FD2B Talk Radio Insight of the Night: Deer-proof perennials

July 8, 2013 -  By

One common problem landscape design/build contractors face is providing seasonal color for their clients without creating a “landscape buffet” for the local deer population. Author and gardening expert Stephanie Cohen, aka “The Perennial Diva,” shared some tips about “Tried and True Perennials for Your Landscape” on FD2B Talk Radio on July 3.

In the early spring Cohen uses several varieties of daffodils and crocus while avoiding tulips and hyacinths. During the rest of the season, and as a general rule of thumb, she’s found that deer don’t like perennials that have a pungent smell (such as lavender) or hairy or pubescent leaves or stems, like lamb’s ear. Add some Japanese painted ferns and ornamental grasses and you can create a seasonal, colorful garden that’s not only low maintenance but also deer proof.

To gain even more insight about perennial design and selections, listen to the interview in its entirety.

Show: “Tried and True Perennials For Your Landscape”
Guest: Stephanie Cohen, The Perennial Diva, Collegeville Pa.
Date: July 3, 2013

Editor’s note: As part of a partnership between Landscape Management and FD2B Talk Radio, we post an “Insight of the Night” every Thursday from the previous night’s radio show. FD2B Talk Radio is a Green Industry radio show that broadcasts live every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern. Its host and founder is LM columnist Jody Shilan, who’s also the editor and founder of

About the Author:

Jody Shilan is a landscape design/build sales consultant, editor of and former executive director of the New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association. Reach him at 201-783-2844 or

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