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Beneficial Bugs for your gardens

For a garden filled with beautiful blooms that insects and furry foragers won’t touch, plant these four naturally pest-resistant plants:

Lemon thyme: If neighborhood cats are using your garden as their litter box, this citrus-scented herb will have them searching for another place to do their business. The ASPCA rates this annual herb as nontoxic, but cats don’t like the scent, making lemon thyme a safe way to keep Fluffy out of the garden.

Zinnias: This colorful annual is a feast for the eyes but not for deer. Zinnias have prickly centers that Rabbits will avoid.

The easy-to-grow annuals are native to Mexico and come in a range of colors from red and pink to yellow and white. They grow best in full sun and well-drained soil and bloom all summer long.

Marigolds: The flowers of these bright orange and yellow annuals are edible – and make a delicious addition to salads – but rabbits don’t like the bitter flavor and will leave marigolds alone. Marigolds also repel mosquitoes and aphids, making this triple threat a great choice for the garden.

Marigolds thrive in full sun but will also tolerate partial shade. The summer-blooming annuals can be grown in garden beds or pots and will tolerate poor (but moist) soil.

Columbine: The star-shaped flowers of this colorful perennial make it a pretty addition to the garden. Native to wildflower meadows, columbine attracts bees, birds, and butterflies but is resistant to rabbits.

Columbine thrives in partial sun and will tolerate shade; the plants grow best in moist, well-drained soil and can reach up to eight feet in height. The flowers bloom in a range of colors from red and yellow to blue and pink.

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