Q. We are trying to re-establish a shrub border. Our neighborhood is loaded with deer. We especially like holly. Are there any holly selections that the deer do not eat? 

A. It is not easy to find shrubs that are not eaten by the deer. Some selections get eaten by deer in one neighborhood but not in another. Yaupon holly is the holly that usually escapes browsing by the deer. In my neighborhood, dwarf Chinese holly was also not eaten. Other shrubs to consider are Texas mountain laurel, thyrallis, eleagnus, xylosma, viburnum, pittosporum and primrose jasmine.

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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