Best Plants for a Healthy, Organic Garden

Pair these flowers and herbs with your favorite garden growers to improve soil, increase propagation, and keep harmful insects at bay—all without the help of chemicals

Beautiful Bedfellows

Before you turn to harsh chemicals to solve your garden woes, consider planting these flowers and herbs. They make great bedfellows to improve your soil, increase propagation, and keep harmful insects at bay. Here are our top 8 clever companions for your garden.

Garlic

Plant with: Roses, raspberries, cucumbers, peas, lettuce, and celery.

Get these benefits: The most popular allium for keeping aphids off roses, garlic repels Japanese beetles and spider mites, too.

Sweet Alyssum

Plant with: Potatoes, broccoli, beans, corn, and eggplant.

Get these benefits: This sweet-smelling ground cover attracts predatory wasps and hoverflies, which devour aphids.

Borage

Plant with: Strawberries, cucumbers, squash, and tomatoes.

Get these benefits: Ward off tomato worms. This annual also adds trace minerals to soil, helping boost disease resistance in nearby plants.

Mint

Plant with: Tomatoes and cabbage.

Get these benefits: This quick-growing herb deters ants, fleas, aphids, cabbage moths, even rodents—plus it attracts earthworms, which help condition soil.

Alfalfa

Plant with: Lettuce, beans, and other legumes.

Get these benefits: Add important minerals, such as nitrogen, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium, deep into your soil with this hardy perennial.

Scented Marigold

Plant with: Everything!

Get these benefits: In dense clusters, this flower emits a substance that drives away harmful root-feeding nematodes. Near tomatoes, it can deter whiteflies.

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