I went out over lunch to put batteries in the little used camera trap that i've set up on one of the trees at the tip of the driveway island. It's somewhat tear shaped, with the point facing the road. There are a multitude of deer tracks in the raw clay of the island.
All this thinking about what to plant: it's really just gonna be deer food. Well, some random website lists phlox and spiderwort as deer resistant: yay. I'm not sure i could take yet another factor in my analysis!