Not all geraniums will repel mosquitoes, but this particular kind (formally known as Pelargonium citrosum), which produces and smells like a citronella oil, can ward off bugs.
While they're not the most powerful repellent, these purple beauties (Ageratum houstounianum) produce an aroma mosquitoes aren't fond of, according to . Butterflies and hummingbirds, however, love their fragrant blooms.
, essential oils and extracts from Cintronella plants are so effective at keeping mosquitos away that they're now a go-to ingredient for many commercial repellents.
This member of the mint family boasts health benefits, a lovely smell, and its oils can
The strong lemon scent of this plant contains high levels of the bug-repelling compound—but in a more appetizing way. (It's an invasive species, however, so be careful when growing it.)
It may sound hard to believe since the scent is so heavenly to us humans, but mosquitoes can't stand the smell of this herb. Keep bugs at bay by planting the lavandin variety, which has a . Bonus: It also keeps moths and flies away!
Cats may love it, but mosquitoes . Related to mint, it contains a chemical called nepetalactone, that's both a feline attractant and an insect repellant.
Placing a pot of basil on your picnic table is helpful for giving your food a flavorful update—but it will also keep the bugs away, since it's one of the few plants that offer a strong bug-repelling scent without . A showed that basil essential oil is toxic to mosquito larvae.
Mint leaves can aid in keeping mosquitoes away. Bonus: Mint essential oils can also help .
Also known as "Mosquito Repellant Plant," this perennial is heavily marketed as a useful insect repellant. While some research suggests that this plant may at , it can't hurt to plant some near your porch, right?
Gathering around the bonfire to roast some s'mores? You might want to toss a little sage into the fire—the scented smoke will keep those pesky critters away. (Rosemary works, too.)
Not only do they look pretty, these colorful and heady flowers also repel insects, since they contain pyrethrum, an ingredient found in .