Allergy “free” garden

Thu. Jul. 23, 2020

Click below to listen to my 2 min. Garden Bite radio show: Allergy “free” garden

I put the quotes around “free” simply because there’s going to be someone allergic to just about anything!

ACHOO! Runny nose, runny eyes don’t make for a fun day in the garden. If you’re a sufferer, there are some plants that are less problematic!

  • Lilacs
  • Dogwoods
  • Daisy
  • Hardy geranium
  • Hardy Hibiscus
  • Roses
  • Tulips
  • Irises
  • Cherry, Pear and Plum trees
‘Music Box’ photo by Teri Knight

Plants to nix for the nose due to their “Achoo” factor:

  • grasses
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Juniper
  • Cedar
  • Cottonwood


My maple and burning bush 2014 – the burning bush bit the dust after a brutal 2018.

Some tips to silence the sniffles are to wash your hands often and rinse your eyes when you go back in the house. Shower before you go to bed so you don’t bring the pollen in with you!

There’s a book called Allergy Free Gardening written by Tom Ogren that comes highly recommended. The link will take you to his website that offers even more information.