It makes noise, prevents us from sleeping, it bites and causes itchy pimples, it can transmit diseases… In short, mosquitoes ruin our summer evenings! Fortunately, there are several methods to protect yourself, more or less effective: spray repellents, bracelets, electric diffusers, etc. But we can also count on nature to provide us with effective insect and mosquito repellent plants that are above all 100% safe for the planet. In gardens or on windowsills, they work wonders.
The essential lemongrass
There are different types of lemon plants. For more efficiency, the ideal is to combine them: mosquitoes won’t resist! For example, you can plant lemongrass, lemon thyme, lemon verbena and lemon balm. These plants can be placed among your flower beds but also in pots on the windowsill.
Ornamental tobacco (Nicotiana)
Ornamental tobacco is also an ally of choice for naturally repelling mosquitoes. This perennial plant, which can be grown in pots or in beds, has a very recognizable smell that gains in intensity in the evening… The hour of crime for mosquitoes! The ornamental tobacco also gives very pretty little flowers in various colors.
Its beautiful purple color and delicious fragrant smell attract butterflies, bees and bumblebees. On the other hand, lavender is a real effective shield against mosquitoes. It also makes a superb ornamental plant.
Another formidable weapon against mosquitoes (but also wasps, ants, spiders and flies): peppermint. This aromatic plant still tends to spread out, so it’s better to leave it in a pot if you don’t want to find your garden overgrown. In addition to its virtues as a natural insect repellent, peppermint is obviously wonderful in herbal tea or in cocktails.
Magnificent in a planter, the pelargonium exists in a multitude of colors, each more beautiful than the other. Like other plants of the Geraniaceae family, pelargonium effectively repels mosquitoes and promises you peaceful summer evenings.
If it is a treat in the kitchen, mosquitoes do not support it. A little rosemary in pots or planted in your beds will ensure a mosquito-free summer.
A hardy plant from the lamiaceae family, nepeta grows both in the sun and in the shade. This plant is grown in pots, planters or beds and is one of the most effective against mosquitoes. Plus, the cats love it!
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