En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
Not Yet Rated

Wednesday - May 16, 2012

From: Lakeway, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Container Gardens, Deer Resistant, Privacy Screening
Title: Screening Planter Recommendations for Lakeway TX
Answered by: Brigid & Larry Larson

QUESTION:

I live in Lakeway in a townhome. The parking lot is directly in front of my unit so I always see headlights and cars. The HOA has agreed to build a planter about 4 feet high to help hide the cars. Would you please suggest some plants other than Primrose or Rosemary that we could plant in the planter to provide a screen from the cars. The plants need to be deer resistant. Thank you so very much

ANSWER:

You are most welcome.  We’re all about native plants, so you can be sure that if Mr Smarty Plants suggests a Primrose or Rosemary – It’ll at least be a native variety!  You’re safe though, none of my investigations came up with those.

My normal method of finding suggestions is to bring up the “Recommended Species” page for your area, then search that listing for the characteristics you want [such as size or shade tolerance].  Unfortunately, for “Deer Resistance” you actually have to read the Plant Record, it’s near the bottom in a section named “BENEFIT”.

 Here are four other Mr Smarty Plants answers for similar questions.   This one has suggestions for an eight foot high screen in Austin.  Another uses a different method to find a privacy screen for a shaded area in Austin.  Some people [and perhaps you] would like evergreen shrubs, and here is another set of recommendations for shade near Austin.

When I went though these, five plants struck me a good candidates for your situation. You should consider these:
Rhus aromatica (Fragrant sumac) – 6-12 ft., High Deer Resistance
Morella cerifera (Wax myrtle) – 6-12 ft, moderate deer resistance
Amorpha fruticosa (Indigo bush) – 6-10 feet, moderate deer resistance
Leucophyllum frutescens (Cenizo) – 2-5 feet, High deer resistance
Sabal minor (Dwarf palmetto) – 5-10 feet, distinctively different!

Finally, please consider that planters need a bit more care and consideration than my normal “Stick it in the ground and watch it grow” approach.  The Wildflower Center has an excellent “How-to” article on container gardening, please keep these suggestions in mind!   Enjoy your screen!

 

From the Image Gallery


Fragrant sumac
Rhus aromatica

Wax myrtle
Morella cerifera

Indigo bush
Amorpha fruticosa

Indigo bush
Amorpha fruticosa

Cenizo
Leucophyllum frutescens

Dwarf palmetto
Sabal minor

More Deer Resistant Questions

Not deer eating the Eve's necklace in San Marcos TX
June 16, 2011 - Dear Mr SP, Re: the Eve's necklace being eaten. I'm so sorry that I didn't tell you in my original question which you were kind enough to answer with the speed of lightening, but I am on the East...
view the full question and answer

Using Erosion Mats to Discourage Deer in Buda, Texas
June 09, 2011 - I have a small back yard that has turned into a throughway for a large herd of deer. Whenever I try to grow grass the deer pull out the grasses. The more I water it, the more deer traffic. I was wo...
view the full question and answer

Is old fashioned Hollyhock deer resitant?
April 12, 2009 - Is Old Fashioned Hollyhock deer resistant?
view the full question and answer

Deer resistant plants for Toronto, Ontario
March 02, 2009 - What are the native trees and shrubs that are resistant to deer browsing and rubbing?
view the full question and answer

Deer-resistant plants for Maryland
August 23, 2008 - Hello- I have a acre that is mostly full-sun (and no shade on the house) and part shade (edge of the yard) and not much in between. It is also overrun with hungry deer! I am having a hard time finding...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP | STAFF
© 2015 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center