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If you have any questions concerning the Perennial Department please don’t hesitate to contact Elise in our Perennial Department! We will be more than happy to assist you in your gardening needs!!!


Deer can be a problem in Pittsburgh area gardens. These perennials are deer resistant, allowing you to add color and texture to your garden.

Everyone has their favorites, but we at Reilly’s have found these deer-resistant spring flowering bulbs will add color to your garden.

For more information about deer-resistant plants, visit Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station website.


Common Name Latin Name
Monkshood Aconitum sp.
Anise Hyssop Agastache sp.
Ornamental Onion Allium sp.
Rock-Cress Arabis caucasica
Jack-in-the-pulpit Arisaema triphylum
Horseradish Armoracia rusticana
Tarragon Artemisia dracunculus
Silver Mound Artemisia sp.
Wild Ginger Asarum canadense
European Ginger Asarum europaeum
Purple Rock-Cress Aubretia deltoidea
Basket of Gold Aurinia saxatilis
False Indigo Baptisia australis
Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera) Bruneria macrophylla
Threadleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata
Corydalis Corydalis sp.
Fringed Bleeding Heart Dicentra eximia
Bleeding Heart Dicentra spectabilis
Small Globe Thistle Echinops ritro
Spurge Euphorbia sp. (except Spurge ‘Chameleon’)
Lenten or Christmas Rose Helleborus sp.
Dame’s Rocket Hesperis matronalis
Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
 Iris Iris sp. (may eat buds)
Lavender Lavandula sp.
Bigleaf Goldenray Ligularia dentata
Rocket Ligularia Ligularia ‘The Rocket’
Statice Limonium latifolium
Butter & Eggs Linaria vulgaris
Rose Campion Lychnis coronaria
Marjoram Majorana
Horehound Marrubium vulgare
Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis
Mint Mentha sp.
Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sp.
Catmint Nepeta sp.
Oregano Oreganum sp.
Peony Paeonia sp. (may eat buds)
Russian Sage Perovskio atriplicifolia
Greek Jerusalem Sage Phlomis sp.
May Apple Podophyllum
Potentilla, Cinquefoil Potentilla sp.
Lungwort Pulmonaria sp.
Buttercup Ranunculus sp.
Rodgers Flower Rodgersia sp.
Rue Ruta sp.
Garden Sage Salvia officinalis
Lavender-Cotton Santolina chamaecyparissus
Lamb’s Ear Stachys byzantina
Common Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Germander Teucrium Chamaedrys
Meadow Rue Thalictrum sp.
Thyme Thymus sp.
Yucca Yucca filimentosa



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