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Did You Know You Can Use Plants as Natural Pest Control in Your Garden? Here’s how.

Looking for effective natural pest control solutions?

We hear you. Say no to harsh chemicals!

We’re excited to show you how plants can protect against pests

You can use nature itself to safeguard your garden. 

How impressive is that? 

This type of sustainable and natural pest control is something we’re passionate about sharing at Blooming Haus. 

We make sure to protect the planet as much as we can as a luxury florist that is both mindful of people and planet.

Ready to share in our passion and learn more about using plants for natural pest control? 

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How to Use Plants as Natural Pest Control

1. Why Should You Use Plants for Pest Control?

Can you stick to the traditional methods of chemical pest control

Sure you can. 

That doesn’t mean you should. 

You may get rid of pesky garden pests like aphids. 

But, you could be doing damage to your health, your environment, and the living creatures around you

Using pesticides regularly can impact human wellness.

It can also damage plants and cause problems for animals including the pollinators that we all rely on. 

Eating produce covered in pesticides is not good for your health, and often these harsh chemicals run off into different areas of our ecosystem.

Why take the risk when you can adopt natural pest control measures such as using plants that deter pests

Doing this brings many benefits including: 

- Increasing biodiversity
- Reducing pollution in groundwater
- Providing protection for pollinators
- Producing healthier fruit and vegetables to eat. 

And, your garden gets to look incredible without you causing any damage to the world around you.

The power of plants prevails.

2.  How Do Plant Combinations Deter Pests?

One of the easiest ways to deal with pest problems in your garden is to use plant combinations

For example, grow some marigolds amongst your tomato plants and their strong scent deters greenfly and blackfly.
That’s not the only plant combination that works well for controlling pests

Growing sage with carrots wards off pests thanks to its strong scent. 

You can stop caterpillars from attacking your cabbages by growing nasturtiums as a diversion. 

Planting garlic amongst your rose bushes deters aphids. 

Growing leeks and carrots together provides protection to both as leeks repel carrot flies and carrots deter onion flies and leek moths. 

These are just a few of the plants that can protect your garden against pests

Keep reading to discover more.

3. Try These Plants for Pest Control in Your Garden 

As floral design professionals, we love the colours, aromas and shapes of flowers and plants

These features also bring vitality and joy to your garden. 

Some plants also protect your garden from unwanted pest invasions

We’re here to inspire you with suggestions about plants you can use for natural pest control. 


The scent of basil repels several pests including asparagus beetle, carrot fly, and whitefly.

It should initially be grown indoors until frosts subside and then planted in well-drained soil in a sheltered area of your garden. 

Basil is also a perfect container and greenhouse plant.

Nepeta (Catmint) 

Catmint is a pretty plant that’s brilliant at repelling aphids

It grows in any soil that can easily drain

The best part of the garden to plant catmint is somewhere that has full sun on it for long periods.

Heads up…

Catmint can take over your garden if you let it because it spreads quickly. 

So, you should start with a small amount and keep a close watch on it.


The onion scent of chives deters aphids from attacking neighbouring plants like chrysanthemums and tomatoes. 

These plants are also an attractive addition to your garden with their purple flowers that are edible. 

And bees love chives, so you’re supporting vital pollinators when you plant them. 

When you’re planting chives, choose a place with well-drained soil in the sun or partial shade. 

It’s also important that you keep the plants well-watered, especially during hot weather.


Garlic is excellent at repelling aphids, cabbage moths, and bigger pests like rabbits. 

Garlic cloves are normally sown in autumn and growing the plants is usually trouble-free. 

Choose a part of your garden where the soil drains easily and there is a lot of sunlight. 

Once the plants start to grow, cut off the flower stems as they form and make sure the area around the plants is well weeded.


We’re all familiar with the scent of mint

It’s this distinctive aroma that repels aphids, cabbage moths, whitefly, and ants

Mint grows aggressively so you may want to plant it in pots that can then be placed around your garden to protect other plants. 

This is especially useful if you have a vegetable patch where you don’t want your produce to be destroyed by pests before you get a chance to eat it. 

A couple of extra tips about growing mint

Always keep the plants well-watered and don’t grow different varieties together.


Onions are an excellent choice for planting in your garden if you want to repel aphids, carrot flies and larger pests like rabbits. 

Plus, they’re a tasty addition to your meals after harvesting. 

