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Create A Better Garden By Using Companion Plants

Updated on October 5, 2013

The idea behind growing certain plants alongside each other has gained in popularity over the past few decades.

The term used for this incredible gardening method is known as Companion Planting.

The purported benefits of these relationships between the pairing of one specific plant to another is that in doing so, the gardener will experience a notable betterment of whatever it is that they are cultivating.

Beautiful lilac colored Petunia with darker purple veining.
Beautiful lilac colored Petunia with darker purple veining. | Source

There Are Special Relationships Between Certain Plants

Many gardeners claim to realize a significant enhancement to the plant's growth, health, performance and flavor.

Specific flower, vegetable and herb juxtapositions can effectively inhibit certain pests from invading the garden and doing their damage.

These rather unique plant relationships are capable of assisting the gardener, like a silent helper, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week!

My Grandmother always planted Marigolds at each of the four corners of her vegetable bed, and was certain that their pungent odor helped repel ‘Those pesky varmints!’

She was certain that these Marigolds created some sort of ‘force field’ against the marauding band of bunnies.

I just remember them making a beautiful, but super stinky bouquet!

I have decided to focus the list below to include the more prevalent types of vegetables, herbs and flowers that are popular with today’s home gardener.

Try a few of these combinations for yourself, and see if you perceive any improvements from this year compared to last year’s success.

For The Vegetable Gardener

Common Name
Benefits What
Broccoli, Carrots, Cabbage, Fruitt Tees, Kohlrabi, Peppers, Potatoes and Tomatoes
Aphids, Cabbage Worms, Carrot Fly, and Slugs
Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Cucumbers, Dill, Lettuce, Radish, Rosemary, Spinach, Strawberry and Summer Savory
California Beetles
Broccoli, Cabbage and Tomatoes
Aphids, Carrot Fly, and many other pests
Marjoram and more Peppers
Basil, Borage, Carrots, Celery, Geranium, Nasturtium, Oregano, Onion, Parsley, Petunias, any type of Onion or Chives
Asparagus Beetle

Instructional Video About Companion Plants For Your Vegetable Garden

Companion Gardening Resources For Flower Gardens

Lovely cherry pink Geranium at the start of spring.
Lovely cherry pink Geranium at the start of spring. | Source

For The Flower Gardener

Common Name
Benefits What
Corn, Grapes, Peppers, Roses, and Tomatoes
Japabese Beetles and Leaf Hoppers
Broccoli, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Gourds, Kale, Peppers, Squash and Tomatoes
Beet Leaf Hoppers, Nematodes, and other pests
Asparagus, Cucumbers, Pumpkins and Squash
Leaf Hoppers, Japanese Beetles, Aphids, Asparagus Beetle
Corn and Tomatoes

For The Herb Gardener

Common Name
Benefits What
Asparagus, Oregano, Petunia, Peppers and Tomatoes
Asparagus Beetles, Flies, Mosquitoes, and Thrips
Apples, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Tomatoes, and many other
Aphids, Cabbage Worms and Carrot Fly
Cabbages, Corn, Cucumbers, Lettuce and Onions
Aphids, Cabbage Looper, Spider Mites and Squash Bugs
Apple Trees, Cucumber, Celery, Lettuce, Pear Trees and Rose
Ants, Aphids, Cabbage Looper, Cabbage Maggot, and Rabbits
Broccoli, Cabbage, Kholrabi, Broccoli, and the other Kales
Bean Beetle


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    • NotTooTall profile image

      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi sgbrown,

      I'm happy that you have enjoyed the Hub. I thank you for your comments ~ I appreciate it very much.

      I don't like to use chemicals in the vegetable garden. Using some of these paired combinations fit right in with my philosophy!

      N T T

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi collegatariat,

      I appreciate your comments. Thank you very much!

      Do try again, Spring is here, so off to a brand new start.

      N T T

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Marcy Goodfleisch,

      It seems that gardeners are willing to try natural ways to thwart pests in the garden. So nice to think that these are edible methods!

      Thank you for stopping by, and leaving your comments. It is appreciated!

      N T T

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Movie Master,

      Thank you for coming by, and leaving your comments ~ I appreciate it.

      Since Veggies and Herbs pair so well in food dishes, it seems correct to have them sharing the garden as well.

      The bonus is when the perennial Herbs return in the plot! Saves the gardener some labor and money too.

      N T T

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What great ideas! I have heard of companion planing before, but your hub has explained it very well. The list is awesome. I am definately going to try some of these ideas. Thanks for sharing your helpful information. Voting up, useful and sharing on my blog. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      collegatariat 5 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I tried this last year, and still killed everything, but maybe it will be worth trying again. Great Hub.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      What a clever way to manage issues in the garden! I like what you're doing here - thank you for sharing these ideas!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi NTT, I have always planted marigolds in my veggie plot and they seem to work! but that was the limit of my companion planting knowledge!

      Thank you for a useful and informative hub, voting up and sharing.

      Best wishes lesley

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      NotTooTall 5 years ago from The Land of Pleasant Living

      Hi Dolores Monet,

      Thank you for leaving your comments. I appreciate it very much!

      I plant Basil and Chive right by my Tomato plants in the garden. A Tomato, Basil, Chive and Mayo sandwich is a summer staple at my house. Yummy!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Companion planting sure beats using pesticides. Thanks for the great suggestions on plants to use for insect repellants. I read in one hub that rosemary repels cats. Think I'll go in for some marigolds - they are so easy to grow, so cheerful and the fact that they are helper plants is just great!