Nothing ruins a sunny summer day spent out on your porch like the constant buzzing of bees or the bite of a mosquito. But before you assume your garden is the problem, we’re here to tell you that it might actually be the solution — you just have to know what type of flowers to grow!

Plants and Flowers That Repel Bugs


While us humans love the relaxing scent of lavender, bugs don’t care for it. In fact, they try their best to avoid it at all costs! If you’re looking to deter moths, fleas, flies, and mosquitoes from entering your home, try planting bushels of lavender at entryways around your house.


If hard shell bugs are a problem by you, add chrysanthemums to your garden. These colorful little flowers repel everything from roaches and Japanese beetles, to bed bugs, spider mites, and ticks.


If you have a fruit or vegetable garden in your yard, marigolds are a necessity! Not only do small bugs like gnats and mosquitoes not like them, but they even repel rabbits that can destroy your garden. They also pair beautifully with roses because chrysanthemums have been known to enhance their growth.

Orange marigold flowers.


Another great flower to have in your vegetable garden? Petunias! Known for warding off tomato hornworms, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers, and squash bugs, petunias are a pesticide-free way to protect your garden from unwanted pests.


Not only does the chemical nasturtium produces protect itself from creepy crawlers, but it protects many of the plants near it. For the best results, plant them in early spring so that they’re fully grown and ready to work by the time summer (and bugs) come.

Other Plants that Deter Bugs

  • Basil: The oil in basil leaves kills mosquito eggs.
  • Mint: Similar to lavender, many insects don’t like the smell of mint.
  • Lemongrass: Citronella is a common oil found in many mosquito repelling candles and waxes, however, lemongrass naturally produces it.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary will protect vegetable gardens, in particular, from an infestation.
  • Mugwort: It may not have the prettiest sounding name, but it’s one of the best fly-repelling plants on the market, so we love it anyway!

Plants That Attract Mosquitoes

When summer hits, the one bug most people are affected by is mosquitoes. Because mosquitoes are attracted to water, flowers like water lilies, water hyacinths, Taro, and papyrus are a few that you’ll want to refrain from planting.


Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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