At times, they can be really cute.
They don’t do cute things to plants, though. Deer are a persistent problem in the landscapes and gardens of the DC metro area. I’ve heard from biologists that because this winter was so mild, we’re probably going to see an upswing in the deer population. Given that a deer recently smashed through the windows of a library in SW DC, there is nowhere in the region your hostas can hide.
Woody trees and shrubs are susceptible to deer damage, as the little buggers have been known to shred the bark from the trees. For this reason at least one nursery in the region, Stadler Nurseries, is recommending the use of tree bark protectors on all new plantings. This is what they look like:
It’s an inexpensive way to try and minimize the damage caused by roving gangs of deer. Not sure if the plants you like will withstand deer? Call me to set up a consultation!