Mosquito Repelling Plants for Your Summer Garden

As experienced home gardeners, we know too well the challenges that come with maintaining a beautiful summer garden.

One of the most common pests that we have to contend with in the summer months are mosquitoes, which are also known for carrying diseases. That's why it's a good idea to incorporate some mosquito repelling plants in your garden to keep them under control.

Let’s delve into some of the most effective plant options for fending off these pests. 


Fragrant lavender blooms not only add gorgeous dashes of purple to the garden, their scent also deters mosquitos and many other insects. Plant lavender flowers around the perimeter of your garden to create a natural barrier against mosquitoes.


This classic mosquito repelling plant is a staple in many summer gardens, emitting a strong aroma when crushed, making it a popular ingredient for mosquito repellent candles and sprays. The strong pungent scent of citronella helps mask the carbon dioxide that attracts mosquitoes. Planting some around your patio or in containers is a great way to keep mosquitos at bay. They are low-maintenance and grow well in full sun and well-drained soil.


The bright and colorful Geranium flowers emit a strong scent that makes mosquitoes nauseous. Geraniums are easy to grow given plenty of sunlight, and make an appealing addition to any garden. 


While cats seem to not get enough off these plants, catnip is surprisingly effective as a potent mosquito repellent. The nepetalactone in the catnip plant has natural repellent properties that deter the flying pest. Grow catnip near your outdoor space and seating areas to keep mosquitoes away.

Lemon Balm

This herb is a member of the mint family and has a strong lemon scent that turns mosquitoes off. Lemon balm is a fast-growing plant that can be somewhat invasive, so it's best to grow it in pots or raised beds.


The strong, slightly spicy scent of the marigold flower is also a natural pest deterrent. Grow some marigolds around the edges of your garden or interspersed throughout to help keep mosquitoes and other flying insects under control. 


This popular herb not only adds flavor to your dishes, but also repels mosquitos and other common pests. They grow quickly in well-drained soil and abundant sunlight. 


As its name suggests, this is yet another plant with a lemony scent that is effective at driving away mosquitoes. Keep some lemongrass in pots on your patio, or near outdoor seating areas for added mosquito protection.

Final thoughts

In addition to mosquito repelling plants, be sure to eliminate standing water around your yard to keep mosquito populations in check, and use fans in your outdoor spaces to disrupt their flight patterns.

You may also consider using a mosquito misting system if you are faced with more serious mosquito infestations - as they are designed to emit fine mists of natural and non-toxic insecticides from strategically placed nozzles that kill mosquitoes upon contact. 

When adding these plants to your garden, keep in mind that they work best when crushed to fully release their fragrant oils. It's also a good idea to plant them in areas where you and your family will be spending most time, such as near decks and seating areas. By incorporating them into your summer garden, you can relax and enjoy the outdoors mosquito-free all summer long!