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Top 10 Mosquito Repelling Plants for Your Garden and Landscape

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Top 10 Mosquito Repelling Plants for Your Garden and Landscape

If there is one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that mosquitoes suck.

Both literally and figuratively.

But what if I told you that there are 10 amazing mosquito-repelling plants you can use to keep the little blood-suckers at bay.

What are these mosquito disrupting plants?

I’m glad you asked!

If you want to know, then keep on reading. 

Lavender

Mosquito Repelling Plant #1- Lavender

Additional UsesDecorative, Medicinal, and Culinary

One of my personal favorites on this list of mosquito-repelling plants is lavender. 

Lavender is a great way to add color to the garden and keep mosquitoes as well as other bugs at bay. 

In fact, lavender oil is thought to hinder a mosquitoes' sense of smell!

Marigolds

Mosquito Repelling Plant #2- Marigolds

Additional Uses: Ornamental, and Medicinal

Number 2 on this list of plants that can deter mosquitoes are marigolds.

Get this, you can grow marigolds pretty much anywhere!

Plant marigolds in:

  • Pots
  • Window containers
  • Empty space in your gardens
  • or on the edges of your wood line.

Seriously, marigolds are very easy to establish and will continue to reseed themselves year after year. 

Best of all, they will deter mosquitoes from your property!

Citronella Grass

Mosquito Repelling Plant #3- Citronella Grass

Additional UsesOrnamental

It's true, citronella is a very poplar mosquito repelling plant. In fact it may be the most poplar one on this list.

Get this, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellents.

Pro Tip! Citronella grass can make an excellent border plant or ground cover.

catnip

Mosquito Repelling Plant #4- Catnip

Additional UsesOrnamental, and Tea

Not only does catnip attract all the cats in the neighborhood, but it also deters mosquitoes. 

Like many of the other members of the mint family, catnip is a plant that many insects are not fans of. 

Catnip can also make a great addition to a landscape, especially if you enjoy its purple flowers. 

Best of all, it grows fast and takes up a bit of space.

rosemary

Mosquito Repelling Plant #5- Rosemary

Additional Uses: Ornamental, and Culinary

Rosemary is next up on the list, and yes, it's the same rosemary you can use for culinary purposes!

This bush can get quite large as well. 

Get this, some people even opt to use it as a hedge around their home, in the same way one might use boxwood. 

Basil

Mosquito Repelling Plant #6- Basil

Additional Uses: Culinary

Although lavender is my favorite overall plant on this list, basil is definitely my favorite culinary herb.

Better yet, and you have probably guessed by now, mosquitoes hate it!

Grow basil abundantly, and let it make your property a more enjoyable space to be. 

And if you make some pesto, be sure to send some my way!

Scented geraniums

Mosquito Repelling Plant #7- Scented Geraniums

Additional Uses: Ornamental

If you are looking for an early blooming, mosquito deterring flower, scented geraniums are for you!

These early bloomers are certainly a favorite for many homeowners as a decorative landscape plant. 

Better yet, scented geraniums keep away many other pests and insects besides mosquitoes.

Mosquito Repelling Plant #8- Bee Balm

Additional UsesOrnamental and Medicinal

Bee balm is a 2 in one! 

Not only does this lovely flower attract many beneficial insects including bees...

More importantly, bee balm also repeals those tiny flying bloodsuckers.  

No doubt about it, bee balm is a favorite of many!

Mint family

Mosquito Repelling Plant #9- Mint

Additional UsesCulinary and Medicinal

The mint family is a wide and tremendous plant family! 

From spearmint to peppermint, and apple mint, there is no shortage of mint related options you can employ to keep mosquitoes away.

There are ornamental mints, and mints you can use for tea. Be sure to check out the wide variety of mints you can choose from.

floss floer

Mosquito Repelling Plant #10- Floss Flower (TOXIC)

Additional Uses: Ornamental,

BE CAREFUL, although floss plant can keep the mosquitoes away, it is toxic to pets and humans. 

On the other hand, it is a gorgeous flower that can reach up to 2 feet in height. 

So if pets and children are not a concern, it can make a great option if you are trying to beef up or mosquito security.


Creating a Mosquito Proof Landscape

Of course, there are many other ways to prevent mosquitoes in your lawn beyond these 10 super plants.

These methods include:

Keep in mind that mosquitoes often make shrubs and bushes their homes. So being wise about the placement of your bushes is a great way to prevent mosquito swarms on your front porch, or other outdoor seating areas.

Bottom Line on Mosquito Repelling Plants

If you are looking to keep mosquito populations low, these plants can be a tremendous help. 

Along with other measures, these 10 mosquito-repealing plants can not only repel mosquitoes, but also look great, and you can even eat some of them too!

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