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Pic: Gardens need sacrificial plants (Photo by RA Kearton/Moment RF/Getty Images)

Green-fingered Brits are encouraged to use sacrificial plants to save their favorite plants from pesky insects.

The experts at have given advice to gardeners so they can avoid the disappointment of insect invasions.

According to experts, the best way to do this is to grow other plants that will attract these harmful pests away from the plants and crops that need to be protected.

This method encourages gardeners to plant chervil, sunflowers and nasturtiums as natural deterrents without adding toxins to the garden.

Nettles and nasturtiums

Nettles are good for gardens (Photo by jaccorr27032012/Getty Images)

Nettles and nasturtiums are very easy to grow and very effective in attracting aphids and sap-sucking insects. The nutrient-rich liquids in plants act as a distraction for harmful pests and keep them away from precious crops and flowers.

Nasturtiums will need to be pruned and maintained over time as they are a spreading plant that drops seeds all over the area where they grow.


Any gardener frustrated with the number of slugs in their garden can turn to chervil for help. The grass attracts slugs and prevents them from leaving holes in the flowers.


Sunflowers attract bedbugs (Photo by yurchyks/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Sunflowers are best at attracting plant bugs, which are known to attack crops like sweet corn and okra. Planting sunflowers at least 70 days before vegetables should keep them nice and pest free.

Once the sunflowers are fully ripe, they will do their best to deter insects no matter how far they are from the crops.


Flying insects and nematodes gnaw the roots of crops like cucumbers, beans and tomatoes. Marigolds are a great deterrent to these pesky insects and should be planted before vegetables.


Lavender deters insects (Photo by John Gollop/iStockphoto/Getty Images)

Although loved by many, the strong smell of lavender is known to repel many insects from crops and flowers. The strong smell will repel stinging insects and instead attract nectar-feeding bees and butterflies to the garden.

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