Best mosquito repelling plants:

Mosquitos are a real pain. They always find a way, no matter what, to swing by your patios to ruin your enjoyment of the outdoors. Try growing some of the best mosquito repelling plants to help.

If synthetic chemicals aren’t your top priority, consider growing plants that can repel mosquitos out of the way, owing to the fragrance and aroma of their natural oils. 

One plant that you’ll surely miss a lot on this list is the gardener’s favorite citronella grass because a Florida A&M study actually debunked it as a mosquito buster!

Merely growing mosquito-repelling plants in your backyard is not a consistent and reliable way to shoot off mosquitos. Paving the way for mosquito-repelling plants to grow and release their essential oils at the maximum capacity will keep your outdoors off the hook from those notorious mosquitos.

One way to double the release of essential oils is by cutting some extra shoots or leaves of the mosquito repelling plants and scattering them over your patio area.

The other way round is to snip off some stems with leaves intact to areas with foot traffic so that every step will release some mosquito-repelling oils.  


closeup of rosemary plant

What is the best plant to keep the mosquitos away?

The answer is rosemary.

For ages, indoor and outdoor gardeners have used rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) as the perfect natural pest control plant.

Both PlantShed and New York Botanical Garden consider rosemary the best natural pest control plant, as mosquitos, cabbage moths, and carrot flies swear off its pine-like scent.

The rosemary-infused smoke from a grill is very helpful at keeping insects away from your outdoor location, and it will also leave no stone unturned to flavor your meats and kick your salads.

Rosemary adores growing in sunny spots accompanied by hot and humid climates. The herb is a perfect suit to grow in pots as well.


Like rosemary, another top trending plant to shun off the nasty mosquitos away is lavender.

The plant doesn’t allow mosquitos to play in their vicinity.

Do you know how?

Lavender plants give off a sweet soapy like fragrance that comes from their essential oils, which are found in the flowers and leaves of the plant. Moreover, it’s even thought that the essential oil of lavender inhibits the smelling ability of the mosquitos, thus inhibiting their ability to attack you or their prey.

Here’s the good news. You can rub the flowers or leaves at night onto your skin as a kind of organic mosquito repellent.

Once established, the lavender plant is hardy, tough, and drought resistant.

To grow lavender, keep it under the influence of the mighty sun and good soil drainage.


marigold flowers and plant closeup

Marigolds deter mosquitos from gardens owing to their leaves and flowers that contain insect-repelling substances known as pyrethrum.

Pyrethrum, the insect repelling agent, is used extensively in many organic insecticides.

Don’t worry! Insecticides are insect-killing agents.

The marigolds feature a pungent-like smell which not only works best at keeping mosquitos away but nematodes as well. They are a great addition to your vegetable gardens and one of the easy-to-grow plants from seeds.

It’s not a good idea to hold on to marigolds from sparkling your gardens if your backyards are home to bugs. Start growing them today and wait for the magic.

You would be surely over the moon by hearing that the marigolds keep away not only mosquitos but thrips, aphids, whiteflies, squash bugs, Mexican bee beetles, and tomato hornworms.


mint leaves on plate

Ah, mint! My personal favorite herb to keep the mosquitos at a safe distance.

Mint deals with mosquitos, flies, and even ants outstandingly. 

Moreover, it’s the best nontoxic option in your hands to keep the bugs out of your patios.

What are you waiting for? Go, and grow mints in your backyards and never ever worry about the buzz of mosquitos.

Nature has blessed all species of mint with the immense Thor power to repel mosquitos.

American beautyberry

What’s American Beautyberry?

The American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is an invasive plant that features tiny white flowers with dazzling magenta-colored berry clusters.

Besides its role in adding up the color to patios, this shrub works very best against mosquitos. The fragrant oils in its leaves give off a unique perfume that frightens mosquitos.

This plant is a proud member of the mint family and grows best in most gardens.


bunch of lemongrass isolated on white background

Lemongrass is a grass that smells like a real lemon. The lemony flavor is because of the natural oils that build up in the grassy leaves.

