UCF Arboretum

Companion Planting Project

 July 15, 2011 355

 Companion planting is a method of gardening in which two or more plants grown in close proximity harbor an advantageous relationship (‘companions’) to the benefit of one or more of the combined plants. Two experiments on companion plants were conducted at the UCF Arboretum’s Garden: one with sunflower and okra where sunflower is known to attract pollinators with its heightened display of color and aroma, and the second with sage and cabbage where the sages’ odor deters pests from its companion, cabbage.