Is Spirea Japonica Deer Resistant Or Is There A Good Deer Repellant

Question From: Southfield, Michigan, United States
Q: re your column on Spirea japonica "Double Play Gold" enjoyed the information and found it useful. is it a deer resistant variety? Is there a repellent you would recommend? Would Aralia "sun king" be a better choice?

A: I can't tell you which plant would be better for you. I always like to have a forsythia in my garden to tell me when to prune and feed my roses in spring. I have had great luck using PlantSkydd as a deer repellant. However in summer you have make sure you keep new growth sprayed as the deer tend to cherry pick. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.