4 Plants to keep pests away from your home and garden

Plants and flowers are not just pleasing to the eye. They can also be helpful at keeping pests away, especially in hot and humid South Florida. In this post we share with you 4 plants to keep pests away from your home and garden.

1. Marigolds

Marigolds are super easy to grow and have a strong scent that can help keep mosquitoes away. They are also great for  attracting pollinators like butterflies and bees. Don’t be fooled by their name though, marigolds can be found in all sorts of colors including red, orange, and multi-colored.

2. Lemongrass

You may know this plant as citronella grass, the popular ingredient in all sorts of mosquito and bug repellents but this plant has seemingly endless uses. In Asia it is used to flavor popular dishes, it is brewed in tea for it’s medicinal properties and it’s oil is also believed to have anti-fungal properties. If you’re looking for a do-it-all plant, lemongrass is your best bet.

3. Lavender

Well known for it’s pleasing, relaxing aroma, lavender is also useful at repelling moths, fleas and flies among other pests. This plant grows best in dry, well-drained soil though so it’s probably best to keep this one in a planter to protect it from South Florida’s frequent rain and humidity.

4. Spearmint

Yes, that delicious gum flavor comes from a plant. Just like lemongrass, this plant has multiple uses including food, teas and medicines and is full of nutrients and antioxidants. Spearmint is great for repelling rodents, moths, and aphids (tiny insects than can destroy your plants) but should be kept in a pot or planter and its roots can disrupt the growth of other plants around it.

When planning your home’s landscaping consider adding some plants that serve more than one purpose. With any of the 4 plants listed above you can ensure your garden not only looks beautiful but also helps you enjoy your home more by keeping pests away.