Health & Fitness, Home & Garden

How to Pick the Right Plants for your Garden if you Have Allergies

Just because you have allergies or asthma, does not mean you have to decorate your front or back yard with concrete and/or stones. Fortunately, there are many plants that you can add to your home garden that are completely allergy-free. These include but are not limited to a number of flowers, trees, shrubs, and more.

Here is a List of Allergy-Friendly Plants

Allergy-Free Flowering Plants:

  • Begonia
  • Cactus
  • Chenille
  • Clematis
  • Columbine
  • Crocus
  • Daffodil
  • Dusty miller
  • Geranium
  • Dahlia (formal-double)
  • Impatiens
  • Iris
  • Orchid
  • Bird of paradise
  • Pansy
  • Periwinkle
  • Petunia
  • Phlox
  • Rose (unscented, tea-type)
  • Snapdragon
  • Thrift
  • Tulip
  • Verbena
  • Zinnia

Allergy-Free Grasses:

  • St. Augustine
  • Female cultivars of buffalo grass
  • Male-sterile hybrid Bermuda grasses

Allergy-Free Shrubs:

  • Azalea
  • Boxwood (pruned)
  • Female English yew
  • Female wax myrtle
  • Female pittosporum
  • Hibiscus
  • Hydrangea
  • Viburnum

Allergy-Free Trees:

  • Apple and crab apple
  • Pie cherry
  • Chinese fan palm
  • Female fern pine
  • Dogwood
  • Female English holly
  • Hardy rubber tree
  • Magnolia
  • Pear
  • Plum
  • Female red maple

Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Yard

Mowing Your Lawn – Keeping your lawn grass at about 2” at all times can help you cut off the leaves before they turn into pollen or get towards the process of growing flowers. However, if you have horrible allergies it’s best to hire someone else to mow your lawn. 

Root Cause – Before you wipe out your entire yard, consider what you can keep. Growing a new system from scratch can easily take a few months, which is why it’s best to consider and keep what you can. Moreover, you can fertilize your lawn to help boost thick grass growth. This will automatically help cut down on dandelion, nettle, bluegrass, and other weeds. 

Consider Impact – Every allergy reaction is not the same, which is why it’s best to find out what causes your allergies to react. For instance, if you have an allergic reaction through touch you will find your skin redness, rashes break out, swells, and other irritation occurs. Get rid of any plants that cause even slight irritation, as it can easily cause a lasting impact.

Allergy Triggers – An allergist can help you determine your allergy triggers, helping you cut away the plants and flowers that cause you misery. Cutting them and pulling out their roots can help you lead an allergy-free life. 

The most common type of allergy is pollen allergy, what might start as slight flu can easily have you moping around the house. This is why we suggest you get rid of pollen by pulling out its roots. Nothing is more irritating than flowers and plants that can cause breathing issues. This is why you need to get rid of all the pollen roots before the season arrives. You are more likely to be impacted by pollen from your own yard than others, so focus on arranging your yard before looking around. 

Picking the right plants, flowers, grass, and trees is a great way to create a safe oasis. One that dazzles you every moment you spend there, a secret garden that is built just for you. So you too can enjoy natural beauty without any consequences.