Deer can be seen chowing down on clovers, forbs, weeds, and rushes, so grass may seem like the last thing you’d want to plant in a deer-resistant garden. However, not all grasses appeal to deer. Ornamental grasses are often spared because they typically have a tough, dense, and shiny texture that makes them hard for deer to pluck, chew, and digest. According to Plant Addicts, the tough texture of ornamental grass can also repel rabbits, gophers, and other garden nuisance animals. In addition to being very deer-resistant, ornamental grasses can add a lush, modern appearance to your garden or yard.
Tim Flood recommends planting ornamental grasses throughout your garden because they are adaptable to many soil and sunlight conditions. Although many ornamental grasses don’t produce flowers, Flood says, “many have colorful foliage, and the seed heads can also be very showy — and remain wildly attractive all winter long.” Although they are often treated as filler plants, ornamental grasses are far from boring. “Color, movement, and easy-to-grow perennial grasses vary greatly in size,” Flood says, “so be sure to pick a grass that works for your landscape.” For the best decorative effects and deer-resistant properties, Flood recommends several grass varieties, including Flame Grass, Fountain Grass, Switch Grass, Little Bluestem, or Japanese Forest grass.