Companion Gardening

Listed are the plants who make good and bad growing neighbours in the garden, and these plants are also suitable for all of Australian  conditions.

 

But you must remember that with the various climatic conditions throughout Australia these companion plants may vairy - hot, cold, frost, wind etc

 

The thing is that you have nothing to lose by trying companion gardening.

 

Plant

Good Neighbours

How it works

Bad Neighbours

Apple

Nasturtium, Chives

Nasturtium climbs tree and is said to repel codling moth

Potatoes

Apricot

Basil, Tansy, Asparagus

Basil and tansy are said to repel damaging insects

 

Asparagus

Apricot, Basil, Chives, Comfrey, Lovage, Marjoram, Parsley, Tomatoes

Basil and Parsley are said to improve flavour. Onions and garlic release substances reducing growth.

Garlic, Onions

Balm (Lemon)

Tomatoes

Attracts bees, said to enhance flavour and growth

 

Basil

Tomatoes

Basil said to repel flies and mosquitoes

 

Beans (climbing)

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Corn, Lettuce, Lovage, Majoram, Parsley

 

Beetroot, Chives, Garlic, Gladiolus, Onions, Sunflower

Beetroot

Beans (bush), Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kohl Rabi, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Onion, Peas, Potato, Spinach, Silverbeet

Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Beans (Climbing), Tomato

Borage

Squash, Strawberries, Tomato

Said to deter tomato worm and improve tomato flavour and yield. Said to increase strawberry yield.

 

Brassicas (Incl: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower)

Beans, Beetroot, Carrots, Chamomile, Coriander, Cucumber, Dill, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Marigold (French), Mint, Nasturtium, Pea, Potato, Rosemary, Sage, Tansy, Thyme, Zinnias

Dill attracts a Cabbage White Butterfly controlling wasp. Nasturtium disguises and repels aphids. Sage repels the Cabbage White Butterfly. Zinnias attract ladybirds, which we love! Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Garlic, Rue, Strawberry, Tomato

Capsicum, Chilli

Carrots, Onions, Tomato

 

 

Carrots

Beans, Chives, Coriander, Cucumber, Leeks, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Onion, Pea, Radish, Rosemary, Sage, Tomato

Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Dill, Celery

Celery

Cabbage, Chives, Dill, Dwarf Beans, Leek, Lovage, Majoram, Onion, Pea, Sage, Spinach, Tomato

Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Carrots, Parsnip, Potato

Chamomile

Cabbage, Onion

Deters flies and mosquitoes. Strengthens neighbouring plants

 

Chives

Apples, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Peas

Prevents Apple Scab. Said to deter aphids

Beans

Cucumber

Basil, Bens, Borage, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Corn, Dill Kohl Rabi, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Nasturtium, Parsnip, Pea, Radish, Sunflower, Tansy

Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Potato, Sage, Strongly Aromatic Herbs

Dill

Brassicas (Incl: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower)

Dill attracts a Cabbage White Butterfly controlling wasp

 

Eggplant

Beans, Spinach

 

 

Garlic

Apricot, Cherry, Mulberry, Parsnip, Peach, Pear, Raspberry, Rosemary, Rose

Deters aphids, especially from roses and raspberry. Repels Cabbage White Butterfly

Beans, Cabbage, Peas, Strawberry

Kohl Rabi

Beetroot, Onion

 

Beans, Tomato

Leek

Carrot, Celery, Lovage, Majoram, Onion, Parsnip, Strawberry

 

Beans, Peas, Parsley

Lettuce

Achillea, Beans, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrot, Chervil, Coreopsis, Cucumber, Lovage, Marjoram, Marigold (French), Onion, Parsnip, Pea, Radish, Strawberry, Zinnia

Achillea, Coreopsis & Zinnia attract pollinators and offer shade for lettuce

Parsley

Marigolds (French)

Numerous vegetables, including tomato

Kills root knot nematodes and eel worm

 

