Everyone knows that in the summer, nothing can ruin a good time outdoors quicker than mosquitoes and other pests. And as we are approaching arguably the biggest BBQ weekend of the year, we want to keep guests bitten-free.
Most insect-repelling plants do so with their naturally occurring fragrances. Not only will these plants keep annoying insects at a minimum, they will also introduce wonderful scents all throughout your garden or patio. Place these plants in areas where guests will be often such as by a seating area or a doorway.
Known for its distinct smell, citronella grass is the most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellants. In fact, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden recommends lemon-scented plants such as citronella grass to keep mosquitoes at bay. And the good news is that the living plant is the most effective at repelling pests. This low maintenance plant does best in large planters because it cannot withstand frost, but in warmer climates, can be planted directly a sunny area in the ground. Also, when buying Citronella, make sure you buy Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus, which are true varieties.