SALEM, Va. -

No matter the season, there are always some plants that bloom well -- and others that keep the deer, mosquitoes and pests away.

Those at Riverside Nursery in Salem say it's never too late to start gardening. With the weather still warm, sunny and humid, there are flowers and plants you can include in your garden that do well this time of year. Many of these will bloom toward the beginning of fall:


  • Annuals (ex: vincas, daisies, marigolds, asparagus fern)
  • Cucumbers
  • Flower Bulbs
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Green peas and sugar peas
  • Radish
  • Perennials: (ex: black-eyed Susans, purple-cone flowers)

Riverside Nursery Owner Bruce Feldberg says it's never too late to start your garden. There are plenty of plants that do well in the colder seasons. Feldberg says these are fairly low-maintenance:

  • Pansies
  • Mums
  • Junipers (grey owl)
  • Nandinas
  • Sky Pencil Holly
  • Japanese Cedar

Feldberg says his business is in a location with a strong deer population. He's actually had to tailor what he grows and sells to what the deer don't like eating.

Here's a list of plants that can keep deer and other pests away:

  • Poisonous plants -- Daffodils, foxgloves and poppies
  • Citronella plant: One of the main ingredients to bug spray
  • Plants with strong scents: Herbs such as sages, ornamental salvias, lavenders, peonies, mints, bearded irises
  • Prickly plants are deer-resistant: junipers, pine trees