Melon

Radish, Sweet Corn

 

 

Mint

Cabbage, Tomato

Deters pests such as Cabbage White Butterfly, ants and fleas

 

Nasturtium

Cabbages, Fruit Trees, Radishes, Zucchini

Flowers repel aphids and codling moth. Cabbage white butterfly is attracted to this plant, and will seek it out over cabbages

 

Onion

Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrot, Chamomile, Leeks, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Parsley, Parsnip, Silverbeet, Strawberry, Summer Savory, Tomato

Smell of onion said to deter numerous pestsOnions release substances reducing growth of Bad Neighbours

Asparagus, Beans, Gladioli, Peas

Parsley

Asparagus, Sweet Corn, Tomato

Said to improve flavour of asparagus and tomato

 

Peas

Beans, Beetroot, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Parsnip, Potato, Radish, Sage, Squash, Sweet Corn

Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth. Sweet Corn has traditionally been used as "living stakes" for peas

Chives, Garlic, Onion, Shallots

Potato

Beans, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Corn, Eggplant, Horseradish, Lovage, Marjoram, Marigold (French), Nasturtium, Parsnip, Peas, Sweet Alyssum, Sweet Corn, Watermelon

Sweet Alyssum and Marigolds attract beneficials and suppress weedsPotatoes release substances reducing growth of Bad Neighbours. Horseradish should be planted at the corners of the patch

Apple, Celery, Cherry, Cucumber, Pumpkin, Raspberry, Rosemary, Squash, Sunflower, Tomato

Pumpkin

Beans, Cabbage, Eggplant, Peas, Radish, Sweet Corn

Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Potato

Radish

Beans, Carrot, Chervil, Cucumber, Sweet Corn, Cucumber, Lettuce, Lovage, Marjoram, Nasturtium, Parsnip, Pea, Spinach, Sweet Corn

Radish is said to attract leaf miners from Spinach

Hyssop

Raspberry

 

 

Blackberries, Potato, Tomato

Rosemary

Beans, Cabbage, Carrot, Sage

Said to deter Cabbage white butterfly. Attracts beneficials

 

Sage

Brassicas (Incl: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower), Carrot, Rosemary

Sage repels the Cabbage White Butterfly

Cucumber

Silverbeet

Beetroot, Cherry, Lavender, Lovage, Marjoram, Onion

 

Basil, Wormwood

Spinach

Celery, Eggplant, Strawberries

 

 

Squash

Borage, Lovage, Marjoram, Nasturtium, Peas, Sunflower, Sweet Corn, Tansy

 

Potato

Strawberry

Beans, Borage, Chives, Leek, Lettuce, Marigold (French), Onion, Pyrethrum, Sage, Spinach

 

Brassicas (Incl: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower), Brussel Sprouts, Garlic

Sunflower

Apricots, Cucumbers, Squash

 

Beans, Potato

Sweet Corn

Beans, Cucumbers, Lovage, Marjoram, Melon, Parsnip, Peas, Potato, Pumpkin, Radish, Squash, Zucchini

Sweet Corn has traditionally been used as "living stakes" for peas. Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Cabbage

Tomato

Asparagus, Basil, Celery, Borage, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chives, Dill, Gooseberry, Grape, Hyssop, Lovage, Mariglod (French), Marjoram, Mint, Nasturtium, Onion, Parsley, Parsnip, Turnip

Marigolds said to repel white fly and root knot nematode. Bad Neighbours roots release substances reducing growth

Apricots, Beetroot, Cabbage, Fennel, Kohl Rabi, Potato, Rosemary, Sweet Corn

Turnip

Cucumbers, Lettuce, Nasturtium, Peas, Tomato

 

 

Watermelon

Potato

 

 

Yarrow

Most aromatic herbs

When planted along pathways, is said to enhance essential oil production and herb flavour.

 

Zucchini

Lovage, Marjoram, Nasturtium, Sweet Corn