With the approach of a new season, comes plenty to do in the garden! Perhaps the best place to start is to think about what might have gone wrong this year so that we can do our best at preventing it from happening the following year. One problem area that we are always asked about is how to deter deer from gardens. Well, if you have plans on planting fall bulbs and happened to have a deer problem this year, now is the best time to put a fool-proof plan into action! To help your garden perform at its best, deer-free, we’ve come up with our favourite deer-proof fall bulbs to get you one step ahead with the fall planting season approaching.

1. Schubertii Allium

[Allium Schubertii]

Also known as Schubert’s Allium or Tumbleweed onion. Allium Schubertii produces enormous 12-inch blooms with tiny, shooting-star-like florets. Unlike common densely packed Allium, Schubertii Allium has sparse blooms, creating a strikingly unique garden giant worth noting!

Plant new bulbs 4″ deep and 8″ apart in the fall (Sept-Dec) for a late Spring (May – June) bloom. This easy-to-grow variety is resistant to deer, however, note that alliums are poisonous if ingested by pets. Add “Schubertii” to cut flower arrangements, whether fresh or dried, to make any bouquet “pop”!



Bulb Size

14-16 cm

Bloom Size

12” W

Sun Requirements

Full to Part Sun


Moderate to dry








May – June

Planting Depth


Space Apart


Deer Resistant


Skill Level



Zones 3-9


Toxic to pets

2. Iris Dwarf Katherine Hodgkin

[Iris Katherine Hodgkin]

Part of the Dwarf family, Iris ‘Katherine Hodgkin’ is a hybrid award-winning iris known for its short flowers with detailed pale blue-veined petals with yellow blotches. Growing only 6 inches tall, Iris Katherine Hodgkin is a fantastic naturalizing bloom that can also perform well in containers all while deterring pesky grazers like deer.

Plant bulbs 2 inches deep and 3 inches apart in well-draining soil, ensuring they get exposed to full or partial sun. Dwarf irises do well in a variety of locations; containers, borders, rock gardens, and lawns are all great choices! Be sure to plant these flowers in large groups if used on a lawn, as they can be otherwise easily lost due to their small stature.

Colour Blue
Bulb Season Fall, Sept-Dec
Bulb size Top size
Bloom Feb – April
Lighting Full to partial sun
Water  As needed
Fragrant No
Size 6” (15cm)
Plant Depth  2”
Space Apart 3”
Deer Resistant Yes
Skill Level Easy
Zone Zone 5
Toxic Toxic to pets and humans
Other Benefits Great for naturalizing

3. Anemone De Caen Sylphide

[Anemone De Caen Sylphide]

Anemone De Caen “Sylphide” shines with its bright, violet-pink, poppy-like flowers adorned with a powdery dome of black stamens at the center. This easy-to-grow variety is very prolific as well, with as many as 18 flowers per plant! Its long stem makes it a great choice for use as a cut flower. To be planted during the fall months (Sept-Dec) in preparation for a springtime (Mar-May) bloom.

In most, well-draining soil plant the bulbs at a depth of approximately 2”, leaving 4” of space between each bulb. Loves the sun, however, in hotter areas, a bit of shade is appreciated! Anemones are beautiful deer-resistant flowers that will light up your garden with rays of dazzling pink, all while attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators!

Colour Pink
Bulb Size 6 – 7 cm
Bloom Size 4”
Sun Requirements Full to Part Sun
Water As needed, about 1″ of water per week
Fragrant No
Height 10”
Plant  Sept-Dec
Bloom Mar-May
Planting Depth 2″
Space Apart 4″
Deer Resistant Yes
Skill Level Easy
Zone Zones 5 – 10
Toxic Toxic to humans and pets

4. Chionodoxa Pink Giant

[Chionodoxa Pink Giant]

Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) “Pink Giant” is an early spring (March-April) blooming variety that boasts loose one-sided racemes of up to 12 upward-facing, large pink flowers with a diffused margined white eye. Its charming blossoms are borne atop the foliage of 2 – 3 narrow semi-erect, basal leaves. This bulbous perennial naturalizes easily, once established, returning to your garden year after year.

Plant in autumn (September – December) in well-draining soil, under full sun or partial shade. Plant the bulbs at a depth of 2”, while leaving 3” of space between each bulb. A deer-resistant variety that is suitable for growing in hardiness zones 3 through 8. “Pink Giant” provides a pretty display when planted among many kinds of perennial plants in garden borders. They can also be planted near other very early-flowering perennials to create complementary colour combinations.

Colour Pink
Bulb Size 5 – 6 cm
Sun Requirements Full to Part Sun
Water As needed
Fragrant No
Height 6”
Plant  Sept-Dec
Bloom Mar – Apr
Planting Depth 2″
Space Apart 3″
Deer Resistant Yes
Skill Level Easy
Zone Zones 3 – 8
Toxic No
Other Benefits Disease tolerant


5. Snowdrops Galanthus Woronownii

[Snowdrops Galanthus Woronownii]

Also known as ‘Snowdrops’, ‘Giant Snowdrop’ or ‘The Green Snowdrop’, Galanthus Woronownii are native to Turkey, Russia, and The Republic of Georgia and are named in honour of the Russian plant collector, Georg Woronownii. As one of the very first signs of spring, Galanthus Woronownii can be found pushing their way through the frozen ground with white blooms with green accents stretching their pedals into bloom in February and March. They make the perfect blooms for woodland margins, lawns, under deciduous trees, rock gardens, border fronts and walkways.

Plant Galanthus Woronownii in zones 3-8, 3 inches deep and 4 inches apart in fall. Galanthus Woronownii prefers full sun to partial shade environments and are toxic to humans and pets when consumed. These fantastic neutralizers are easy to grow and require less than an inch of water per week, in well-drained soil.

Colour White
Bulb Season Fall, Sept-Dec
Bulb size 5-6cm
Bloom Jan-Mar
Lighting Full to partial sun
Water  Little, less than 1 inch per week in well-drained soil
Fragrant No
Size 10cm/4 inches
Plant Depth  2”
Space Apart 3”
Deer Resistant Yes
Skill Level Easy
Zone Zones 3-8
Toxic Toxic to humans and pets
Other Benefits Great for naturalizing
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