Repel mozzies with these plants

You can build a natural line of defence in your garden to help keep mozzies away.

Growing these plants can help keep mosquitoes at bay when you’re entertaining outdoors.

Citronella

This is by far the most popular plant for repelling mosquitoes and has a distinctive odour. As well as planting them in your garden, put some in pots to place around your entertaining areas when you have guests or are just dining outside with your family. You can also add clippings from the plant into a centrepiece arrangement on the table.

Petunias

Also known as nature’s pesticide because it is notorious for repelling aphids, tomato hornworm, asparagus beetles, leafhoppers and squash bugs. They are very easy to grow, and you can plant them in the ground or in pots.

Lavender

This has a wonderful fragrance, but the aroma repels mosquitoes. It can be planted around your garden or in pots. Use clippings in a table feature and even rub lavender oil on your skin as a repellent.

Nasturtiums

Repels whiteflies, squash bugs, aphids, several beetles and cabbage loopers. They also help other plants in your garden, as they produce an airborne chemical that repels insects, protecting not only themselves but other plants in the garden.

Rosemary

This is not just for using on a lamb roast. It also helps keep the bugs away, as mosquitoes don't like its smell. You can plant it in containers, but it also works well as a small hedge.

Basil

Provides the double benefit of repelling both houseflies and mosquitoes, plus it’s a great addition to salads or pasta dishes.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is closely related to citronella and repels mosquitoes. It's also useful in Asian dishes. It can grow to a couple of metres high, so it will need plenty of room wherever you plant it.