Onions are easy to grow from bulbs and are usually planted in spring for harvesting during the summer and into the autumn.


Coriander is grown for its tangy leaves and aromatic seeds

It’s a relative of parsley that’s often used when creating flavoursome curries and soups. 

The great news is that coriander also has pest control properties

It helps to repel aphids from your garden and protects other plants as a result.


Tansy is a plant that produces bright yellow blooms. 

It also has a strong scent that deters ants

Plus, this plant is hardy, frost resistant and easy to grow. 

When you’re planting tansy in your garden choose a place where the soil is well-drained. 

The area should also have plenty of sunlight. 

We think you’ll agree that the natural pest control properties of plants are pretty impressive. 

And they aid sustainability in other ways too. 

Keep scrolling for more insights.

4. Other Sustainable Benefits of Garden Plants

At Blooming Haus, sustainability is at the centre of everything we do

We’re all about protecting the planet.
Picture credit: Blooming Haus Shop
It’s our duty to give back what we take

This is why we launched our ‘Plant a Tree’ campaign. 

Every time we complete a project, we dedicate a tree to be planted in collaboration with the National Forest, Woodland Trust and Carbon Footprint Organisation.

So far, we’ve planted almost 100 trees in the London area and across the UK. 

That’s not all…

Our other sustainability measures are: 

Using green energy to power our studio. 
Partnering with bicycle-based delivery company EcoFleet to complete smaller deliveries including purchases from our online store
Composting all our organic waste. 
Avoiding using materials that cannot be composted. 
Reusing flower buckets and delivery packaging.
Recycling boxes and packaging. 
Sourcing as many flowers as possible from local suppliers, thereby reducing the environmental impact of transportation. 
Using suppliers that work with organisations like the Soil Association and the Rainforest Alliance to quality check supplies. 
Using probiotic cleaning products whenever possible.

Given our green centric ethos, we’re interested in all the ways plants can impact sustainability. 

The focus of this article is using flowers as natural pest control

But, that’s just the start of the benefits that garden plants can bring...

Gardening Cleans the Air & Soil

Plants take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere around them. 

They then produce oxygen as a byproduct of the photosynthesis process. This is a valuable attribute given the problems that carbon dioxide causes to the environment and the immense carbon footprint the planet has. 

Through their respiratory and photosynthetic processes plants also absorb chemicals and bacteria from the air. 

This helps to clean the atmosphere in which we live. 

For more insights into how plants clean the air check out our blog post. 

NASA Study Reveals Best Air-Cleaning Plants For Your Home

Gardening Replenishes & Protects the Soil

The roots of garden plants provide more protection to the environment than you might think. 

They bind the soil together so it’s less likely that it will wash away in heavy rains. 

So, having several root systems in place in your garden reduces the movement of topsoil.

Annual Plants Provide Nutrients For The Following Year 

When you grow annual plants in your garden, you know they’re only going to live for one growing season. 

But, they can be valuable even after they die. 

They decompose and add nutrients to the soil preparing it for more planting. 

This is a greener process than using chemicals to promote future plant growth. 

Gardening Protects Pollinators.

Pollinators like bees may only be tiny but they’re hugely important

They allow plants to fruit, seed, and breed

So, the performance of our ecosystem is directly dependent on the survival of our diminutive pollinator friends. 

Plants protect the health of pollinators and aid their survival. 

If you want to make your garden pollinator-friendly, here are some tips: 

Bees see purple more clearly than any other colour making plants like lavender, alliums, and buddleja a good choice. 

Tubular shaped blooms like foxgloves, honeysuckle, and snapdragons are good for long-tongued bees. 

Most pollinators are active from March to September but some can be active for most of the year so maintaining a pollinator-friendly landscape for each season is important. 

And, of course, using natural pest control helps to protect pollinators like bees and butterflies. 

This brings us back to the main theme of our post. 

Using the right plants protects your garden from pests without the need for damaging chemical pesticides. 

5. Other Resources You May Find Useful

Have questions or comments about this post? 

We’d love to hear from you. 

Just pop something in the comments. 

We’d also love you to share your insights about natural pest control. 

We’re always excited to explore sustainability options. 

Other resources you may find useful include:

1. Your Ultimate Guide to Biophilic Design in Lonon
2. The Best UK Royal Garden to Explore
3. Your Ultimate Guide to Flower Arrangements for Events
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