Spring is in full bloom, and the leaves and flowers are transforming the landscape into a gorgeous, colorful canvas. It's the time of year for enjoying the outdoors, but there are some negatives that come with the season. Those negatives include allergies, pollen and pesky mosquitoes. Rather than loading up your skin with bug repellent, consider investing in the following flowers and plants that will help ward off mosquitoes:
Marigolds - These bright orange and yellow flowers can increase the attractiveness of your landscape while repelling mosquitoes with their distinct smell. As a bonus to those with vegetable gardens, marigolds even repel insects that eat tomato plants.
Citronella - You may recognize the scent of citronella from many bug sprays or insect-repellent candles. Citronella grows as a leafy grass and can be five-to-six-feet tall.
Basil - Basil is a dual-benefit plant - the scent repels mosquitoes, and it can also be used for cooking. Enjoy pesto dishes or try one of the lemon or cinnamon basil varieties to spice things up in the kitchen.
Lavender - The scent of lavender not only repels mosquitoes but also moths and flies. To make this even more effective, try rubbing the plant on your skin to release the oils.
Peppermint and Lemon Balm - Both members of the mint family, these plants contain a natural chemical that wards off insects. Lemon balm is best planted in pots due to its invasive nature when placed in the ground.
Catnip - Also part of the mint family, catnip contains natural chemicals that can be very useful in repelling insects. Be cautious, however, as catnip may also attract furry friends to your garden. It’s also really assertive, so plant it in a pot or contained area so it doesn’t take over.
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