Let’s face it, the concept of deer resistance can make the most seasoned gardener shake their head. If deer get hungry enough, they will eat just about anything, and it is quickly becoming one of the more dire ecological issues in our area. The plants on this list have been known to withstand deer browsing, few will be largely ignored entirely. The caveat, as always, is that the resistance is not always consistent in different locations. What works for some, may not for others. We highly recommend protecting young plants, as they are more likely to withstand browsing when they are fully grown.
book: "Deer-Resistant Native Plants for the Northeast", by Ruth Rogers Clausen and Gregory D Tepper
PDF: "Deer Resistant Native Plants", New England Wildflower Society, (now Native Plant Trust)