6 Plants To Avoid Growing In Your Garden That Can Trigger Allergies

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6 Plants To Avoid Growing In Your Garden That Can Trigger Allergies

You really love your garden, but your allergies prevent you from enjoying it, instead you just keep looking at it from indoors. Well, having allergies doesn’t need to stop you from spending time outdoors. What you need is to be aware of the kind of plants you will be growing in your perennial garden design and finding the substitute plants that will make your garden safe and inviting at the same time.


Here are 6 plants to avoid growing in your garden that can trigger allergies and their substitutes.

  1. Oxeye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum).  Oxeye daisy is one of the most popular summer daisies, but the flowers, leaves, pollen, scent and even the sap can result in hay fever, rashes, hives and other unpleasant symptoms.

So if you want dainty flowers in summer, you can grow Variety Garden Phlox instead. Phlox flowers bloom during the summer and they come in different colors such as white, pink, rose, red and lavender to adorn your perennial garden design.

  1.  Love-Lies-Bleeding (Amaranthus caudatus).  Love-lies-bleeding is popular for its drooping red flower clusters that can be a great addition to your garden; however the pollen can be a chief trigger to hay fever sufferers.

Instead consider the chenille plant (Acalypha hispida) which is equally stunning with its long, bright crimson flower clusters. When planted in the ground, it can reach 10 feet tall and 6 feet wide, but when grown in container it can be smaller and it is a favorite houseplant or great ornament to your custom patio design.

  1. Castor Bean (Ricinus communis).  Castor bean is a fast-growing and gaudy plant with huge leaves and clustered flowers that is a prominent addition to your garden. Sadly, all parts of this impressive plant, especially the seed/pollen can be a major trigger for allergies.

If you want something that makes a statement, consider growing hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) instead.  Its eye-catching flowers in a wide range of hues including red, orange, yellow, white and pink attract hummingbirds and butterflies into your landscape design.

  1. Chamomile (Matricaria recutita).  Surprisingly, chamomile — a well known herb with a calming effect can trigger allergies.  Yes, chamomile is related to ragweed, which can cause allergies. Its pollen can trigger hay fever, and the leaves and flowers can cause skin allergies.

So if you want a substitute for a beautiful and fragrant ground cover, consider growing woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus).  It is a fast-growing alternative that can be grown everywhere–looks great in rock gardens, awesome between stepping stones and attractive spilling over a wall or over container edges.  It is eye-catching for butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.

  1. Jasmine (Jasminumspp.).  Jasmine is a sweet smelling, a fast- growing and rapidly spreading climber that’s filled with flowers perfect for your garden and custom pergolas, but can trigger allergies that will drive you indoors.

If you want a fragrant climber without causing allergies, then consider planting sweet peas (Lathyrus spp.) in your garden. Although sweet peas don’t produce white flowers, the seductive fragrance they emit strongly announces the arrival of Spring.

  1. Wisteria (Wisteria floribunda, W. chinensis).  Wisteria is high-climbing vine, blooms passionately in spring with large, drooping clusters of lilac or bluish-purple flowers, perfect for draping over custom patios, but the pollen is a major hay fever trigger, and even touching the plant can cause skin allergies. Also note it is an aggressive plant and if used on a pergola we suggest making a custom metal pergola because it has been found to twist wood.

So if you are looking for a flowering vine that will romantically sprawl over your custom pergolas or trellis, try evergreen clematis (Clematis armandii), clematis hybrids, culliver honeysuckle, or variety of climbing roses.

Spring and summer are the perfect seasons to enjoy the outdoors with the beauty and fragrance of flowers and plants in bloom. Perennial garden designers can help you choose the perfect plants for you to create a wonderfully designed space that provide areas of shade, visual breaks and attraction for wildlife.

At Nature’s Expression our landscape architects and designers build highly integrated outdoor living spaces for families to enjoy in Nicholasville, Georgetown, Lexington Kentucky and the surrounding area.  We consult, design, construct and maintain outdoor solutions that provide functional aesthetics on budget and on time.  https://nei-lex.com/