Attracting Beneficial Insects

Using plants that attract beneficial insects helps control garden pests without the use of pesticides.

Annuals

  • Candytuft
  • Bachelor's Buttons
  • Black-Eye Susan
  • Blanket Flower
  • Calendula
  • Calliopsis
  • Cosmos (for bees too)
  • Dwarf Morning Glory
  • Gazania
  • Marigolds
  • Mexican Sunflower
  • Common Sunflower
  • Swan River Daisy
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Zinnia

Cover Crops

  • Alfalfa
  • Buckwheat (for bees too)
  • Clovers (for bees too)
  • Winter Rye

Perennials

  • Bee Balm
  • Gayfeathers
  • Golden Asters
  • Goldenrod
  • Hardy Marguerite
  • Lavender
  • Painted Daisy
  • Pincushion
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Rock Cress (for bees too)
  • Sea Hollies
  • Coreopsis

Wildflower or Weeds

  • Wild Asters
  • Buttercups
  • Corn Spurry
  • Dandelion
  • Lamb's Quarters
  • Wild Mustards
  • Oxeye Daisy
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Red Sorrel

Herbs

  • Angelica
  • Anise
  • Caraway
  • Catnip (for bees too)
  • German Chamomile
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Chervil
  • Curry
  • Dill (for bees too)
  • Fennel
  • Lovage
  • Nasturtium
  • Parsley (when allowed to flower)
  • Rue
  • Sweet Annie
  • Spearmint
  • Sweet Cicely
  • Tansy
  • Borage (for bees too)
  • Lavender (for bees too)

*All materials referenced from “Great Garden Companions,” written by: Sally Jean Cunningham

 


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