Spring & summer is the time for those pesky mosquito’s to ruin your outdoor activities. Did you know there are several beautiful plants that can be beneficial in your container garden or flower garden to reduce the sight and presence of mosquito’s? I have listed six different plants that work great in your garden to help repel those insects.
A great mosquito repellent plant, Lemon grass has also been known to ward off other insects such as white flies which can be pesky in the vegetable garden. However, be careful if planting in the ground as their root system can take over your vegetable roots so either plant at a distance or plant in pots around your veggie garden. Lemongrass is more of a tropical plant. However, for locations that are colder during the winter, you can grow it in patio planters and bring it indoors during the colder months. Or just treat it like an annual plant and replant it each year.
Besides being an awesome mosquito repellent plant, Marigold plants are also great at repelling various insects and, because of that, are often used in vegetable gardens around tomatoes and peppers to help reduce insects that may destroy those plants. Marigolds also ward off deer, rabbits and other rodents.
Lavender, also known, in the mint family it’s also a perennial and loves full sun.Besides used as a great mosquito repellent around your yard, lavender has a beautiful scent when the flower spikes are dried. Use the dried flowers in a dried flower arrangement or as a potpourri.
Rosemary ,this plant is actually considered an evergreen shrub that will flower during the spring and summer months. This versatile plant is also drought resistant and does well in pots and in the garden especially repelling mosquito’s. On top of all that, one of the most popular uses of rosemary is right in the kitchen where you can use it fresh from the garden to season meats and vegetables or dry the rosemary leaves to store for extended use.
Peppermint, also known in the mint family it is very similar to Lemon Balm in that it grows and spreads very quickly so it’s best to grow this plant in a container. It also enjoys the shade and more moist soil. This plant can help reduce mosquito’s and it also can be enjoyed in tea, salads, and a garnish in meals.
Citronella, a citrus-scented geranium, this is a great patio plant, especially in containers. Be careful not to over-fertilize because too much nitrogen can reduce the fragrance of the leaves. Although the oil from crushed leaves may have some ability to discourage mosquitoes, the plants alone are grown more for their refreshing scent than as a mosquito repellent. Place citronella near a gate or path where you brush against the leaves as you walk by, or in a pot where children can rub the leaves to enjoy their fragrance. Plants are vigorous growers and drought tolerant. Be sure to move indoors before frost.
So the next time you visit a garden shop, keep these plants in mind to add to your patio or flower garden, so you can enjoy your spring and summer evenings outside. Flymeawaycreations Etsy shop has lavender seeds available to buy in single packets or in bulks for you to plant in your garden indoors or outdoors.
Follow the link to visit the shop to find the lavender seeds and more flowering seeds plus garden décor!