Some plants grown in our gardens are not always as innocent as they seem. Plants and flowers with airborne pollen spread pollen grains into the air that can irritate our eyes, nose and sinus, leading to sneezing, itchy eyes, seasonal asthma, and even extreme fatigue in those who are more sensitive.
Unfortunately, many trees and shrubs planted in parks, schools and along our streets pollinate themselves with airborne pollen, producing massive amounts of pollen in certain months of the year that are carried by the wind to nearby areas. This can be bad news for allergy sufferers in general.
To make your garden more allergy-friendly, an effective step you can take is to choose insect or bird pollinated plants rather than ones that are pollinated through the wind. Bird or insect pollinated plants produce much smaller amounts of pollen in comparison, and there are many types of trees and flowers that fall into this category.
There are some key factors that contribute to the allergy-friendliness of certain plants, making them less likely to trigger allergic reactions. They usually have lower pollen production, and do not contain compounds that irritate the skin or respiratory system. For flowers, those with stronger scents are more likely to trigger allergies.
It is also important to consider the local climate and soil conditions in your garden when planning an allergy-friendly garden. Choose plants that are suited to grow in your region’s climate, and take proper care to ensure they are free of pests and diseases by planting them in garden beds with covers. In this article, we have selected some of the top picks for you to build an allergen-free garden with ease.
Available in a wide range of colors, Geraniums are annuals that are easy to grow, and also naturally low in pollen production. They are also non-fragrant, which is another plus for gardeners with allergies.
Magnolias are trees that are known for their large flowers that bloom in spring. They are also low in pollen counts, and a good addition for an allergen-friendly garden.
Hostas are popular and attractive foliage plants that come with a variety of leaf shapes and colors. They do not have flowers and are considered to be non-allergenic in general.
Sunflowers belong in the category of flowers that are friendlier to people with allergies. They produce less sticky pollen that is usually not airborne.
Azaleas are colorful shrubs especially known for their attractive flowers. They are a plant species with naturally low pollen production, and a safe choice for allergy-prone people.
Fuchsias are another plant species well known for their attractive blooms. They are also considered to be non-allergenic as well, making them a suitable choice for allergy sufferers.
These are colorful annuals with beautiful flowers. Zinnias are generally low-pollen plants that are well-tolerated by most people.
Non-fragrant and low in pollen, Irises are perennial plants that come in various striking colors. Plant them with roses and peonies for an attractive flower garden.