Above is a link to an article from Garden Design Magazine on mosquito repelling plants that I thought would be of particular interest to readers this time of year. To build on the plant species recommendations noted in the article, I have the following suggestions:
Of the plants discussed in this article, only Catmint and Lavender are perennial in the Midwest region (they go dormant in the fall and regrow every spring). Of these two, I would recommend Catmint more due to its drought tolerance and ability to “thrive on neglect.” Lavender requires more attention to get established because it can be finicky about soil and moisture conditions, factors that the “weekend warrior” homeowner may not have the time or expertise to mitigate.
Citronella Grass, Rosemary, Basil, and Scented Geraniums are annuals in the Midwest region (you’ll have to replant them every year) since they usually won’t survive our cold winters unless potted and brought indoors. However, they are excellent candidates for container gardens and planter pots where they can be employed as versatile, mobile mosquito control – just move the pots around your porch, deck, or patio as needed.