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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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“Take her tips, and you just might convince the deer to eat at a restaurant down the street.” —Amanda Lecky, GoodHouseKeeping.com (syndicated review)

Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer.” —Sunset Magazine's Fresh Dirt Blog

“This visually appealing. practical, authoritative book is highly recommended for gardeners in deer country who would like to have a beautiful garden without fencing as their only solution.” —Sue O’Brien,Library Journal Starred Review

“An exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen.” —Susan Harris,GardenRant

“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.” —Genevieve Schmidt,Christian Science Monitor

“As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in.” —Jodi Torpey,The Denver Post

“Ruth Rogers Clausen’s book “50 Beautiful Deer Resistant Plants” is simply the best book I have read on this subject.”—Bruce Zimmerman, Open-Line Gardening Show Four Star Review

“Finally here’s a wise, inspiring, and easy-to-use resource for landowners and gardeners who are fortunate enough to love in deer country…a gardener who follows Clausen’s advice can create stress-reducing gardens that give year-round pleasure.” —Virginia Wildlife Magazine

“Ruth Rogers Clausen’s 2011 Timber Press Book 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, offers gardeners a great way to landscape without concern for deer damage.” —Virginian-Pilot

“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.” —Kathryn Brown,East Oregonian

“Overall, I’d highly recommend this book to all deer-plagued gardeners, from those who are just beginning to those who are advanced. Anyone tired of the never-ending battle with the deer needs to have this book by their side!” —Rebecca Sweet, GossipintheGarden.com

“Ruth Clausen is one of the best-known names in garden writing, and a trusted source for the most in-depth and reliable information.” —Ken Druse, Real Dirt Radio

About the Author

Ruth Rogers Clausen's Perennials for American Gardens (Random House, 1989, with coauthor Nicolas H. Ekstrom) received the Quill and 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 and Reader's Digest Books. The former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener magazine, Ruth contributes articles to several magazines including Country Gardens, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, and Fine Gardening. She gardens in Westchester County, New York, where deer abound.
 


Alan L. Detrick is a professional photographer whose images of nature and gardens appear in media worldwide. He has lectured and conducted photography workshops at Maine Media Workshops, The New York Botanical Garden, Chanticleer Garden, Brookside Gardens, and Longwood Gardens, as well as for the the American Horticultural Society, the Garden Club of America, and the Garden Writers Association, where he was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2010. He is the author of Macro Photography for Gardeners and Nature Lovers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press; 39819th edition (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604691956
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604691955
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2011
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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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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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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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Delivered in due time, well packaged, new condition. If you are looking for desgn plans, this doesn't get that involved with that aspect. It does give a detailed list of plants that deer won't bother. That's what it was suppose to do, after all. I want more of a deer resistant garden design. I do recommend this for beginning gardeners.
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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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This book is much more than a book about deer resistant plants. It is a "go to" manual for gardening that is an easy read from beginning to end. The informative read suggests complimentary plants to fill in your entire garden bed.
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Have many deer and wild-life in my yard, the ideas shared in the book are very helpful and will certainly be a money saver down the road, for everything I like, so have the deer, but no more! Know I've learned what to NOT plant :-)
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