No doubt, the lemongrass is a fragrant shrub. It contains a lot of citronella oil in the leaves. This citronella oil is used widely in outdoor candles and works best against the inset populations such as mosquitos.

Concerning lemongrass gardening, it’s a soft plant, and it can’t withstand too freezing or too hot temperatures. It’s best suited for container gardening.

Next time, if you grow lemongrass in your patios, don’t forget to coarsely chop some of its slender leaves and stew them around your backyard to free up yourself from the buzz of mosquitos and enjoy the everlasting lemony aroma with your family.


Once again, we are under the radar of another mint family member: catnip.

The plant grows very well on its own.

It is an easy-to-grow and easy-to-care-for plant. The catnip is one of the best commercial and weed plant out there.

If you can neglect the invasive nature of the plant, you’ll surely love it as an amazing mosquitos repellant.

Next time, plant this amazing mint family in a separate area, away from your other herbs and flowers, and use some of its leaves around your deck and pool for an amazing mosquito buzz-free time.

For that matter, you can grow ‘Walker’s Low’ cultivar which is best at tolerating water-less soils and flowers from mid-spring to late summer.


It’s another top-notch candidate for repelling mosquitos from your garden zone.

The key here is to plant thyme plants between steppingstones in the backyard. Whenever your foot sets on some thyme leaves, that crashing of leaves with your foot would force the thyme leaves to release mosquito-repelling agent from its leaves.

Happy gardening with the thyme, darling.

Oh, wow. I rhymed some words.


closeup of sweet basil plant

Basil isn’t only my personal favorite but master gardeners as well.

This beautiful herb’s repugnant leaves work best not only for kicking our pestos and salads but also for banning mosquitos from revisiting your area.

An important note: not all basil varieties perform at the same caliber when it comes to repelling mosquitos.

Among them all, the extra spicy Thai Basil with its slender foliage cinnamon perfume works out best at fending off the notorious insects.

Bee balm

What a fantastic plant beebalm is!

On one hand, it adds beauty to your garden landscape by attracting butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, and on the other hand, the beebalm has shown the top-rated insect deterring properties. 

You can crush its leaves to release the fragrant oils. 

It’s very important to understand that for most insect-repelling plants to function properly, you’ve to crush their flowers or leaves first to release the insect repelling plant’s fragrant or essential oils. 

But bee balm is an exception here; as it thrives and flowers in your backyard, it gives off fragrances that mosquitos abhor. 

Botanically, the beebalm is an annual flowering plant that produces flowers in a variety of shapes and colors, and it’s the perfect fit for growing in containers or edging beds of your patio.

Floss flower

close up of floss flower plant

For many, floss flower is the perfect fit for making great beddings alongside the garden corners and container planting. 

What is special about floss flowers?

First, they are beautiful. You’ll surely love them dancing around.

Second, the floss flower contains coumarin – a natural chemical agent that helps greatly in repelling mosquitos from garden spaces. 

However, keep in mind that the plant is toxic to children and pets if ingested by them, so this is not the perfect plant for everyone.


Lantana is another amazing mosquito repelling plant.

It smells awesome!

If you’ve some lantana leaves in your garden, rub them onto your skin. You’ll see how effective they are against mosquitos.

The lantana leaves are fully loaded with aromatic compounds that go off the air when sun rays warm the plant leaves.

You can grow lantana as potted plants and place them around your outdoor living space.

These incredible plant species guarantee 27 to 48 percent protection against mosquitos.

O’, by the way, I forget to tell you that during the blooming season, the lantana plant attracts the most beautiful butterflies to gardens.

Regarding their growing conditions in pots, opt to grow them in a sunny spot and water them often to keep their fragile roots moist.


pile of eucalyptus leaves close up

It’s not possible to round out our discussion about top mosquitos repelling plants without adding eucalyptus to our list. 

The plant is an evergreen perennial that’s native to western Australia. It can reach up to 65 feet.

Today, you can start growing eucalyptus as a potted plant for repelling the infamous mosquito. Choose a location near your garden that gets an ample amount of sunlight and contains rich soil.  

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