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50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat Paperback – May 31, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; Original edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691955
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide.
(Jim McCausland Reference and Research Book News)

"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide."
(Katherine Pacchiana Reference and Research Book News)

Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer.
(Bruce Zimmerman Sunset Magazine Fresh Dirt Blog)

If you think deer are dear, but not necessarily in your garden, you may want to consult Ruth Clausen's new book.
(Kathryn Brown The Daily Cortlandt)

Ruth Rogers Clausen's book "50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants" is simply the best book I have read on this subject.
(Jan Riggenbach Open-Line Gardening Show)

I loved all the great suggestions in this book. Clausen includes plants for all landscape areas and the selections provide for varied and interesting plantings.
(Jodi Torpey East Oregonian)

I especially like… Clausen’s deer-resistance ratings.
(Genevieve Schmidt Omaha World-Herald)

As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in.
(Susan Harris The Denver Post)

Using Clausen’s hand-picked varieties, it would be hard to fail at creating a cohesively designed deer-resistant garden that is a pleasure to spend time in.
(Deborah Roberts Christian Science Monitor)

An exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen
(Sue O'Brien Garden Rant)

I highly recommend 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants for every gardener who battles bambi on a regular basis.
(Sue O'Brien Garden of Possibilities blog)

"This visually appealing. practical, authoratative book is highly recommended for gardeners in deer country who would like to have a beautiful garden without fencing as their only solution."
(Library Journal)

"This visually appealing, practical, authoratative book is highly recommended for gardeners in deer country who would like to have a beautiful garden without fencing as their only solution."
(Library Journal)

About the Author

Ruth Rogers Clausen’s Perennials for American Gardens (Random House, 1989, with coauthor Nicolas H. Ekstrom) received the Quill & Trowel Award for 1990 from the Garden Writers Association. She has also written for the American Garden Guides Series: Perennial Gardening with The New York Botanical Garden, Annual Gardening with Missouri Botanical Garden, and Trees with Chicago Botanic Garden. Her Dreamscaping was published by Hearst Books. Ruth has contributed articles to several of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s handbooks. Former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine, she often serves as a judge at flower shows. She gardens in Westchester County, New York. She is the author of 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants.



Noted garden, nature, and landscape photographer Alan L. Detrick’s award-winning work has appeared worldwide in major publications including Audubon, Garden Design, Horticulture, Modern Maturity, Natural History, Reader's Digest, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Sunset. An experienced instructor, Alan has lectured and led photography workshops for professional organizations and public gardens including the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, the Garden Writers Association, The New York Botanical Garden, Chanticleer Garden, Brookside Gardens, and Longwood Gardens. In addition to owning a stock photography agency, Alan and his wife and business partner Linda also provide photographic services for landscape architects and garden designers. In 2005 they were honored as Fellows of the Garden Writers Association. They reside in Glen Rock, New Jersey. He is the author of Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers.


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The book is well presented with lovely pictures.
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The Kindle edition flows very nicely, and allows you to bookmark favorite plants.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is a one-stop, simple resource for east coast homeowners who need hardy, easy-to-grow, deer-resistant plants that won't let them down. I love that the author has selected a wide variety of plants which all go together fairly well. It would be very hard to screw up a design scheme using the plants in this book. Most have a cottage garden appearance, with lots of flowers and color, but of course style is largely in the layout and design, so you could create a variety of differently-styled gardens using only the plants she suggests.

I love that for each plant, she gives a detailed set of companion plants that flower harmoniously or have great foliage contrast. This makes it easy for more experienced gardeners to use a wider palette of plants, since for each plant, she gives around 10 suggestions for other plants to use alongside it. This means that the book features many more than 50 plants.

I'm a professional landscaper in the coastal Pacific Northwest, and the author is an east coast gardener, so a few of the plant suggestions did miss the mark for my climate. Some don't grow well with the rain, fog, or lack of frost on the coast (peony, basil, lily of the valley), and others become thuggish in my generally hospitable climate (ostrich fern, bigroot geranium).

That said, no gardening book will have plants to suit every microclimate, even those that are specifically for your state or region. I'm a big proponent of using books like this as a starting point for getting ideas, then going to your local nursery, talking with friends or your local garden club, or having a consultation with a landscape designer/ garden coach to weed out any plants likely to be underwhelming or problematic in your climate.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By allanbecker-gardenguru on November 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants: The Prettiest Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, and Shrubs that Deer Don't Eat
Gardeners who live in deer country have a serious layer of complexity to work through when planning their landscapes: - Hungry deer will ultimately eat much of what they plant. Some are prepared to invest in fences that protect their plants from becoming Bambi brunch, while many prefer not to spend funds on such structures, or to invest in the necessary time to install them. As well, applying environmentally friendly products with deer-deterring odors can be both costly and labor-intensive because rain will wash away such products thus requiring repeated applications.

From time to time, many garden writers will publish articles about plants that deer avoid, however that information is usually insufficient. Knowing what deer will or will not eat, might ensure that a garden will not become a cafeteria, but that knowledge is incomplete when it does not address beauty and the elements of garden design.

It's no secret that planning a beautiful deer-resistant garden is tedious work. Every time we select a plant or include our favorite perennial, we are obliged first to do research to determine if it is deer-candy. How exciting that now we have a list of beautiful, deer-resistant plants, conveniently tucked into a sumptuously illustrated handbook, [Mr. Detrick's photographs are awesome]. As the subtitle suggests, this publication is about the prettiest annuals, perennials, bulbs, and shrubs. That list also includes herbs, ferns, and ornamental grasses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vickie atkins on April 24, 2013
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I would've preferred pictures of the plant to be on the same page as the description. I like to see what I'm reading about first, not 2 pages after the information has been given. Not the author's fault by no means, but, just too bad the deer, just as humans, enjoy the more colorful flowers and plants, thus limiting the beauty of the illustrations. I did like that detailed information was given about the plants, ie, castor oil plant is poisonous and to the deers habits, likes and dislikes. Good info all the way around and intend on putting some of it to use soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Busch on April 26, 2012
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I bought this book due to the frustration of having deer going to town on various plants in my yard. Its only been a few weeks, so I cannot fully attest to the accuracy of the recommendations, but there have been no deer eating (yet) the recommended plants Ive chosen so far.

The book is well-written and the photographs are great, so its been a pleasure to read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Kranz on April 30, 2013
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Really love all the opinions about using deer resistant plants to create a nice garden. Also, valuable is the rating system for deer resistance and the explanation that during certain times not all plants are deer resistant. My backyard is adjacent to a large wooded area and we do have a large amount of deer present. My 100 lb labrador patrolling the back yard also helps a lot with deer control!! :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara F. on December 17, 2012
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This book has lots of information, although it could be arranged better. The author does state that the key word is "resistant." There is nothing deer will not eat or at least try. The only sure way to keep your plants growing unmolested is with a fence or repeated spraying with repellent.
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