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Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Repelling Mosquitoes Can Also Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Everyone dreams of having a stunning yard with beautiful plants that can attract colorful butterflies, pest-eating dragonflies and pretty songbirds! When you choose the right varieties, a garden or well-placed plantings throughout your landscape can also repel mosquitoes and other pests. We will sum up a few beneficial plants that can help you with this. Best of all, some of them make flavorful additions to a kitchen garden.

Basil

Widely used for cooking, aromatic basil, a member of the mint family, can also offer protection against mosquitoes. While basil has a pleasant scent that can make your yard or garden more attractive, its leaves can be toxic to mosquito larvae, making it an ideal border for wet areas. As a bonus, basil also repels flies!

Basil brings a beautiful sweet smell to the area!

Basil brings a beautiful sweet smell to the area!

Floss Flower

Floss flower is the common name for ageratum, a bright, colorful, fuzzy, tufted flower that makes a perfect ornamental plant to decorate your yard. They are easy to grow and can be very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds! Floss flowers also produce a chemical called coumarin that can work as a repellent for mosquitoes.

Floss Flower is also known as Ageratum

Floss Flower is also known as Ageratum

Garlic

Yes, garlic! Its strong odor can discourage mosquitoes and keep away other pests, while its cloves and stalks—called scapes—can serve as a healthy seasoning in the kitchen.

This is what garlic looks like coming out of the ground.

This is what garlic looks like coming out of the ground.

This is what is known as garlic scapes.

This is what is known as garlic scapes.

Lavender

Besides looking great in planters and emitting a lovely fragrance, lavender can add a feeling of peacefulness to your yard, and its many flowers can also appeal to butterflies. Lavender plants may also help keep mosquitoes at a distance.

Who doesn’t love a lovely field of lavender?

Who doesn’t love a lovely field of lavender?

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, also known as Melissa, from its scientific name Melissa officinalis, is another member of the mint family. The plant’s mildly citrus-scented leaves can be used for therapeutic purposes. Lemon balm can be very functional to decorate your yard as it serves to attract butterflies and repel mosquitoes. Lemon balm can be invasive, so to keep it from taking over your garden, plant lemon balm in pots.

We love the texture of the beautiful lemon balm.

We love the texture of the beautiful lemon balm.

Rosemary

Rosemary is another well-known mosquito repellent. Its astringent fragrance is pleasant to humans, but its odor can keep those biting pests away from your yard or garden while attracting butterflies, dragonflies and hummingbirds.

Rosemary tends to look like it’s part of the evergreen family

Rosemary tends to look like it’s part of the evergreen family

Sage

This member of the mint family has been used for centuries for its medicinal and culinary purposes. Its strong aroma gives it insect-repelling qualities that can be attractive to hummingbirds. Choose a culinary variety that does double duty as a kitchen garden addition, or choose an ornamental variety with variegated leaves to add interest to your landscape.

Sage typically has very soft, fuzzy leaves.

 

To read additional tips and tricks to attracting butterflies, visit Walter Reeves' blog post

Run to your nearest garden center to find varieties that suit your growing region best and plant some of these beneficial herbs that can help naturally protect your yard against mosquitoes while attracting butterflies and dragonflies! For full protection, try our effective natural insect repellent spray

References:

  1. “15 Mosquito Repelling Plants,” Proflowers, accessed March 17, 2020, https://www.proflowers.com/blog/plants-that-repel-mosquitoes.
  2. Kerri Collins Lewis, “Can Fragrant Plants Help Deter Insects?,” April 13, 2018, Mississippi State University Extension, https://extension.msstate.edu/blog/can-fragrant-plants-help-repel-insects.


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