1. Lavender (Lavandula) Lavender, with its pleasant fragrance, is dreaded by mosquitoes, flies, and fleas. Plant it around your garden or near doors and windows for natural protection.
  2. Mint (Mentha) Mint is effective against many harmful insects like ants, mosquitoes, and even mice. Plant it at the edge of your garden or in pots to control its spread.
  3. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Rosemary is a natural repellent against mosquitoes and moths. It can also ward off certain beetles. Grow it in full sun for the best yield.
  4. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) Basil repels mosquitoes and houseflies. It’s perfect to plant near doors and windows or around your tomato plants for dual benefits.
  5. Marigold (Calendula officinalis) Marigolds repel nematodes and other soil pests. Their presence also helps protect surrounding vegetables from various harmful insects.
  6. Garlic (Allium sativum) Garlic is effective at repelling aphids, beetles, and root worms. Plant garlic cloves around sensitive vegetables for natural protection.
  7. Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum) Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrin, a natural insecticide. They are particularly effective against ants, fleas, lice, and bedbugs.

7 Plants That Attract Pollinators

  1. Lavender (Lavandula) In addition to repelling pests, lavender attracts bees and butterflies with its fragrant and colorful flowers.
  2. Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) Sunflowers are loved by bees and birds. They provide rich nectar and nutritious seeds, helping to attract a variety of pollinators.
  3. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) Echinacea is a hardy plant that attracts bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects with its large conical flowers.
  4. Bee Balm (Monarda) Also known as bergamot or Oswego tea, bee balm attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Its bright flowers and aromatic foliage are highly attractive.
  5. Sage (Salvia) Sages, particularly blue sage and scarlet sage, are very attractive to bees and butterflies. They bloom abundantly and for a long period.
  6. Clover (Trifolium) Clover is an excellent ground cover plant that attracts bees with its small white or pink flowers. It also enriches the soil with nitrogen.
  7. Milkweed (Asclepias) Milkweed, or butterfly weed, is essential for the lifecycle of monarch butterflies. It also attracts many other species of pollinators.

By incorporating these plants into your garden, you can not only repel pests but also attract essential pollinators, contributing to the health of your crops. The combination of these two types of plants creates a balanced and thriving ecosystem.