I’m a gardening expert – what to plant to keep an annoying pest away, you don’t even need chemicals | The Sun

PLANTS are multipurpose organisms, capable of doing more than keeping your garden looking dazzling.

In fact, according to Home & Gardens, there is some greenery that is equipped to ward off troublesome snakes.


French and American marigolds give off a strong, spicy scent and are red, orange, and yellow in color, which keeps snakes at bay.

"These bright, lovely flowers look innocent, but marigolds’ roots grow deeply and aggressively," said the folks down at Mo Plants.

"These sturdy roots are the snake repellents. They emit a strong odor that repels snakes, gophers, and moles. They can also reach wherever a snake might be burrowing and hiding in, so the smell will reach deep into the soil."


Onions are great at keeping snakes away, with their high sulfonic content and strong smell.

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They also make beautiful flowers, featuring lavender and dark purple pom-pom blooms that will add amazing color to any garden.


Lemongrass has a citrus scent that has been known to keep snakes away.

It is best known to grow in warmer climates such as Sri Lanka and southern India.


This plant is also known as sansevieria or snake plant. Its sharp-looking leaves will ward snakes off.

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It's not clear if it's because they find the appearance of the plants to be threatening, or because of the sharp leaf edges.

Either way, these plants thrive outdoors in warm climates.


Also known as artemisia, snakes aren't fans of its astringent smell. It's easy to grow in a sunny spot as well, and parts of the plant have been used to create the liquor Absinthe.

It's more known for treating different digestive issues though.


As a member of the onion family, this plant's strong smell will also keep snakes away.

Don't place pink agapanthus in soil that is overly saturated with water, as this will cause the bulbs to rot.


Similar to onions and alliums, garlic has high amounts of sulfonic acid which gives off a strong smell that snakes are not a fan of.


Also known as the devil pepper, this plant has bitter leaves and roots that make snakes not want to come near.

While it is extremely toxic to snakes, it's also harmful to animals, especially horses and goats.


This plant features bright yellow butter-cup-like flowers. It's great for getting rid of snakes.

The flowers are also attractive to butterflies.


With a strong smell that snakes get put off by, basil is the perfect herb to chase away the pesky creatures.

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Basil requires constant heat to grow and shouldn't sit in wet compost, as this will cause it to rot.

The soft leaves also get burnt easily, so be sure to keep your plant out of direct sunlight.

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