During the spring and especially summer months, many of us turn our attention toward the outdoors. Whether enjoying a cookout with friends and family, or spending quiet time alone enjoying a pond or garden water feature mosquitoes and other nuisance insects can become an issue. Pond plants themselves do not have insect repelling properties, but the marginal plants which are planted around the pond can be supplemented with some top notch mosquito repelling plants.
Lemongrass – If you live in an area which stays pretty warm all year around, this tropical plant is great for repelling mosquitos. It gets pretty large, but would look great around a pond.
Marigolds – These are another great plant which would look good if planted around a pond area, as a border or accent plant. The marigold doesn’t grow tall, so it won’t obstruct views of the pond.
Floss Flower – In addition to repelling mosquitoes, this plant is considered to be an excellent plant to attract butterflies. What a wonderful addition to a yard and a pond for bringing in a variety of beautiful butterflies.
Citronella Grass – This plant will get a couple feet tall, and has an excellent record for keeping away mosquitos.
In addition to the above plants, which can be planted around a pond area, there are quite a few plants which are suitable for container gardens which could be placed on or around a backyard deck or patio if viewing the pond or water feature from afar is the goal. Plants which will do well in container gardens are those such as: Catnip, Catmint, Rosemary, and Mint. The Catmint (Nepeta faasenii) also has the advantage of attracting butterflies.
So, this year when you are considering ways to help protect yourself, your family and your friends from the dreaded mosquitoes instead of going with an obnoxious bug zapper, consider a natural solution and enjoy even more beauty in your yard.