Two very common plants in our gardens are basil and chives. Let’s look at both of these plants as companion plants, and see what plants to use near them and what plants to keep far away as well.
Companion Plants for Basil
Chamomile: When planted as a companion it promotes good, healthy growth in basil plants.
Tomatoes: Many of the gardeners that I’ve spoken to say that when tomato plants and basil are planted near one another, the flavor of each is enhanced for the better. See Companion Gardening With Tomatoes: What to Plant for more on companion planting for tomatoes.
What Not to Grow Near Basil
Rue: I have yet to find a reason but I was cautioned by not one, but two local gardeners not to grow basil and rue together.
Anise: One report says basil and anise should not be grown together but gives no reason. I cannot find any more information on it and am hoping some of you readers have experience with planting it near basil.
Basil Repels Bugs
While basil’s flowers attract beneficial butterflies to the basil plant, the plant actually repels many harmful pests such as aphids, asparagus beetles, milkweed insects, mosquitoes, tomato horn worms and white flies.
Plants that Benefit from Being Near Basil
These plants definitely do benefit, whether the basil does or not, from being planted near basil: Asparagus, beets, cabbage, eggplant, oregano, oregano, peppers, potatoes, pole beans and tomatoes.
Basil is a lovely plant to grow and a tasty herb to use whether it is fresh or dried.