Allergy Friendly Plants for Your Garden

There is an increased amount of pollen in the air from Autumn to the end of Summer. These air borne pollen are tiny and light weight and are easily inhaled, reacting with our eyes, nose and sinus. They cause problems like sneezing and watery and itchy eyes in people affected by asthma, Hay fever and allergies.

Tips for allergy friendly garden and a list of allergy friendly indoor and outdoor plants of flowers, herbs and trees are given below.

It is quite simple to plant a sneeze free garden. As many popular garden flowers and plants are high pollen producers, you should be careful in selecting allergy friendly plants for outdoor and in door use.

Most of the plants with trouble making pollen are found in our gardens (worst plants for allergies). However, gardening without wheezing & sneezing is possible and achievable. You can plan your garden by choosing asthma and allergy friendly plants to improve your health.

Plants pollinated via wind release millions of tiny pollen grains in air that are easily inhaled. Such plants should not be used as house plants and in school area where children with allergy may be affected. On the other hand insect pollinating plants do not distribute their pollen in air.

There are several low-allergy options for your garden. Following is a list of allergy and asthma friendly plants which are either insect pollinated or sterile and propagated by cuttings or grafting.

Bonsai Bougainvillea
Bonsai Bougainvillea

Succulent Plant
Succulent

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Azalea Blooms pink
Azalea Blooms

Mr Lincoln Rose
Mr Lincoln Rose

Mint herb
Mint

Begonia flowers red
Begonia

Allergy Friendly Flowering Plants

Alyssum
Anemone
Banksia
Bougainvillea
Azalea
Begonia
Clematis
Coleus
Columbine
Cornflower
Crocus
Cup flower
Cyclamen
Daffodil
Dianthus
Dusty miller
Floss Flowers
Foxglove
Fuchsia
Geranium
Gladiolus
Hibiscus
Hosta
Hydrangea
Hyacinth
Impatiens
Iris
Lily
Lobelia
Nasturtium
Nemesia
Jasmine (Chilean Jasmine Star Jasmine)
Pansy
Petunia
Peony
Phlox
Poppy
Rose
Rosemary
Salvia
Snapdragon
Succulents
Sweet pea vine
Tulip
Verbena Viola
Zinnia

Allergy Friendly Herbs

Basil
Chives
Coriander
Dill
Fennel
Horseradish
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Stevia
Thyme

Allergy Friendly Trees

Apple
Cherry
Chinese fan palm (female)
Fern pine (female)
Dogwood
English holly (female)
Radford pear
Crepe myrtle
Hardy rubber tree
Magnolia
Pear
Plum
Red maple (female)

Tips For Allergy Friendly Garden

  1. Avoid plants that pollinate by wind. Choose plants that are pollinated by birds and insects.
  2. Avoid gardening on very windy days or hot still days and stay inside. Early morning and cloudy days are best for gardening.
  3. People who are allergic should avoid gardening after light rains in spring to early summer when some pollen grains break up and release large amounts of tiny allergic particles.
  4. Avoid plants with strong fragrance. Roses, however, are safe. Do not plant jasmine or gardenia next to house entrance and windows. 
  5. Plant only female species in your garden as male plants produce the pollen.
  6. Choose a slow-growing low pollen producing lawn that does not require frequent mowing. Cut the grasses before they release their pollen. Lawns trap pollen which are released when the lawn is mowed.
  7. Use inorganic mulches to reduce weeds and mound spores. Organic mulches produce mound and fungal spores. 
  8. Moisten potting mix and animal manures prior to use to avoid spreading mound spores in air.
  9. Weed the plants often.
  10. Avoid compost heaps in open.
  11. Use air filters in you home which can reduce the amount of pollen in air inside. The filters captures large airborne pollen mold spores dust etc.

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