Is your garden giving you allergies?

Find out how to make it more allergy friendly

easy flowers to grow: Sunflowers
(Image credit: Squires Garden Centres)

Summer is the prime time for gardening, sipping a glass of wine al fresco, having a BBQ, and... allergies. With many of us suffering all through the warmer months, it's a good idea to be extra careful if you have your own garden. But with such a variety of plants growing in our gardens, how do we know which are allergy triggers, and which ones are safe to plant?

If you're figuring out which garden plants are causing your allergies, the easiest way to reduce the risk is by avoiding daisy-shaped flowers. This includes daisies themselves, but also common garden flower such as chrysanthemums, asters, and single petaled dahlias. Unfortunately, even sunflowers are known to be a common trigger for allergies, so it's best to avoid them too. 

And what about flowering plants that are safe for allergy sufferers*? The key is to choose plants that don't spread their pollen too much, and flowers that have a low pollen count. Magnolias, for example, are an ancient tree species producing flowers that are low in pollen (and, in fact, are pollinated by beetles rather than bees). Fruit trees should also be safe, since the flowers hold on to their pollen to keep it ready for bees. Fuchsias and pelargoniums are also safe for allergy sufferers, producing almost no allergy-inducing pollen. 

And if all else fails, try to spend more time indoors, make your home more allergy friendly, and invest in a good vacuum cleaner

*Research provided by BillyOh