With hay fever on the rise this season, we wanted to touch upon a gardening topic that could be useful when you’re deciding what kinds of plants you’d like to include in your garden’s design. If you tend to suffer from allergies, low-allergy plants could be a great option for you. These varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees produce less pollen since bees and pollinating insects take care of the pollen rather than the wind. Here are some tips on what kind of plants you should consider if you’re looking for low-allergy options!
A general rule of thumb is to plant female trees rather than male trees. Female trees have the tendency to drop berries or seeds but they do not produce pollen. They grow to be beautiful and sturdy trees that won’t trigger your allergy symptoms!
There are countless climbing plant varieties available depending on the look you want to achieve in your garden design. The black-eyed Susan vine is a great option if you’re looking for a low-allergy climbing plant/ vine for a fence. Other low-allergy and asthma friendly varieties include: Banksia rose, climbing rose, glossy abelia and rosemary.
Low-pollen producing grasses include that of the Santa Ana and Windsor Green variety. The upside is they are very tolerant by allergy sufferers. The down side is they are very hard to remove once they’ve been planted as they are an invasive species.
Shrubs and Herbs
Shrubs are great to plant along walkways and paths in the garden. Some allergy-friendly shrubs include Coleus, Plaintain Lily (Hosta), Chinese Lantern, Hens and Chicks, varieties of sage and big leaf hydrangeas.
There are hundreds of choices when it comes to choosing flowering plants. Some of the top varieties include sweet pea, periwinkle, foxglove, impatiens, forget-me-nots, cupflowers, petunias and pansies.
Finally, it’s important to note that aside from pollen, mulch that contain mold spores, venom from stinging insects, fertilizers, chemical sprays and other skin irritants associated with gardening can cause allergic reactions as well. Be sure to check the ingredients in relation to your allergies by contacting your allergist. It’s also important while doing any garden maintenance, to wear gloves to avoid contact-allergies.