than growth that emerges naturally outdoors. As such, in areas with severe deer pressure, new plants should be protected with repellent, netting, or fencing for their first season.