A Year Without the Grocery Store blog has a nice article up on ten plants that you can grow in your yard to repel mosquitoes.
Excerpt from 10 Natural Mosquito Repellents for Your Yard.
I get a great deal of joy from being outside. One of my most fond memories of my late high school years was sitting outside on the porch swing with my mother rocking together and sitting and talking for hours two to three evenings a week. Our time outside wasn’t often interrupted or hampered by mosquitos. Where we live now, one of our neighbors has an unused below-ground pool which has been partially drained. Despite the fact that we have a porch swing now, I don’t like sitting outside on it even if I’m being chased by a single mosquito. So we are starting to put a plan in place to deal with the mosquitos so that I can once again enjoy our yard and our porch swing.
In my research for what we’re going to plant in our yard, I’ve come across ten plants that are mosquito repellents either by just the presence of the plant or by crushing the leaves and rubbing them on exposed skin. Check these natural mosquito repellents out!
Lavender is such a beautiful plant, but its benefits don’t stop there! It is also a natural mosquito repellent. Grow it in your yard or put it in pots around the around areas that you gather outside. Lavender is also known to repel flies and moths – another bonus.
According to American Meadows, lavender grows best in full sun and well-drained soil. It doesn’t like rich soil, so don’t bother adding fertilizer to it.
Another upside to growing lavender is that you can steep the petals in hot water to create a tea that can be calming.
2.) Lemon Thyme