Roses vs. Deer
Deer rule my neighborhood, and eat practically everything, even things they're not "supposed" to eat according to many references. Despite this, two of my neighbors have little single-flowered landscape roses of some kind, and the deer seem to leave them alone (or at least haven't eaten them to the ground, which is the best that can be expected.)
Should I be cheered by this, assume that deer will similarly ignore other roses, and try some of the larger and more impressive roses (I'm considering an Ebb Tide floribunda or possibly a Brownell Sub-Zero hybrid tea here in zone 5a.) Or do deer consider these fancier rose varieties tastier than the little landscape roses, in which case I shouldn't bother?
I know some gardeners fight deer with sprays and fencing, but I'd rather not take on any more work than necessary. We already have a big fenced area, but I'm looking for things to plant outside it.