7 Garlic Companion Plants

Garlic plants grow best when grown near other beneficial plants. Which companion plants should you consider?

A great way to enhance the health and taste of the edible plants in your garden is through companion planting. This entails arranging your garden so that they promote one another’s growth and health.

Garlic is a natural pest and fungal deterrent and makes a good companion plant for almost all plants except asparagus, peas, beans, sage, and parsley; garlic plants can impede their growth. 

In this article, we’ll look at other plants that benefit from growing near garlic. 

1. Rue

Rue is a plant often seen growing in herb gardens. It has dense, bushy, bluish-green frond-like leaves.

This herb grows well in many different soil types, although it thrives in dry, well-drained soil and full sun. 

Onion flies pose a significant risk when growing garlic; they can lay eggs at the base of the plant, which can result in a maggot infestation that destroys the bulbs. 

Rue plants emit a strong odor that acts as a natural deterrent to onion flies. 

beautiful rue flowers in the garden

2. Roses

Garlic and roses are rarely grown together. However, rose bushes are fantastic companions to garlic when it comes to natural pest control. 

Garlic repels rosebush pests like snails, ants, and spider mites. It even acts as a deterrent to ordinary fungi that can infect rosebushes.

beautiful bright pink roses

3. Marigolds

Marigolds also act as natural pest repellents for garlic plants. They also are excellent at attracting pollinators to the garden. 

Not only are marigolds helpful, but they are also perfect for adding color and filling up space in gardens. They don’t grow more than a foot tall and are compact and bushy.

beautiful yellow marigold under the sun

4. Chamomile

This plant has long, white flowers that attract pollinators like bees. Its flowers also release a pleasant, sweet aroma. 

When planted near garlic, chamomile enhances the taste of garlic while reducing the garlicky odor in the air. 

chamomile daisies blooming in the garden

5. Tomatoes

Tomatoes make good companion plants because garlic repels spider mites that feed on and destroy the fruit and vine. 

Unfortunately, tomato plants can cast too much shade on garlic plants and negatively impact the plant’s growth. You can overcome this potential issue by leaving enough distance between the plants or by planting garlic plants out of the tomato’s shade path.

6. Yarrow

Yarrow is a blooming plant that is often grown for its powerful therapeutic benefits. It also attracts pollinators wherever it’s planted.

Common yarrow can thrive even in low-quality soil and is resistant to drought conditions. They grow best when grown in a location that gets full sun, much like garlic plants. It also promotes the development of your garlic plants.

common yarrow flowers in the field

7. Summer Savory

Summer savory is an annual herb that also supports garlic plant growth when planted as a companion. 

You can find it with the other herbs at your neighborhood garden shop or nursery. There are also hardier versions of this herb that grow as perennials.

Carley Miller
Carley Miller is a horticultural expert at Bustling Nest. She previously owned a landscaping business for 25 years and worked at a local garden center for 10 years.
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