Let me show you how to make a bug repellent outdoor centrepiece for your patio table.
I couldn’t wait to make an outdoor centrepiece for my patio table but didn’t want one that would attract bees. I’m allergic to bees and my kids freak out when bugs come around when we’re eating. I do love the lavender I have in my tall planters but don’t want the lavender (which attracts bees) on our outdoor table. We don’t get a lot of bugs like mosquitos where we live but I thought it would be good to be pro-active in case we had them this summer. A bug repellent outdoor centrepiece is the perfect idea for a summer table setting!
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- metal container (I already had on hand) or planter pot
- rocks (or styrofoam packing peanuts) if container doesn’t have drainage
- bug repellent plants: I used petunias and lemongrass (marigolds, basil, chrysanthemums, chives, mint, rosemary are others that repel bugs such as mosquitos)
- grassy plant – sedge (I added this in the corner corner for height)
- container soil
- gardening gloves
1. Find a container or planter for your plants and determine how many plants you’ll need. The lemongrass I found at my local nursery were a bit sparse so I picked up another grass to complement the arrangement.
2. Fill the bottom of your container with rocks or styrofoam packing peanuts (like in this popular post of mine) to help drain the water away from the plants’ roots.
3. Because of the oblong shape of the container, I made a diagonal pattern with the grass in one corner and the opposite corner the lemongrass. Add soil then carefully remove the plant from the plastic container. Wriggle the ends of the roots a bit. Using a spade or just your hand, make a hole and push the plant in. Tuck it down so it doesn’t easily pull up and add a bit more soil around it.
4. I filled in the middle with petunias in a diagonal row. Give it a watering before adding it to your table top.
I love the way it turned out! I’ve since added feet to the container which elevates it off the table.
I kept the rest of the table simple with my favorite enamelware plates and acrylic wine glasses.
I hope you feel inspired to make your own bug repellent outdoor centrepiece this summer.
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