The Beauty of Pest-Free Plants

The Beauty of Pest-Free Plants

For centuries, English estate gardens have been recognized for their beauty. In addition to carefully manicured walking paths, these garden architects were creating attractive natural barriers against mosquitos, ants and field mice. This spring as you wash off the deck and take the cover off the grill, why not take a page from the experts and create an environment both beautiful and insect resistant?

Mint
‘Mint’ plants are hearty and swift growing greens that are a gardening triple threat. They create a decorative backdrop to seasonal florals, are key to countless recipes and serve to repel flies, mosquitoes and moths.

Basil
Necessary to make the perfect gazpacho or homemade pesto; the large leaves are easy to crush and brew for an anti-oxidant rich tea. Helps deter mosquitoes, asparagus beetles and whiteflies.

Lavender
The oil frequently used as an aid in relaxation is strongly disliked by ants, fleas and flies. Dried stems are frequently used in closets and dressers to keep clothing fresh smelling and moth free.

Rosemary
Used most often to season lamb and flavor roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts. Easy to combine with other mints to create a non-toxic mosquito repellant.

As you can see, the spectrum of plants in this category go well beyond peppermint and spearmint. Most, such as catnip, lemon balm and thyme, are easily grown in small pots or integrated as a backdrop to inground gardens. So, take some time during your next trip to the plant nursery to find your favorite plant and add a fragrant, and functional, element to your garden.

Featured Florals:

Marigolds
The bright colors encourage bees to visit. The natural oils help deter aphids and moths; they are at their best as bug fighters when planted with squash and tomatoes.

Nasturtium
Another brightly colored flower that increases pollination activity. A good companion to fruit trees; repelling beetles, white flies and squash bugs.

Petunias
A staple of entryway planters due to their colors and resilience. Plant near tomatoes in order to inhibit tomato worms but be careful because they have been known to draw the interest of caterpillars.

Be sure to check out local botanical gardens, nurseries and county development agencies for more information on which plants will serve as the best choice to enhance your home.

It’s a simple way to add to your outdoor enjoyment.

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