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Five Low-Pollen Flowers for your Garden
Now’s the time to plant your azelias and tulips for next year! Get crackin’. Poppies are a no-brainer for sneezers, plus you get carry-over karma from Remembrance Day. Gladiola bulbs need to be planted in early spring, as soon as the ground is soft enough, while hydrangeas should be planted in a few weeks from now–September to October. Don’t rush it.
In an unexpected twist from Mother Nature, female flowers do not produce pollen. That makes them a smart choice for sneezer, like us, who have to be careful. Ask for female flowers at the nursery next year. In the meantime, enjoy the last glory days of your garden and avoid daisies, lilies, lavender, sunflowers and freesia.
Sinus Sister is no Martha Stewart, but she likes her flower boxes….
A garden store is the belly of the beast for people with allergies. Yet, I went to the nursery, like an idiot, hoping to raid the place for low-pollen flowers before the sneezing began. No such luck. But I did learn a thing or two about low-pollen flowers. Between thundering “achews“, I grabbed 15 of my favourite sneeze-free flowers. Here are the first five:
Impatiens are the gateway flowers that get you hooked on colour. They’re hard to kill, as long as you don’t cook them in direct sunlight. They require a bit of sun to bloom, but they work on semi-shaded balconies. Pansies are the journeymen of garden flowers, surviving cold snaps, even. They’ll bloom in sun or semi-shade. Snapdragons can take a light freeze, too, but don’t push it. Irises need at least six hours of sun a day to thrive (don’t we all?) while begonias can get by in partial shade.
For a more scientific evaluation of these flowers’ sneeze factor, go to Pollen Library.
Stay tuned for the next Top 5 Low-Pollen Flowers.