Common deer-resistant annuals include wood forget-me-nots, poppies, pot marigolds and spider flowers. While no plant is completely safe, deer damage to these species is rare, according to research by the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
The wood forget-me-not, or Myosotis sylvatica, is an annual variety of forget-me-not, typically with blue petals. These flowers bloom in the spring and can grow in any area with a temperate climate, making them suitable for most areas of the United States. Annual varieties of poppy are deer-resistant plants whose flowers bloom in a variety of colors. Poppies are also frost resistant, making them great for colder climates. Pot marigolds, or Calendula officinalis, produce brilliant yellow flowers throughout summer and into a portion of autumn. Like wood forget-me-nots, pot marigolds do well in temperate climates. Spider flowers are violet, pink or white and bloom between the end of spring and the beginning of fall. Spider flowers are somewhat susceptible to damage from frost and should not be grown in areas with extreme cold. Because damage from deer can occur with even the most deer-resistant annuals, fencing around the garden or deer repellent is a good idea for those who live in areas with deer traffic.