Insect-Resistant Flowering Plants: 15 Low Maintenance Options for Your Garden


If you love flowers but don’t want to deal with insects and pests?

Here are fifteen different types of plants to consider:

  • Marigolds: Marigolds are easy to grow, and their bright yellow and orange flowers can bloom all summer long. Marigolds prefer full sun and well-drained soil. You’ll be glad to have this plant that repels mosquitoes. 
  • Zinnias: Zinnias come in a variety of colors and are very low maintenance. They also attract butterflies rather than insects. making them perfect for brightening up your garden.

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  • Geraniums: These flowers are easy to care for and can be grown in pots or on the ground. They come in many colors, including red, pink, and white. A traditional option for a low-maintenance flowering plant that doesn’t draw insects is geraniums. The smell of the plants repels wasps. Geraniums should be watered when the soil begins to dry out because they look particularly lovely in hanging baskets.
  • Verbena: This plant has clusters of small flowers that come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, and white. It is low maintenance and can be grown in pots or the ground.
  • Salvia: Salvia flowers come in shades of blue, pink, purple, and red. They require very little maintenance and are known to attract bees and butterflies. This plant has tall spikes of flowers that attract hummingbirds but not insects.
  • Coreopsis: Coreopsis is easy to grow, comes in many colors, and requires very little care. This plant has small, daisy-like flowers that come in a variety of colors, including yellow, pink, and red. They are low maintenance and attract butterflies.
  • Dianthus: Dianthus flowers come in many shades of pink, white, and red. They bloom in late spring to early summer and require minimal care. They can be grown in pots or on the ground.
  • Lavender: Lavender is a fragrant flowering plant that requires very little care. While oil extracted from the flowers makes an effective mosquito repellent, the plant itself can also ward off unwelcome insects. As you’re arranging lavender plants around your outdoor seating areas, don’t forget to position one close to a doorway: Lavender repels flies and may keep houseflies from taking up residence at your place. 
  • Russian sage: This plant has tall spikes of lavender-blue flowers that attract butterflies. It is low-maintenance and drought-tolerant.
  • Coneflowers: Coneflowers are a hardy, low-maintenance plant that blooms in summer and fall. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, and white. and are also drought-tolerant. 
  • Black-eyed Susans: Black-eyed Susans are bright and cheerful flower that blooms from late summer to fall. They require very little care and are also drought-tolerant. 
  • Daylilies: Daylilies come in many colors and require very little care. They are also deer-resistant. They are also resistant to pests and diseases. 

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  • Petunias: Not only are they pretty, with a sweet fragrance, but petunias also naturally catch a variety of insects. Yes, we said, “Catch.” Cheerful plants have sticky hairs that trap insects, and the roots ultimately absorb the nutrients from the bodies of their prey. These are a popular choice for hanging baskets, but they can also be planted in the ground 
  • Nasturtiums: Nasturtiums have a reputation as very desirable companion plants. The flowers release an airborne chemical that is distasteful to a variety of insects, including aphids and whiteflies. 
  • Chrysanthemum: Bright chrysanthemum blooms contain pyrethrum, which is frequently used in natural insect repellents and dog shampoo. The chemical can kill and deter ants, ticks, fleas, spider mites, roaches, Japanese beetles, and even bed bugs.                               

In summary, many low-maintenance flowering plants don’t attract insects. From marigolds and zinnias to lavender and Russian sage, these plants offer a variety of colors and styles to enhance your garden without requiring too much effort or attention.

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Shreya Ladwa
Shreya Shreya is passionate and driven Class 12 student who is dedicated to learning about and preserving the natural world around her. Shreya has always had a love for plants and animals and has spent countless hours reading books and watching documentaries about their unique characteristics and behaviours. In addition to her love of biology, Shreya is also deeply interested in the environment and the impact humans have on the planet. She spends her free time volunteering with local environmental organizations, participating in social events , and advocating for sustainable living practices. Shreya's academic pursuits reflect her passion for the natural world. She excels in science courses and has taken advanced classes in biology, chemistry, and environmental science. She plans to pursue a degree in environmental science in college and hopes to one day work in the field of conservation biology. Despite her busy schedule, Shreya always finds time to explore the outdoors and observe the plants and animals in her local community. She believes that every person has a responsibility to protect and care for the environment, and she is committed to making a positive impact in the world