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Herbal Ideas for Deck and Patio


SageHerbs are versatile plants that have many uses far beyond their ornamental value of adding textures and varying shades of green to the bright colors of summer annual flowers. You can grow herbs on your deck or patio in pots or plant them in beds at the edge of the patio. They'll be right where you need them for fresh herbs when cooking and can even repel mosquitoes. Here are some more great ideas for using herbs around the patio or deck:

Plant pennyroyal around the perimeter of the patio or in containers on the deck to help deter mosquitoes and fleas. Crush a few of the leaves in your hand and rub them on your skin (avoiding the face) to act as a natural mosquito repellent.

Other herbs that work to repel mosquitoes when the leaves are crushed and rubbed on the skin are the lemon-scented herbs like lemon mint, lemon thyme, lemon grass and lemon verbena.

ThymePlant lavender under the outlet vent from your clothes dryer. The warm air from the dryer vent will spread the scent of lavender all through your patio or deck area for a relaxing aromatherapy treat.

Hang a bunch of Tansy near the patio door to discourage flies and ants from entering the house. It helps to repel them.

Plant the variety of scented geranium called pelargonium citrosum 'Vanieeni' also known as mosquito plant in containers on the deck or patio to repel mosquitoes from the area. Scented geraniums are very tender perennials. Bring the plant inside as a house plant during the months when there is danger of frost.

BasilThymes, mints, parsley, basil, sage, marjoram and oregano lend themselves especially well to growing in containers. Pot up some of these plants near the kitchen door for convenient fresh herbs within easy reach when you are cooking.

Use the fresh basil to make pesto sauce for pasta. Add oregano and parsley to tomato based sauces for Mediterranean flavor, or drop a few mint leaves into a glass of iced tea.

 


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