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This is a response to Theresa's question, but I receive so many inquires about this, I thought I'd create a separate post. The first thing to recognize is no plant or tree is deer proof. Deer are herbivores and will eat any plant material to stay alive. Period. So you then venture into the degree in which a plant is deer resistant. They are also browsers. Which means they like to eat at smorgasbords. In our neighborhoods, we offer them a large smorgasbord palate to choose from. So the best advice is to improve your odds of either adding deterrents such as fencing, motion sprinklers, etc so they don't stop to browse. They are also lazy like we are. Why would you go through the hassle of fighting your way into a restaurant when you can go across the road with no wait and a pretty good smorgasbord? The next best strategy is to offer plants that deer don't really prefer. Think of getting your 7 year old to eat brussel sprouts. At this point, I turn to experts that I often rely on for help. This is taken from the MSU Cooperative Extension article called "Smart Gardening to prevent Deer" published 12/20/2016. "Make smart plant choices"
The best defense against deer is to plant things they are known to dislike. Deer tend to be put off by fuzzy, coarse or “fern-like” foliage, and leaves or stems with strong odors or spines. Some plants less attractive to deer are lamb’s ears, hellebores, ornamental grasses, ferns, catmint, Russian sage, lavender and snakeroot. While deer love tulips, they tend to avoid other bulbs such as daffodil, allium, grape hyacinth and autumn crocus.
As for trees and shrubs, deer often avoid pines, spruces, larches, cypress and boxwood. In spring and summer, Forsythia, Weigelia, Spirea and Ninebark attract fewer deer. For late-season color, try Callicarpa (Beautyberry) or Potentilla.
Linked here is that article along with a comprehensive list of plants, shrubs, and trees deemed to be deer resistant and listed as most to least deer resistant. I Highly recommend taking a few moments to look it over. I refer to it quite often as I make decisions on what to grow.
What plants do I like for deer and shade resistance? I really have too many to list here, but here's a few to get you started. Hellebores, ferns of all types, woodland poppies, ornamental grasses, potentilla, spirea, yews, boxwood, bleeding hearts, weigela. I'll stop there but I carry many, many more. Too many to mention.
Theresa and many others, I hope this helps you.