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13 February 2021

HERBACEOUS HAVEN

We're feeling house proud, but we don't think your interiors should get all the attention. We share our top eight plants, herbs and flowers that will give you more than you bargained for. Our seedling selections can be added to all your favourite recipes, attract pollinators to your patio, brighten up your backyard and perfume your place; all while repelling mosquitoes! So you can enjoy the outdoors as much as the indoors while sporting a super cute herb garden.

1. MARIGOLDS

The familiar smell of marigolds is one that will repel unwanted mosquitoes from your garden while attracting bees and butterflies. You can include marigolds in salads or dressings, they are also commonly added to desserts or as a garnish to sweets. Incorporate these bright little pom poms in your garden in either yellow or orange. They will add colour and vibrance to your backyard and your plate while bringing pollinators to your yard.

2. BASIL 

Basil is a staple for your herb garden. In addition to mosquitoes, flies are also deterred by the smell of basil. It's easy to grow and maintain, and is perfect for almost every recipe as it has many varieties. Who doesn't want to make their own homemade pesto, add fresh basil to pasta or pizza and even make a refreshing dessert with your produce. It is also used as an essential oil to enhance mood, improve digestion, increase alertness and soothe muscle aches.

3. rosemary

Rosemary is another predominant ingredient in any good herb garden. It's a must for your roast dinner, or you can add it as a garnish to your cocktails. Rosemary is very easy to grow as it can withstand long periods without water. It will give a beautiful aroma to your garden while showcasing white, pink, purple or blue flowers and staying evergreen all year round. Burning rosemary is a natural solution to repel not only mosquitoes but also flies and other bugs.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is so popular as it goes with almost anything. Use it to flavour teas, alcohol, ice cream, chocolate or fruit preserves. The topical application of peppermint gives a cooling sensation to the skin and is traditionally used as a remedy for many different ailments, as it is known to have calming effects. It can help in the treatment of stomach pain, nausea, anxiety, indigestion and the common cold, all while keeping spiders and mosquitoes far from your home.

5. Lemongrass

Lemongrass can be a nice addition to the garden to add fullness, greenery and a lovely citrus scent that mosquitoes and flies hate. Put the leaves into a pot of hot water to make your own tea, or add it to freshen up a stir fry. Lemongrass can be used to treat stomach aches, high blood pressure, fever and the common cold as it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

6. sage

Include sage in your herb garden and you won't regret it. You can add it to all your meat dishes or combine it with melted butter for a delicious pasta dish. Dry out a bunch of sage to burn it like incense. Burning sage is said to purify a space from bad energy. It removes bacteria from the air and repels insects, all while reducing stress and anxiety. Consuming sage also aids in the treatment of heartburn, digestive problems, stomach pain and memory loss.

7.  lavender

Why wouldn't you want to add this beautiful, sweet smelling flower to your garden. Lavender is commonly used to treat anxiety, stress and insomnia. Add it as an ingredient to a cake recipe or make some lavender and earl grey cookies. The smell of lavender will also drive away mosquitoes, flies, spiders, fleas, moths and bed bugs. If all that isn't enough then simply use it as a cut flower to enliven your home!

8. garlic

We won't list off all the recipes you can create with garlic, but we will tell you this... The strong smell of garlic keeps ants, aphids and mosquitoes away, and it is said that you are less likely to be bitten by mosquitoes after consuming garlic. It can also be used to combat the common cold, reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol. What more can you ask for from one smelly plant!