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Pairing Herbs with Plants

Whether you are growing herbs in your back garden or your greenhouse, you can benefit from pairing herbs with plants. Many plants can be used to help one another, from tall plants sheltering small ones from excessive sunlight, to vine plants preventing weeds from growing and leeching nutrients from the soil.

There are some crops that can help keep pests at bay when planted together. They can also prevent harmful organisms from affecting one another. You can carefully plan your landscaping layout or greenhouse crops to ensure that all plants work as one.

Pairing Herbs with Plants: Basil

Basil is a wonderful herb to plant near other herbs. It is great for improving their flavour and health. This herb can repel mosquitoes, asparagus beetles, aphids, tomato hornworm and black flies. However, make sure you avoid planting basil next to rue or sage, as they do not work well together.

Chives

Chives are great for keeping aphids at bay, a common garden pest that is known for taking over the garden. It can also repel carrot flies and whiteflies. This is as they are so easy to grow and maintain. Chives should ideally be planted next to tomatoes, dill and carrots. However, be sure to keep them away from peas and beans.

Coriander

As a good partner plant for spinach, peas and beans, coriander keeps away spider mites, aphids and potato beetles. Coriander can attract a range of beneficial insects that can fight pests that may destroy your crops. This herb can be reseeded at this time year to help control pests. Make sure you keep coriander planted away from fennel.

Dill

Sweetcorn, lettuce and cucumbers will benefit from being planted next to dill. It has also been said that the herb can improve both the growth and health of cabbages. Dill is great for keeping away both aphids and spider mites. However, be sure to keep it planted away from tomatoes.

Marjoram

Marjoram has very little in terms of bad companions. The herb is believed to improve the flavour of other vegetables when planted next to them. It is also thought that this herb can stimulate growth in surrounding plants, as well as attracting bees and pollinators. Some of the best plants to go with marjoram would be peas, potatoes and celery.

Mint

Mint is wonderful for attracting bees, while at the same time keeping away mosquitos, ants and aphids. You will find that mint is extremely likely to cause issues in your garden. It is an invasive plant that spreads very quickly by spreading its roots wide into the soil. This herb is best kept in herb pots where it can safely attract predatory wasps and hoverflies.

Oregano

As a rather low maintenance plat for the garden, oregano can truly thrive once planted near other herbs. Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower survive well next to oregano. When they are together, oregano can work as a pest preventer for insects such as the cabbage moth.

Parsley

Onions, carrots, tomatoes and asparagus are fantastic choices to pair with parsley. Its leaves are perfect for repelling asparagus beetles. When parsley blooms, it can attract wasps and hoverflies. These are beneficial insects for your garden. Just make sure to keep parsley away from mint.

Rosemary

Thyme and sage are to herbs that would work well when planted next to rosemary, as the latter can resist well to poor soil conditions. Rosemary can repel bean beetles and cabbage moths. This means it’s great for beans, sage and cabbage. Be sure to keep rosemary and basil as far from each other as possible. Basil can kill rosemary.

Sage

Sage is a great option for any vegetable garden. It repels the carrot rust fly and the cabbage moth. It should ideally be planted next to broccoli, carrots and cauliflower. With tomatoes, sage can deepen the flavour of the plant, while keeping away hornworms. However, don’t plant sage next to cucumber. Cucumber is extremely sensitive to aromatic herbs.

Thyme

Thyme is good for keeping away cabbage worms and whiteflies. It is a fab companion plant for rosemary, broccoli and cauliflower. It can also improve vegetable growth for the likes of potatoes, tomatoes and aubergines.

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Now you know the best plants and herbs to pair up, it’s time to get to work! Get in touch with Ladybrook Nursery today to see what we offer from our 13-acre plant nursery. You can also take a look at our stock list before getting in touch.

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