This list of plants and herbs are some that offer more than just produce or aesthetic appeal. They offer a natural deterrent to pests, add nutrients to the soil, and can actually improve the quality of the taste of some produce they are planted next to.
Basil grow near tomatoes to improve flavor, deter mosquitos and flies
Borage grow near tomatoes, strawberries, and squash. It attracts bees, deters tomato worms.
Caraway loosens soil
Garlic deters Japanese beetles. Grow garlic near roses and raspberries.
Lamb’s quarter edible weed
Marigold excellent for deterring pests, keeps soil clean of nematodes
Mint protects cabbage family, tomatoes; good for keeping away cabbage moth
Pea plant near squash; adds nitrogen to the soil
Rosemary plant near carrots, beans, cabbage; deters cabbage moth
Tansy plant under fruit trees; deters pests of roses and raspberries, flies, Japanese beetles
Wormwood good for borders, deters animals and rodents