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The best plants to have in your garden if you suffer from hay fever

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Having a garden in beautiful full bloom can be a joyous thing with a positive impact on our lives. However, for many Brits (estimated to be more than 10 million), this often comes at a severe cost.

Spending time outdoors in the Spring and Summer months can be an arduous time for hay fever sufferers. This means that those who experience an allergic reaction to pollen generally keep their distance from a blossoming garden.

However, just because you suffer from this irritating allergy, it shouldn’t stop you donning the garden gloves and enjoying the pleasures of the outdoors. With the current shortage in hay fever medication, gardening experts Gardening Express have recommended the best plants that can be invested in to keep those frustrating allergies at bay.

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They have investigated which plants are virtually free from pollen to help keep sneezing to a minimum. Chris Bonnett from Gardening Express said: “Flowers that produce a lot of pollen, like daisies, sunflowers and baby’s breath are extremely pretty… But if you’re struggling to see them through streaming eyes, our suggestions should make you able to enjoy the outdoors again.”

Here are seven of the best plants to put in your garden if you suffer from hay fever.

Geraniums

These simple, five-petaled flowers can be found in many garden enthusiasts’ homes and can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone. They come in a variety of colours, including pink, white, blue, purple and red.

As they feature rich green foliage, they are an excellent choice for potted plants. These beautiful flowers are low-maintenance and are perfect for summer as they need next to no water. Once they’re blooming, it can produce an amazing scent which attracts butterflies and hummingbirds alike.

Fruit Trees

Insect pollinated trees, such as apple and pear trees, are a type of Dioecious plant which means they don’t produce their own pollen but instead rely on insects to bring it to them, making them more manageable for allergy sufferers. If you have limited space in your garden, fruit trees are a great option as the fruit will grow at height rather than in the ground.

These plants survive throughout the summer and winter months. An added bonus is that you’ll get a nice crop of fruit during the summer.

Roses

These need little explanation due to being one of the most popular flowering plants. Its beautifully sweet scent may make you think that they do indeed produce pollen, but they’re actually very low in this substance.

The small amount that they do produce is too heavy to be airborne, making them super safe for anyone with allergies.

Yarrow

Without being offensive to allergies, these flowering herbs provide a pretty, delicate foliage. The fact that they are easy to grow makes them an ideal plant to add to a novice gardener’s portfolio.

Sometimes classed as a weed, they’re not fussy about their conditions, although they do enjoy full sun. They thrive in a wide variety of soils but do best in well drained soil, while they will even grow in poor dry soils with low fertility. Yarrow has been used in herbal remedies since ancient times, commonly being used as a medicinal herb that can treat the bleeding of minor wounds, cramping muscles, reducing fever or to help with relaxing.

Conifers

Conifer hedges planted along garden boundaries have two great benefits: they can help block out clouds of pollen from other areas while also adding more privacy to your area. They are a type of tree with sharp, needle-like foliage and are some of the best-suited plants to surviv…

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