Creating An Allergy Friendly Garden

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Jun 27, 2016

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Do you find yourself coughing, sneezing, and blowing your nose at this time of year? If so, you may have spring allergies. Fortunately, being allergic to pollen doesn't mean you can't create and enjoy a colorful garden. All you have to do is fill your garden with plants that have a low level of pollen or even no pollen. Let's look at several types of plants that fit into those categories. Enjoy!

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are a wonderful choice for an allergy-friendly garden because they contain almost no pollen. Pom-pom hydrangeas can easily be the highlight of any garden area. They are available in several colors, such as pink, purple, and blue. Hydrangeas should be planted in moist, rich soil. They need full sunlight during the morning hours and partial shade in the afternoon. Hydrangeas require regular watering so their leaves won't wilt.

Petunias

You won't catch a lot of bees around petunias because they have very little pollen. But these flowers come in a variety of bright colors that will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your allergy-friendly garden. Choose petunias in blue, pink, red, white, or all of the above, and plant them in a place where they'll receive partial sunlight. These low-maintenance flowers are sure to brighten up your garden!

Sunflowers

There are some varieties of sunflowers that don't have any pollen. Look for Sunbright, Sunbeam, Moonbright, or Sunrich sunflowers for your allergy-friendly garden. Not surprisingly, sunflowers flourish in an area that receives full sunlight, and they need just one inch of water per week.

Tulips

When I think of springtime, I think of pink and red tulips waving back and forth in a garden. Tulips are another popular favorite with people who want allergy-friendly plants because they produce very little pollen. Decorate your garden with red, pink, white, or yellow tulips. You could even plant some purple ones to give your garden a royal air. Tulips need full sunlight to flourish. Give these hardy flowers water only when there has been a dry spell.

Impatiens

Impatiens are low-maintenance flowers with very little pollen. Look for these blooms in red, white, orange, purple, yellow, or pink to add personality to your allergy-friendly garden. They need regular watering as well as partial sunlight to grow. These flowers grow very quickly!

Ferns

A fern is an ideal choice if you're looking for a houseplant with no pollen. Besides being allergy-friendly plants, they are attractive and help to clean the air. Ferns grow well in indirect sunlight and humid conditions. Some people put their ferns in the bathroom so they can enjoy the steam from the shower. Ferns can also be a part of an outdoor garden. They need moist soil to grow and should be put in an area that receives partial sunlight.

Roses

Roses do produce pollen, but they are still suitable for an allergy-friendly garden. Rose pollen is heavy, which makes it less likely to become airborne. Roses are fragrant and can be found in many delightful colors, including pink, red, and yellow. Your roses will need two inches of water per week and a minimum of six hours of sun per day.

Good luck with your allergy-friendly garden, and thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: Allergy Friendly Garden

 

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