8 Bug-Repelling Plants That Keep Unwanted Pests Out of Your Garden

Lavender

According to Carrie Spoonemore, co-creator of Park Seed's From Seed to Spoon app, lavender (Lavandula) is a herbaceous perennial with tall purple flowers that range in color from light to dark.

Rosemary

According to Chuck Pavlich, director of new product development at Terra Nova Nurseries, rosemary (Salvia) is a woody evergreen shrub with fragrant leaf full of lingering oils that are noticeable for a considerable distance

Basil

Basil (Ocimum basilicum), another herb with pest-repelling qualities, has a potent scent that can deter flies, mosquitoes, aphids, mites, and tomato hornworms from entering the garden

Chrysanthemum

In addition to being a popular container plant for their fall aesthetic, chrysanthemums also deter pests. "Chrysanthemums contain pyrethrum, a natural insect repellent commonly used in insecticides,"

Mint

Mint (Mentha) is an erect perennial that uses underground stolons to build thickets. "Most mints are very high in oily aromatics that are easily extracted from the leaves," Pavlich states.

Garlic

According to Spoonemore, garlic (Allium sativum) is a member of the allium family that develops a bulb of tiny cloves beneath the soil and has long, slender leaves above it.

Catnip

Nepeta cataria, the plant that gives catnip its aroma, is related to mint in family. According to Spoonemore, the scent keeps pests like termites, cockroaches, and mosquitoes away.

Lemongrass

According to Spoonemore, lemongrass (Cymbopogon) has a potent lemony aroma that is particularly repulsive to mosquitoes, much like citronella. The herb makes an excellent filler plant in the garden because of its long,