Growing these plants can help keep mozzies at bay when you’re entertaining outdoors.
Citronella is by far the most popular plant for repelling mosquitoes and has a very pungent odour. As well as planting them in your garden, put some in pots to place around your entertaining areas when you have guests or are just dining outside with your family. You can also add clippings from the plant into a centrepiece arrangement on the table.
Petunias are known as “nature’s pesticide” because it is known to repel aphids, tomato hornworm, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. They are very easy to grow and you can plant them in the ground or in pots.
Lavender has a wonderful fragrant smell for human noses, but the aroma repels mosquitoes. It can be planted around your garden or in pots. Use clippings in a table feature and even rub lavender oil on your skin as a repellent.
Nasturtiums repel whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, several beetles and cabbage loopers. They also help other plants in your garden, as they produce an airborne chemical that repels insects, protecting not only themselves but other plants in the garden.
Rosemary is not just for using on a lamb roast. It also helps keep the bugs away, as mosquitoes do not like its smell. You can plant it in containers, but it also works well as a small hedge.
Basil provides the double benefit of repelling both houseflies and mosquitoes, plus it’s a great addition to salads or pasta dishes. Lemongrass is closely related to citronella and repels mosquitoes and is useful in Asian dishes. It can grow to a couple of metres so will need plenty of room wherever you plant it.