Repel Mosquitoes Naturally with an Easy Container Garden

Keep the mosquitoes from joining your party without resorting to carcinogenic bug spray. You can repel mosquitoes naturally with the right plants around. And container gardens make the mosquito repellant mobile so you can have it where you want it.

Likewise, having a mosquito-repelling patio planter or two will keep the pests away.

There are several plants that mosquitoes and other biting insects dislike. They are easy to find, inexpensive to include in your planters, and include strong-smelling herbs and flowering plants.

Plants that Repel Mosquitoes
Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

First, plant your container gardens and pots. Then, you can place them near your favorite gathering places like your patio, lawn, or deck. In addition, we talk about more container gardening here.

Importantly, the best thing with these containers and pots is that you can move them to where they are needed!

You have a mobile natural mosquito repellant!

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Sweet and Thai Basil Leaves

Basil is an herb that everyone should have in their herb garden for its variety of uses. It’s not only good to eat, but it also repels mosquitoes and flies too.

Additionally, it adds flavor to tons of recipes, including pesto, salads, or even desserts.

Sweet basil is the most common variety and has a subtle anise flavor. It is an annual that grows 1 to 2 feet high with glossy green leaves and white flower spikes.

You might consider Thai basil for its beautiful purple leaves and more-intense anise flavor. An added bonus: use it in the kitchen. It’s is delicious when paired with coconut milk and red curry.


Catnip Plant
Catnip Plant with Flowers

Kitties like it, but, on the other hand, mosquitoes don’t. Good for us!

Catnip is a perennial herb that will grow 3 to 4 feet high and has feather-like light-green foliage with small clusters of lavender-purple flowers that grow on spikes.

It is an effective pest repellant. However, catnip is invasive, so be sure to keep it contained!


Garlic Head with Cloves
Head of Garlic

Garlic is a bulb that produces flower stalks with white florets. It repels mosquitoes, moths, and maybe even a vampire or two if you’ve got some around.

Garlic needs to have its bulbs planted in the fall or early winter so that it has time for the roots to develop before the ground freezes.

If you want to, harvest the green leaves and flowers the following summer. They can add an extra zing to sauces, marinades, bread, and much more.

Garlic bulbs can be a delicious addition to the kitchen. You can tell when they are ready for harvest in late summer when the tops begin to yellow and fall over.


Lavender in Bloom
Blooming Lavender

Lavender, a perennial herb in the mint family, has 47 known species.

It is beautiful, and it is also another excellent pest-repellant to have around the garden. It repels mosquitoes, moths, flies, and fleas.

Thumbelina Leigh is a popular variety. It is a compact plant that can grow to 6″ to 12″ tall. This lavender will bloom three times a year if cut back by half after flowering.

Lavender’s aroma is unpleasant to mosquitoes. For people, it’s a favorite for promoting relaxation and tranquility. Try picking some flowers and putting them under your pillow!


Lemon Balm Plant
Lemon Balm Plant

Also a member of the mint family, lemon balm is a perennial that repels mosquitoes.

It is a prolific herb that can be invasive and needs to be contained.

Growing 24″ to 36″ tall, lemon balm has a green clump of leaves that contrasts nicely with the other plants on our list.

The leaves have a mild lemon aroma that mosquitoes don’t like.


Lemongrass Plant
Lemongrass Plant

Citronella oil is a natural mosquito repellant that is made from Lemongrass. It’s a tropical herb that has a strong citrus flavor and aroma.

Some say it has hints of mint and ginger. It grows as a tall, grassy clump.

 It can be used in the kitchen and is an ingredient in many Thai dishes.


Lemon Thyme Plant
Lemon Thyme Plant

A perennial herb that looks like every other thyme species, lemon thyme has similar small aromatic leaves but a distinct lemony taste and aroma. It grows to 12″ high.

For a different flavor, use as a great addition to recipes such as marinades and pasta sauces.


Marigold Flowers are mosquito repellant
Marigold Flowers

Marigolds are an annual plant with yellow pom-pom flowers and feathery leaves.

Marigold flowers contain a compound found in many insect repellants. Its flower form will deter the insects.

Plant marigolds with tomatoes to help repel tomato worms, keeping your tomato plants healthy and pest-free.


Mint is a large family of perennial plants. All mint repels mosquitoes, ants and sometimes mice.

Here are a couple of different mints that you can use in our containers to add some variety and spice.

Peppermint Leaves are mosquito repellant
Peppermint Leaves

A hybrid between spearmint and watermint, peppermint has lavender-purple flowers in the late summer. It is invasive so be sure to contain it.

Peppermint is a versatile mint that one can add to iced tea, cocktails, or refreshing desserts.

     Pineapple Mint is one of the most decorative of mints. It has white-edged leaves that have a wooly texture, with a pleasantly sweet mint aroma and taste.

Mosquitoes will stay away from places that have mint planted.

Use pineapple mint in beverages, any dish that calls for mint, as a garnish, or in potpourri.

This mint makes a beautiful ground cover, but it can be invasive.


Rosemary Plant is a Mosquito Repellant
Rosemary Plant

A native of the Mediterranean, Rosemary is a fragrant, evergreen herb. It is a mosquito repellant and may prevent flies from coming to the BBQ.

It can be a great addition to dishes with meats or in sauces. Add a couple of sprigs to your roasting chicken.


Mosquitoes breed in standing water. Above all, one of the best ways to rid your garden of mosquitoes is to eliminate any standing water that could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Once planted, your containers will provide pleasant aromas for your patio areas. Plus, they could be fresh additions to your recipes. And, of course, a natural way to repel mosquitoes without added harmful chemicals. For other natural mosquito repellant ideas, visit Medical News Today’s article.

Container Gardening
Repelling Mosquitoes Naturally

You can put the pots near the entrance to the garden or the steps leading to the deck.

Brushing up against the scented foliage will help release their scent into the air which will aid in repelling the pests.

Similarly, encourage guests to rub the plants get the scent onto their skin and into the air around the gathering area.

In short, mosquitoes will get the message and stay away!

Have you used these plants to repel mosquitoes? Leave a comment below telling us what your favorites are.

Happy gardening!

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