Controlling aphids with ladybirds & other beneficial insects would have to be the easiest & safest way to keep them under control in the patch. 
Sometimes I think it's a good idea to leave some aphids alone on a sacrificial plant so it can be used as a breeding colony/nursery for the little helpers. You will find they will start to migrate to other plants through the patch after a while to help keep aphid & other small insect populations down. 

Have also included a look at the yellow mildew eating ladybird as well as the plant eating 28 spot ladybird & it's larvae. The 28 spot are the only pest species of ladybird that I know of that we get in SE Queensland. 

Hope that helps you identify the different ladybirds you may get in your patch.

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