Sweet garlic

Sweet garlic can also be eaten. Just be sure that you have properly identified it. (Lynn Greyling / CC0 Public Domain)

Over the years, Bay Journal quizzes, columns and articles have often encouraged people to plant species that attract birds, butterflies, bees and a variety of other wildlife.

Daisy fleabane

When using daisy fleabane to repel pests, be sure to keep it under control, lest it become a plant pest. (Yonezawa-Shi / CC BY-SA 2.0)

But what if you don’t want certain types of wildlife in your yard? Put down those pesticides, weapons and traps! Here are plants that will send some pest species packing. Match the animal with its “stay out” species. Answers are below.


Plant rosemary around the perimeter of your property to help nearby plants that might attract hungry creatures. (Margalob / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Note: Not all plants will be a successful deterrent all of the time. They are most effective when grown around the perimeter of one’s property as well as around any plants, shrubs or trees that might be attractive to a pest. Also, not all of the plants listed are native to the Chesapeake Bay watershed and some — daisy fleabane, pennyroyal, hellebore, yarrow and catnip – can become weedy if not watched and kept under control.

Bee on lavendar

Plant lavender, and you will not only repel some pests, but also attract pollinators. (TTaylor / CC BY-SA 3.0)







1. Marigolds, garlic, onion

2. Coleus, rue, lavender, rosemary, pennyroyal

3. Monkshood, sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, cucumbers, squash, bleeding hearts, peonies, boxwood, daffodils, lavender, iris, arrowwood viburnum, globe thistle, yarrow, hellebores.

4. Marigolds, lavender, garlic, rosemary, basil, catnip, citronella grass, richwood, lemon thyme, daisy fleabane

5. Chrysanthemums, citronella grass, rosemary, daisy fleabane

6. Crown imperial, onion, sweet cicely, coneflower, impatiens, garlic


1. Snake; 2. Cat; 3. Deer; 4. Mosquito; 5. Tick; 6. Rabbit

Kathleen Gaskell is the Bay Journal's copy and layout editor and author of the Chesapeake Challenge. Contact Kathleen at kgaskell@bayjournal.com.

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