Use Plants in Your Garden to Keep Mosquitoes Away This Summer

There are so many things to love about summer. Long days, summer blooms, warmer weather and plenty of outdoor entertaining. But one thing Rozanne® absolutely despises during the summer season is annoying bugs disrupting her fun.

It’s completely bothersome to be enjoying an evening garden party with friends, while pesky bugs won’t leave you be. Mosquitoes are some of the worst offenders, leaving you with itchy, red marks that last for days.

Worrying about contracting Zika or West Nile Virus is simply not on your summer bucket list and mosquitoes must be avoided. Well, fear not! Rozanne will not let some pesky critters ruin your summer fun. She knows a few natural mosquito repellant plants and remedies that can help keep pests away so you can focus on more important things this season, like enjoying cocktails and camaraderie in your garden!   

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Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

Plant one or several of these throughout your garden to keep your outdoor space pest-free.

Citronella Grass

Perhaps you have tried lighting a citronella candle in hopes of deterring mosquitoes. Its potent fragrance masks other smells that might attract mosquitoes. The plant is also supposed to be more effective than the candles or oils because of its strong scent.


Rozanne is more than just a pretty face! Cranesbills, especially geraniums such as Rozanne, have a variety of scents including lemon and rose-like smells. Wasps and mosquitoes typically avoid these scents and in turn, will avoid you when these beautiful flowers surround your garden.


These bright, cheery flowers have an intense smell that keeps mosquitoes away. They contain Pyrethrum, which is a compound that is used in other insect repellents.


Plant this tasty herb to keep mosquitoes and flies at bay and you’ll also reap the benefits of having fresh basil to make caprese salad, pesto and more!


Cats may love this herb but mosquitoes do not. The perennial herb grows white to purple flowers, making it pretty and functional for your garden. It can also help repel flies.

Keep More Than Just Mosquitoes Away

Some plants like geraniums, basil and marigolds are multi-functional in their bug repellant properties. Here are some additional plants that will keep other bugs away:


Repels aphids, slugs and snails.


Repels roaches, ants, Japanese beetles, ticks, lice, fleas, bedbugs and spider mites.


Repels squash bugs, beetles and aphids.

keep mosquitoes away with natural mosquito repellant plants

Other Natural Ways To Repel Mosquitoes

In addition to planting some of the aforementioned flowers and herbs, you can also use oils, natural sprays and even vinegar to avoid mosquitoes.


Add a few drops of lavender oil on patio pillows or other outdoor decor to keep mosquitoes from coming near.

Apple cider vinegar

Ingest one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar 3 times a day before an outdoor party or camping trip to help keep mosquitoes from targeting you.

Essential Oils

Tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose geranium, and lemon essential oils are all known for helping repel mosquitoes.

Bug Spray:

Create your own mosquito repellent spray by combining these essential oils: citronella lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus, mint and witch hazel. Get the full recipe here.

By using a combination of plants and other natural remedies, you’ll have a better chance of being pest-free this summer. Let us know your tips to stand up against pests in your summer garden. Leave us a comment on Facebook telling us how you ward the pesky critters off.