Summer means late evenings by the BBQ or the fire pit, enjoying cool breezes and warm weather.
Notice that getting bit by mosquitoes was not on the list.
A recent Garden Design article suggests placing the following plants in and near areas where people congregate in the yard. And, yes, these plants have pleasant fragrances and beauty, as well as protection from unwanted pests.
Citronella Grass: Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants. It’s a low maintenance plant that does well in large planters because it cannot withstand frost.
Catmint: If you are willing to forgo this plants’ insidious nature, catmint or catnip is an amazing mosquito repellent, according to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. In an Iowa State University study, catmint was found to be 10 times more effective than DEET, the chemical used in most insect repellants.
Rosemary: This herb has a woody scent that does great in containers, but can be used in borders or anywhere in hot, dry climates. The bonus: Gardeners can also use it to season their cooking.
Basil: Here’s another herb that doubles as a pest repellent. And, since all kinds of basil work to keep flies and mosquitoes at bay, one can explore and find a good mix of basil he or she prefers.
Lavender: Ever noticed that rabbits or insects have never decimated your lavender plant? The reason is its lovely fragrance, which comes from essential oils found on the plant’s leaves. Tough and drought-resistant once established, all lavender needs is full sun and good drainage.
Scented Geraniums: This plant’s lemon scent is reminiscent of citronella grass. And a bonus is they have beautiful blooms and are fast-growing, fond of warm, dry climates.