Deer and other larger animals are not attracted to Gardenia shrubs. In fact they are considered “Deer Resistant” so you can safely plant them in your yard and garden. Some people will place gardenias next to plants that are attractive to animals to help protect them from getting damaged or eaten.
Deer may try a leaf or two of your gardenia plant but they really do not like the taste or scent so will move on to a more desirable plant such as roses or tulips. They may do more damage to your shrubs by walking or laying down for the evening on top of them.
How To Keep Deer Away From Gardenias?
You really do not have to worry about deer damaging or eating your gardenia shrubs. If you do wish to keep them totally safe you may use fencing or a commercial deer repellent product. There are also motion sensitive sprinklers that can work to startle or scare off any wildlife that may be interested in your gardenias.
Will Gardenias Come Back After Deer Eat Them?
Deer will often sample a plant but then move on to something more desirable. If they do damage your shrubs you can simply prune any broken branches. This should not affect their flowering or performance depending on the time of year.
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