Planting a Mosquito-Repellent Container Garden

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mosquito-repellent container garden

By:  Chelsea Lipford Wolf

There are so many different ways to keep mosquitoes and other annoying bugs away from your outdoor living area in the summer months. Things like bug sprays and electronic zappers don’t add anything to your outdoor space. But planting a container full of mosquito-repelling plants can be both beautiful and functional!

Heading to your local nursery or home center will yield several options for your container garden. Here we used herbs such as mint, lemongrass, and the most famous of them all, the citronella plant, also commonly referred to as the mosquito plant. Other options include lavender, lemon balm, or even marigolds!

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They work because, while the smell might be sweet to the human nose, mosquitoes can’t stand their fragrant scent. And planting several of varying heights in one container creates a visually interesting container garden. A large planter looks great with the tall and wispy lemongrass planted in the back.  The middle of the container is filled with 3 medium-height citronella plants. And finally the peppermint and spearmint sit in the front and flow over the edge of the lightweight planter.

lemongrass
lemongrass
citronella
citronella
mint
mint
buzz off, mosquitoes!
buzz off, mosquitoes!

The contrast of the bright green herbs and light brown planter are the perfect match whether you have a concrete patio or wooden deck. You can create several to surround your outdoor space or move them around depending on where you’re hanging out in your yard. Such a fun and pretty way to keep mosquitoes away the natural way!

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