Tough as Nails Deer-Resistant Garden for Shade
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Tough as Nails Deer-Resistant Garden for Shade

Tough as Nails Deer-Resistant Garden for Shade

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Common Name: Preplanned Garden
Hardiness Zone: 5-8S/9W Exposure: Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jun-Aug
Mature Height: 1-3' Ships as: BAREROOT OR POT GROWN
Deer Resistance: Yes
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Use our Tough as Nails Deer-Resistant Garden to create a serene oasis in shade with perennials as graceful as they are rugged, and, just as important to many gardeners, unpalatable to deer. This preplanned collection features a trio of Astilbes with starry pink, red, and white spires and feathery leaves. Their easy-care companions include Lady Ferns, golden Japanese Forest Grass, and Lamium 'Pink Pewter,' a vigorous (but not aggressive), mat-forming ground cover with silver-gray leaves and pretty, clear pink flowers. The number of plants of each variety is in parentheses. 13 plants total. Tough as Nails Deer-Resistant Garden for Shade includes:

  • (2) Astilbe x arendsii 'White Gloria'' 
  • (3) Astilbe 'Visions'
  • (2) Astilbe 'Fanal' 
  • (2) Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina
  • (2) Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola') 
  • (2) Lamium maculatum 'Purple Dragon' (PP 15,890) 

The garden fills about 60 sq ft.


Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We're sorry, but we cannot ship this item to the following states: Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington.


The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. We also ship a wide range of containers and planters, tools, supplies, fertilizers, garden wear, garden decor items, as well as indoor decorations like wreaths and dried bouquets when available. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the green Shipping Details box for each item. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at the expected time of delivery.


We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.



Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5 stars (2 Reviews) Write a Review

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Slow start but nice garden

The plants started slowly but with the second year of growth, it’s beginning to look like it should. Maybe the description should say it takes 3 years to grow, but all plants are doing well now.

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My deer liked it.

The plants all came up and looked healthy but when they reached about 12" tall, the deer decided to go ahead and eat them. It took a month or two for them to eat the Japanese grass but they liked the ferns right away. I suppose the level of deer resistance may depend on other forage available but in Georgetown Texas, the deer didn't resist.
Response from White Flower FarmWhite Flower Farm, 5 years ago (03/02/19 10:07AM)

I am sorry to learn deer ate the plants in this collection. Here is information from the website regarding the protection of resistant plants for a period of time after planting:
First: the caveat. With the possible exception of spiny Barberries (Berberis) there are no absolutely deer-proof plants. If the herd is large enough, and food is scarce enough, deer have been known to eat almost anything.
That said, there are plants that are much less palatable to deer, though even these "resistant" varieties are vulnerable in the first few weeks after planting when their leaf tissue is especially nitrogen-rich. We recommend spraying new plants with a deer-repellent for 3-4 after planting to prevent plants from being damaged. As the root systems of the plants were not damaged, the plants should survive.
I have also emailed this information to you directly.

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