10 Strawberry Companion Plants To Grow With Strawberries

Companion planting helps plants work together to create natural-looking gardens. This is a fun and safe approach to improve organic strawberry growth. You may be wondering which plants go well with strawberries and which to avoid. This comprehensive guide covers our favorite selections.  

1. Sweet Alyssum

Most garden plants benefit from sweet alyssum. It encourages pollinators and repels pests, perfect for strawberries.In organic Florida strawberry fields, green lacewings (Chrysoperla spp.) eat most pests. Lovely, ravenous pest-eaters like white alyssum blooms.   

2. Yarrow

Green lacewings, ladybugs, hoverflies, and predatory wasps love yarrow. Yarrow blossom nectar will attract these beneficial predators to the strawberry patch, where they will hopefully deposit their eggs and start eating on thrips and aphids.  

3. French Marigold

French marigolds (Tagetes spp.) are typical strawberry companions. Dia De Los Muertos marigolds are brightly colorful. When planted with strawberries, they shine. Beauty isn't the only perk!  

4. Borage

Old gardeners claim borage sweetens strawberries. Borage is a stunning deep-blue blossom that attracts pollinators and helpful insects and protects strawberries from illness Borage attracts parasitic wasps and protects strawberries from worms.

5. Phacelia

Commercial organic farms are using phacelia, one of the most beautiful and distinctive garden flowers, as a cover crop and border plant. Its gracefully coiled fern-like foliage, delicate leaves, and mysterious violet blooms are beautiful and helpful to strawberries.  

6. White Clover

Legumes like clover use soil microbes to boost plant nitrogen availability. A living mulch or ground cover, white clover competes with weeds. White clover's attractive flowers attract pollinators and predators, improving strawberry yields and pest resistance.  

7. Lupine

Deep roots of lupines loosen soil for strawberries and extract minerals. Their leguminous nature makes nitrogen available to strawberries, perhaps enhancing their vigor and growth without fertilizing (of course, too much nitrogen fertilizer can affect strawberry yields).  

8. Nasturtium

Nasturtiums (Tropaeolum spp.) are edible yellow, orange, red, and cream blooms. Their whimsical lily-pad leaves and attractive Their spicy aroma adds a festive touch to summer salads and attracts helpful insects. They bloom spring through October.   

9. Creeping Thyme

Creeping thyme is needed for companion planting. One of my most successful garden experiments was growing creeping thyme as “living mulch” under strawberries. This low-key thyme vines along the soil to protect berries from weeds.  

10. Catnip

Pollinators and predatory wasps love catnip's nectar, but insect pests hate its chemical composition. It repels mosquitoes and other flying insects as well as synthetic DEET, according to some research.   

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