It’s hard being a gardener when you have allergies, seems like every single plant will be a trigger to the symptoms, right? However, there are several plants that will actually be beautiful in your garden and won’t make you stay locked in for the rest of your life. So, get your gardening gear ready and check out what they are!
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Start by avoiding these plants
Before we go any further and talk about the best plants to avoid allergies, here are some of the worst plants that you should avoid at any cost:
- Love-lies bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus)
- Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
- Chamomile (matricaria recutita)
- Daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum)
- Jarmine (Jasminum spp.)
- Juniper (Juniperus spp.)
- Ragweed (Ambrosia spp.)
- Sunflower (Helianthis annuus)
- Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda, W. chinesis)
Most of these plants will bother people who suffer from allergies because of the pollen, but some of them can also be triggers to skin reactions (like the Castor Bean and Chamomile) or irritants for major fever too (like daisies and ragweed). Remember to be extra careful around these!
More than that,
There are a few types of trees and grasses that will also cause allergies and you should avoid them, for example: cedar, cottonwood, red and silver maples, oak, and walnut for trees. Plus: bermuda, orchard, salt grass and sweet vernal for grasses.
These are the best picks for you
Now, to the thing that matters the most (and probably why you came here for), these are the best plants to add to your garden if you suffer from allergies:
- Begonia (Begonia obliqua)
- Fall phlox (Phlox paniculata)
- Columbine (Aquilegia)
- Daffodil (Narcissus poeticus)
- Sweet peas (Lathyrus spp., L. odoratus, L. latifolius)
- Iris (Iris sibirica)
- Daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids)
- Petunia (Petunia exserta)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
- Verbena (Verbena bonariensis)
- Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
- Hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
- Chenille (Acalypha hispida)
- Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus)
- English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Mint (Mentha spp.)
These will all be beautiful in your spring garden, but especially in the summer as most of them are late bloomers. However, if you start right away, there’s still a lot of time to enjoy them! Really a lot of options, right? Didn’t think there’d be this many, but hey, now you can take your time to research about them and see which pleases you the most!
Besides having a beautiful garden, you can also take advantage of some gorgeous plants to add to your indoors. There are many beneficial houseplants that are air purifiers and will prevent your allergies at home!
For example: peace lilies, bamboo palm, and dracaena.
Have you chosen your favorite plants yet? Get a free quote from a landscaper to help you achieve a dreamy garden!
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