Most people know about citronella, as one of the mosquito repelling plants found in many products that keep bugs away. But there are other plants like lemon grass that can do the job just as well.
If you love being outdoors but sick of those annoying blood-sucking mosquitoes, landscaping with plants that repel of mosquitoes can be an option.
Put down the sprays and nets, check out these 11 repellent plants you can grow that will help keep mosquitoes away.
When you have grown and worked hard in your beautiful garden, you want to spend some good times with friends and family amid those beautiful plants and trees.
However, it isn’t always easy to stay outside and enjoy your garden in summer because of unwanted guests: mosquitoes.
These pests sometimes make it impossible to enjoy the outdoors; you and your guests might spend more time slapping and shooing the bugs than admiring the scenery.
So, how can gardeners prevent mosquitos from hanging around and ruining those lovely moments?
There are many plants which naturally repel mosquitos from the garden; strategically placing these kinds of plants around the garden, patio, or deck will help you keep mosquitos at bay.
Here is a list of 11 natural insect-repelling plants that will help you kick those mosquitoes out.
This plant being the most effective in repelling mosquitos does best when in large planters because is cannot withstand frost (in warmer climates, it can be planted directly into the ground in a sun-filled spot). This space filled with the lemon-scented tall grass makes a beautiful focal point flanking an outdoor entry. What a delight to have beautiful + functional plants.
2. Lemon Balm
Another great choice for a mosquito repelling plant is lemon balm. A member of the mint family, the plant also known as horsemint and beebalm is a very easy plant for beginning gardeners to grow- even if you don’t have a green thumb! Lemon Balm is a very hardy plant, it resists drought, and it grows well even in shade. It is a very fast growing and sometimes aggressive plant, so you might want to contain it to a pot, where you can move it to wherever you like to ensure that it doesn’t take over your garden! An added bonus? You can dry the leaves and use them to make a delicious herbal tea!
Said to be 10x more effective than Deet, this pretty plant will allow you to ditch the bug spray & make your cats happy.
A splendid, hardy annual, marigolds are an excellent choice for chasing away mosquitoes. Marigold plants contain pyrethrum, a naturally-occurring chemical found in various commercial insect repellents.
They have a special smell which mosquitos and other bugs find ghastly. The golden blooms themselves are a beautiful and awesome addition to any garden.
Make sure to place them around the borders and fences of your home and garden, and mosquitoes won’t have any desire to get past them!
Calling all cooks! Want a double whammy when it comes to mosquito protection? Plant some basil! Not only will you have a quick and easy mosquito repellent, you will also have a delicious fresh herb on hand to add to all of your favorite recipes! There are many different varieties of basil around, so feel free to experiment and find the ones that you like best. Many expert gardeners recommend trying lemon basil or cinnamon basil to deter insects. Plus basil is one of the easiest herbs to keep alive – even the biggest novice can manage it!
Everyone knows that lavender is a beautiful, purple, blossoming plant with a relaxing aroma. Lavender is used for many things, including cooking and scented satchels.
Though there are so many uses of lavender, some people don’t know that it is also a natural insect- and bug-repellent. Growing it inside your home, in your garden patch, or in containers can keep the mosquitoes and bugs away.
People might love the smell and taste of peppermint, but bugs hate them. Growing peppermint around the garden is an extraordinary choice to keep mosquitos from visiting you uninvited!
In addition, if you happen to be stung stung by any mosquitos or other bugs, you can rub peppermint leaves directly onto your skin around the bite for quick relief!
Unfortunately for all of us who love Italian food, studies have shown that EATING garlic does not repel mosquitoes. (Unless, however, you were to eat a HUGE amount!) However, having garlic around DOES! Make sure to add some garlic to your flower bed or vegetable garden for added protection!
Not only will you keep mosquitoes away, you’ll also have a whole load of garlic to flavor your food and for its incredible health benefits.
The delightful pennyroyal is another helpful insect-blocker! Planting some of these around your flowerbeds makes a good mosquito repellent.
Pennyroyal plants likewise make excellent groundcover and they attract a variety of beautiful butterflies. Along with these uses, pennyroyal can also be used in cooking.
This makes pennyroyal a great choice for the mosquito-free and kitchen-friendly garden.
Not only does this pretty plant smell delicious, it also is a a great repellent for mosquitos. They grow best in hot, dry climates, but if pot-grown, they also can thrive in cooler areas. You can get better than rosemary – enjoy the delicious smell, use for cooking, & keep the pests away!
Scented geraniums are another common mosquito-repelling plant. The lovely fragrance is said to be lemon-scented, similar to citronella or lemon grass.
They are delightful plants with a powerful aroma that keeps bugs away. These fast-growing plants love warm, sunny, and dry environments.
However, if you live somewhere chilly, they can be grown in pots with consistent care and trimming.