Now that Springtime is here, our attention turns outside, which mainly involves assessing the condition of our backyard or garden. But before you make the trip to Lowe's or Home Depot to purchase plants or related supplies, we found some plants that will not only beautify your backyard, but repel pesky summertime pests as well.
Marigold. This bright, hardy, annual plant is an effective mosquito repellent. They contain pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and also have a unique aroma that repulses bugs. The flowers themselves are lovely, and provide a beautiful pop of color to your outdoor space. Extra tip: place them around the borders of your home to form a natural mosquito barrier (for your house).
Citronella. A common ingredient in mosquito repellent, this perennial grass emits a strong aroma that overpowers other cents, keeping mosquitoes at bay. It grows very easily, and can reach heights of up to 6 feet high, and can be either grown in pots, or added to your garden.
Basil. This plant is actually a triple threat. Not only is it a delicious cooking ingredient, but it looks great in your garden, AND repels mosquitoes! Many varieties of basil exist, but experts recommend lemon or cinnamon basil as a mosquito repellent. And since it is an easy plant to maintain, no green thumb is needed to enjoy its benefits.
Lavender. Known for its beautiful purple flowers and calming scent, this plant naturally repels mosquitoes as well. It can be grown indoors near a sunny window, or outside to repel bugs.
Pennyroyal. This cute little flower is another natural mosquito deterrent. Planted around flowerbeds, it also makes a wonderful groundcover, not to mention that they attract butterflies of all kinds! It can even be used to flavor some fish dishes as well.
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