A GARDEN expert has revealed the best and worst flowers for hay fever.
With summer just around the corner, millions of Brits will fear their usual symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes and fatigue.
And it comes amid shortages of some hay fever tablets.
People with hay fever could benefit from pollen-proofing their garden to alleviate their condition.
Some flowers and plants emit more pollen than others.
Not only could this make al fresco dining in your own backyard a nightmare, but the spores can also blow into your home through windows and doors.
GardeningExpress.co.uk’s Chris Bonnett said: “Pollen grains are usually carried by the wind or ingested by the bodies of beneficial insects such as butterflies and bees.
“Sufferers experience the worst symptoms between late March and September, especially if it is warm, humid or windy.
“Flowers that produce a lot of pollen are very pretty.
“But if you’re struggling to see them with tears in your eyes, our suggestions should get you enjoying the great outdoors again.”
The worst offenders
Experts say some of the most problematic flowers for hay fever sufferers include:
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Better to grab plants like roses and fruit trees to keep sneezing to a minimum.
Chris gave his top picks:
“Although roses have a wonderfully sweet scent, they are very low in pollen.
“The small amount of pollen that roses produce is too heavy to be airborne, making them super safe for allergy sufferers.”
“These flowering herbs provide hay fever sufferers with pretty, delicate foliage without offending allergies.
“They are easy to grow, sometimes classified as a weed and not fussy about their conditions, but do enjoy full sun.
“Yarrow has been used in herbal remedies since ancient times.”
“These easy-to-grow, glossy evergreens produce bright buds that come in white, pink, and red.
“Camellias have both their male and female reproductive organs on the same flower, which means their pollen doesn’t fly far for pollination.”
“Geraniums are simple, five-petal flowers that allergy sufferers can enjoy in a variety of colors including pink, white, red, purple and blue.
“They’re an excellent choice for potted plants because of their rich green foliage.”
“These pretty double-lipped flowers grow on narrow, dark green leaves and are perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to window boxes and pots.”
6. Fruit trees
“Most fruit trees are pollinated by insects rather than wind, which is less of a concern for allergy sufferers.
“And depending on the tree species you choose, you’ll get a bumper crop of apples, pears or cherries during the summer months.”
“Conifer hedges planted along garden borders can help block clouds of pollen and add privacy to your space.
“If you’re not sure what to go for, cedar, fir, juniper and pine, spruce and yew.”
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