When making the decision to incorporate a deer resistant plant into the garden, consider Japanese Pieris. Also known as Japanese Andromeda, this plant yields attractive white or pink flowers and does an excellent job at repelling deer. It is also an evergreen, which provides it with a presence in the yard all year.
Japanese pieris looks quite similar to lily of the valley. It is drought tolerant and will grow equally well in well-drained or dry soil. Though it will do well in sunny spots, pieris should be planted in a shady area in order to avoid infestation by lacebugs. In order to control these pests, treat the plant with an insect and disease control spray every five to six weeks during the spring and summer.
The plant itself is rounded with long, slender leaves and blooms that appear in very early spring. The leaves start as a copper color, then fade to shiny green. The flowers have a light, sweet smell and they serve to keep away deer. Once the flowers die, dry clusters of fruit hang from the stems. The plant can be trimmed in late spring if desired, but pieris really does not require any maintenance.
The lilly of the valley and bleeding heart plants, which are similar in appearance, will also deter deer. Incorporating a variety of these plants in the garden will give the area a beautiful appearance and a nice scent. The pieris grows slowly, eventually becoming eight to twelve feet tall and approximately six to ten feet wide. Therefore, most gardens have plenty of room for other deer deterrent plants and shrubs.
Using the deer resistant plant Japanese pieris in the garden will add some color and scent. Deer do not like the sweet smelling flowers of the pieris so they will explore elsewhere. Pieris has a delicate appearance and an evergreen quality, making it attractive all year long.