Garlic Companion Planting: Plant Companions For Garlic

Garlic not only offers unique flavor and pest-repelling properties but also serves as a great companion for many other plants.

Companion Planting Garlic in Raised Bed Garden
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Garlic is one of the best companion crops out there. A natural pest and fungus deterrent with few incompatible neighbors, garlic is a good crop to plant scattered throughout your garden. Keep reading for information about the benefits of garlic and the key to successful garlic companion planting.

Garlic Companion Planting

Companion planting is a great low maintenance, low impact way to improve the health and flavor of your garden. Mainly because of the tendency of some plants to repel certain pests, there are pairings you can make when you plan your garden that just work. 

Garlic, in particular, is something of a wonder plant that improves the quality and health of almost anything it’s planted next to. Garlic takes up very little space and can grow in most conditions, as long as it has full sun. As a result, it will thrive near plenty of other plants that may have more specific growing needs and can benefit from its proximity. 

Garlic is definitely one of the more pungent plants you can grow. Maybe it’s because of this that makes it’s so good at driving away pests. It’s a great deterrent to all kinds of pests including:

Garlic can even drive away rabbits and deer. If your garden suffers from any of these creatures, try planting garlic next season. It grows best if planted late in the fall, however, so be careful not to miss its planting season. Garlic also naturally builds up sulfur, which is an effective fungicide for neighboring plants.

Plants That Grow Well With Garlic

Because of its many benefits, the list of plants that grow well with garlic is long. Companion plants for garlic include:

Flower plant companions for garlic include:

Companion plants for garlic that improve garlic’s overall growth include:

Though few, there are some plants that actually suffer when planted near garlic. Be sure to keep asparaguspeas, beans, sage, and parsley far away from it, as their growth can be stunted. 

Companion planting is a great way to effectively grow plants without the use of any harsh chemicals. Plant companions for garlic and the like will help ensure a bountiful season. Simply intersperse your garlic throughout the garden to maximize its many benefits.

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Liz Baessler
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The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.