When beginning to plan your garden you should consider having some flowering plants and herbs. It might be difficult to imagine planting flowers in place of your most-loved edibles, but the benefits are worth the sacrifice.
What these flowers do is attract pollinators, and the majority of fruiting plants need that. They also attract predatory insects that prey upon insect pests. Some flowers, including the well-known marigold, actually repel some garden pests altogether. We made a list of flowers you can use in your vegetable garden and see the amazing benefits they provide.
Black Eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susans is known for attracting parasitic wasps and bumble bees. Try planting a clump near your tomatoes, where the bumble bees will significantly improve the quality of fruit your tomatoes produce. Black-eyed Susans reseed prolifically, therefore, deadheading is really helpful to limit the spreading.
Yarrow attracts ladybugs preying on aphids and mites, and hover flies, preying on aphids and mealybugs. Yarrow also attracts parasitic wasps, like braconid wasps, which can help in the control of dreaded hornworm that usually wreaks havoc on tomato plants. To boot, yarrow is a popular medicinal herb used as a tea to help with colds and fever.
Cosmos, as well as other lacy-leaved plants, are known for attracting lacewings. Lacewings are beneficial insect to invite into your garden because both adults and larvae feed on scales, thrips, aphids, mealybugs, and caterpillars. Cosmos is an amazing flower for cutting and displaying indoors too.
Bee balm is awesome for attracting pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Moreover, bee balm has a great scent and is highly valued as a medicinal herb.
Keeping aphids, Japanese beetles, squash bugs, and weevils away from your edibles is extremely advisable. Using up a little bit of space for catnip will significantly improve the overall resilience of your garden. It is therefore recommended using dried catnip to deter ants from your home.
Use nasturtiums throughout your vegetable garden, because many veggie-loving pests hate nasturtiums. Nasturtiums repel insects such as aphids, whiteflies, squash bugs, various types of beetles, and cabbage loopers.
Scented marigolds are a known pest deterrent in the garden. It is suggested to use them to keep aphids, mosquitoes, and even rabbits at bay. Marigold roots will help you deter nematodes as well. But remember, however, marigolds can actually attract snails and spider mites.
Lavender is another plant loved by pollinators, particularly butterflies and bees. Lavender’s long bloom cycle lasts over a month and gives pollinators a consistent source of nectar during the spring.
If you are looking for a summer bloomer loved by bees and butterflies, take into consideration the purple coneflower. You’ll also love seeing goldfinches eat the seeds as they ripen at the end of the season. It is also known for its medicinal powers and tea.
Alyssum is not only amazing for attracting butterflies, but, it also attracts a host of predatory insects. This includes parasitic wasps, ground beetles, tachinid flies, and hover flies. Alyssum’s fragrant, low-growing, mounding habit makes is also an ideal border plant for your garden.
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