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Flower gardening with hay fever

Pollen allergies can be a pain, especially if they are keeping you from enriching your yard with flower gardens. Some types of flowers, however, have little pollen or pollen that does not travel easily, making it easier for people with allergies to enjoy their gardens. As a rule of thumb, it is good to look for flowers that need a pollinator – usually an insect or hummingbird – rather than plants that pollinate through the air, such as daisies and sunflowers. Here are four flower species that your hay fever shouldn’t stop you from enjoying in your garden:

Snapdragon
Snapdragon flowers grow on tall stalks and come in every color except blue. Ranging from one to three feet tall, the snapdragon is primarily insect-pollinated, making its pollen too heavy to remain in the air long enough to trigger allergies.

Salvia
The salvia plant is a member of the mint family and has small, densely packed flowers that grow in spears and are typically red, purple or blue. Salvia tend to be drought resistant, low-maintenance plants that can grow anywhere between 18 inches and five feet tall. The tube-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, indicating that the pollen is not easily released by breezes blowing through your flower garden.

Phlox
This flower can be grown either as a spring-blooming ground cover or a tall summer bloomer, making it a versatile option for flower gardening. It is a low-maintenance plant, but requires well-drained soil because it is susceptible to powdery mildew. Phlox is an attractive addition because its fragrant star-shaped flower clusters attract desirable garden visitors such as butterflies and hummingbirds.

Columbine
Another wildflower that attracts hummingbirds, columbine grows to be one to three feet tall. Flowers hang down in a cluster of two or three atop tall stems. Blooms come in a variety of colors, including shades of purple, red, yellow and blue.