Dig It! Deer proof plants (5 March 2018)
Deer can be a real nuisance in country gardens, and this week, our listener, Sandra, has a problem with deer eating the roses and dogwoods in her garden. There are lots of great alternatives, like the white, repeat flowering and disease-resistant Rosa rugosa " Blanc Double de Coubert" or the pale pink flowered Rosa rugosa "Belle de Poitevine" which was introduced in 1894 and is still going strong. If you can't find them in store, look for them at a specialist like the Swiss old rose and heritage grower, Tschanz - you can browse their catalogu here www.rosiers.ch For the dogwoods, look for something that has bright winter bark but is not so delicious to deer, either the very spiny ornamental bramble Rubus cockburnianus "Goldenvale" or the ornamental willow Salix alba vitellian "Britzensis" Alternatively, you could go for a shrub with winter berries, like the marvellous Callicarpa bodinieri "Profusion." The shiny, purple berries are left alone by both birds and deer, so you can enjoy them for months on end.