Our mission is to share the wonders of the natural world by publishing books from experts in the fields of gardening, horticulture, and natural history. Grow with us.

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

By Ruth Rogers Clausen

Photographs by Alan L. Detrick

Simply the best book I have read on this subject.

Bruce Zimmerman, host of the Open-Line Garden Show

Keeping your beautiful garden safe from deer is as simple as choosing the right plants. In 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants, gardening expert Ruth Rogers Clausen introduces the most versatile and drool-worthy options: white snowdrops that bloom in the spring; shade-loving, electric gold hakone grass; long-blooming Texas sage in vibrant reds, peaches, and pinks; and the feathery foliage of Arkansas blue stars that glows golden in the autumn.

Illustrated throughout with full-color photographs of every plant, this inspiring guide offers everything a plant-lover with a deer problem needs to know. In addition to the 50 best annuals, perennials, bulbs, ferns, grasses, and shrubs — plus advice on how to grow them — Clausen includes dozens of deer-resistant companions and smart design tips for pulling it all together. And here's the best part: your gorgeous garden will be irresistible to everyone but those pesky deer.

Media reviews

"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

"An exceedingly helpful resource, expertly researched and written by the respected writer Ruth Rogers Clausen."

—Susan Harris, Garden Rant

"I highly recommend 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants for every gardener who battles Bambi on a regular basis."

—Deborah Roberts, Garden of Possibilities blog

"If you think deer are dear, but not necessarily in your garden, you may want to consult Ruth Clausen's new book."

—Katherine Pacchiana, The Daily Cortlandt

"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."

—Renee Struthers-Hogge, East Oregonian

"As an experienced plantswoman, Ruth Rogers Clausen understands the balance between keeping deer out of gardens and fencing gardeners in."

—Jodi Torpey, 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."

—Genevieve Schmidt, Christian Science Monitor

"I especially like Clausen's deer-resistance ratings."

—Jan Riggenbach, Midwest Gardening

"Even apart from its gorgeous photography, which will make you want to eat the plants, the book has much to offer."

—Jim McCausland, Sunset Magazine Fresh Dirt blog

"Simply the best book I have read on this subject."

—Bruce Zimmerman, Open-Line Gardening Show

"Beautifully illustrated with full-page color plates. A terrific guide."

Reference and Research Book News

About the author

Ruth Rogers Clausen

Ruth Rogers Clausen, a horticulturist trained in England, has been living and working in United States for many years. Over her long career she has taught and lectured widely. Former horticulture editor for Country Living Gardener, she has written several books, including 50 Beautiful Deer-Resistant Plants.

Read more about Ruth Rogers Clausen

Want this author to speak at your event? Visit the Timber Press Speakers Bureau

View large jacket image

$19.95

You can also buy this book from these online retailers: (TimberPress.com discounts do not apply)


In the media?

Jacket image

Download a hi-resolution version of the book jacket (2250×2700 px, 2.5 MB).

Request a review copy

All fields are required. U.S. addresses only.

See more information about this book