Repellent plants for the garden

Plant pests can cause serious damage to green spaces, so it is always recommended to understand the problem and find a solution immediately. Repellent plants will help reduce the population of dangerous pests, save money on plantings, and ensure the production of environmentally friendly vegetables and fruits.

Useful properties of plant repellents

Every garden is attacked by pests that undermine the prospects for a rich harvest. Chemicals can temporarily help and eliminate pests, but they won’t do any good if the goal is to grow crops without chemicals and pesticides. Is it always necessary to use a spray, bought or homemade?

Nature itself offers a solution. Most plants contain compounds that they use against attack by phytophagous (plant-eating) insects. Herbs work especially well as companion plants. They attract beneficial insects and repel insect pests. This makes them good companions both in the garden and in ornamental plantings.

Fragrant herbs are wonderful plants that act as a strong and 100% natural pesticide to repel pests. These properties are associated with the presence of essential oils that plants secrete around them.

Certain plants in the garden can help repel harmful insects, or confuse them with their strong smell. Some of them contain a natural repellant that repels pests from many crops.

Note! What is a natural repellent? Unlike insecticides, repellents do not kill insects, but only repel them. Natural pesticides are organic remedies.

Repellent plants keep aphids, snails, carrot flies, ants and other pests away from fruit, vegetable and ornamental plantings, helping to keep the garden in balance. At the same time, they decorate the garden and the garden with their flowering and can be used in folk medicine and cooking. The essential oils they secrete create real repellent “barriers” for many parasites. If planted next to vulnerable plants, they will help deter beetles and worms.

Plants that repel pests

Every garden needs to be looked after. Repellent plants are those that have the ability to keep pests away from crops in a vegetable garden or orchard. Tasty and fragrant herbs, with their characteristic aroma, confuse, repel or even destroy pests. Therefore, it is advisable to plant these herbs in the beds.

Useful herbs and plants:

  • repels many insects, including aphids, cabbage and onion flies, ants and even snails;
  • useful against snails, ants and lettuce aphids;
  • sage, marjoram, mint, oregano and lavender keep ants away from the garden;
  • rosemary drives away carrot and cabbage flies, strengthens plants;
  • thyme, mint and sage protect cabbage.

Growing aromatic plants is very easy. They have great adaptability, and therefore withstand adverse conditions. In addition, they take up very little space.

Additional Information! Thanks to the substances that repellent plants release into the soil, or the strong smell they emit, a real protection is created for neighboring crops.

Mint is a natural powerful pesticide that repels pests. It is a very fragrant plant and pests can smell it from a distance.


Basil protects plants by releasing substances that promote the proper development of plants. It repels insects, making it an excellent companion for growing cabbages, beans, and tomatoes. When basil is planted next to tomatoes, it produces larger, tastier fruits. It even protects pumpkins from downy mildew.

Garlic is commonly planted for its flavor and health benefits. Near roses, it repels aphids. Planted among apple trees, garlic can help prevent scab.

Garlic in the country

 Chrysanthemums are a natural pesticide. Leaves and flowers give off a pungent odor that deters aphids, mites and other crop pests. White flowering chrysanthemums can help kill root nematodes.





Nettle is a wild herb useful for protecting garden plants that are attacked by aphids, spider mites, and other pests. Rich in formic and salicylic acid, it acts as a stimulator of plant defenses and enriches the soil with nitrogen and other trace elements.


Marigolds are known for their ability to act as a repellant. This plant, unlike others, is known for its specific smell, which is very unpleasant for aphids. Marigolds drive away many harmful insects, spider mites and snails. An important repellant action is performed by poisonous substances contained in the roots, which kill harmful soil nematodes.

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Nasturtiums are flowering plants grown for ornamental purposes, but are very useful in the garden for plant protection. This easy-to-grow annual will protect itself and other plants from unwanted visitors.

Petunias are also planted to decorate the garden, and to repel a number of aphids and many other pests. A beautiful and very common ornamental plant used in vegetable gardens to protect potatoes from the attack of the Colorado potato beetle. Plant them next to tomatoes, peppers or beans.
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Sunflowers draw aphids away from plants. The ants move the aphid colonies to the sunflowers, but they do not take damage from them.

 Aphids on sunflowers [/ caption]Marjoram and oregano will repel cucurbit beetles when planted next to cucurbits. A hedge growing around the onion site will protect the onion from the onion larva.

Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant ornamental plant rich in beneficial properties. Strong-smelling lavender will protect nearby plants from insects such as the whitefly, while lavender planted under and near fruit trees can repel moth butterflies. If planted at the foot of roses, she will protect them from aphids.

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Plants that repel ants

Some ants benefit by eating other insects and help control pest populations, but can be a real problem in a home or garden.

In fact, they cause more inconvenience than harm. Due to their small size, ants are considered harmless creatures, but they can often create havoc when they attack by the thousands at once. Their harmless behavior can spoil the garden if more than one colony appears in it. They never roam alone, and are always accompanied by a long stream of other ants, causing damage.

Ants feed on honeydew secreted by mealybugs, scale insects, and aphids. Ants protect these pests from their predators, which encourages them to reproduce.

When there are too many ants, gardeners are forced to fight them. In the fight against ants, sprays and chemicals are used, which are readily available in the trade. The use of organic and environmentally friendly products has become more and more people who shy away from the use of chemicals.

There are several natural ways to get rid of these pesky ants while keeping your garden safe. You can fight with the help of fragrant herbs, keeping them out of your territory.

The most common herbs that repel ants are peppermint, rosemary, thyme, lavender, tansy, sage, yarrow, and garlic. Placing plants around a tree trunk can be a very good idea.

  • Rosemary easily repels ants. Caring for this plant is not easy.
  • Lavender is a medicinal plant that can be planted in an outdoor garden. Ants hate the scent of these plants because of the very pungent smell. Lavender is an ideal plant for ants as well.
  • The bright flowers of chrysanthemums are produced by feverfew, which repels ants. Using chrysanthemum as a natural ant repellent is a great option.
  • Garlic, a fragrant plant, is one of the most popular pest control ingredients. The pungent aroma repels ants from garlic beds.
  • Thyme, which adds flavor to culinary delights, can also repel ants.
  • Marigolds have a strong smell and are great at repelling ants without the use of harmful chemicals.
  • Mint has a wonderful smell that repels ants,
  • Lemongrass is a plant that is very effective against ants.
  • Calendula (marigold) contributes to the improvement of land, can scare away ants.

Herbal extracts are biological pesticides, and are just as effective as chemical pesticides. Their uniqueness is that the ingredients do not have unwanted side effects.

Prevention from natural sprays and decoctions will not harm the plants, but, on the contrary, will enhance their growth and strengthen them. If the plant is at a late stage of infection, natural protection will not be enough. Therefore, it is recommended to carry out preventive spraying at the very beginning of the lesion for higher resistance to diseases and pests.