Bug-Repelling Outdoor Plants

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Bug-Repelling Outdoor Plants

Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Tīna Sāra

It’s that time of year again: springtime gardening! Each year, I look forward to deciding which varieties to plant and where, watering and fostering their growth, and watching for fruit and vegetables to form. This year, my toddler has been of much help, and it’s a thrill to watch her explore nature and get her hands dirty. With gardening and warmer temperatures comes bothersome insects.

Not only do they chomp on the plants and their harvest, but they also bite and sting humans and pets, as well as being a general nuisance while enjoying the outdoors. Fortunately, there are a few steps we can take to combat these unwelcome party guests, like burning citronella candles or using all-natural bug sprays. While you’re planning your spring garden, you can also plant a few of the below options to help naturally deter unwanted pests. Happy gardening!

10 Bug-Repelling Outdoor Plants

1. Petunias
2. Lemongrass
3. Basil
4. Marigolds
5. Lavender
6. Lilac
7. Rosemary
8. Mint
9. Chrysanthemums
10. Catnip

For more gardening inspiration, be sure to take a peek at our publisher’s newest title, In Her Garden, an exploration of inspiring outdoor spaces belonging to women who share a passion for making things grow!

Danielle Williams is the assistant senior managing editor for Stampington & Company. She lives in Orange County, California, with her husband, daughter, and opinionated cat.

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