A low-allergen garden was required for my client who had severe hay fever allergy. Research showed that the plant selection was to be based on non-wind pollinated plants, flower shape reducing pollen exposure and ground cover plants to prevent weeds.
The dining terrace has been positioned in the centre of the garden to capture the sun throughout the day and the gravel paths lead through archways to a utility area in one corner and a mindful space with swing seat in the opposite corner. The artificial lawn provides a low-allergen solution that’s also low maintenance.
Whilst grasses couldn’t be used in the scheme, Verbena bonariensis and Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ provide movement and add an ephemeral quality to the planting. Prunus lusitanica creates an evergreen backdrop to the sandstone birdbath. The Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ introduces a rich foliage colour to contrast the buff paving and gravel. Trees such as Malus x zumi ‘Golden Hornet’ and espalier pear trees provide spring colour and are bee pollinated.
The row of Hebe are simple to maintain and will spill over the path providing evergreen winter structure. Roses are a good low-allergen choice as their petals contain the pollen and, along with the lavender, provide a lovely fragrance all summer long. As the oak sleepers silver with age they compliment the silvery foliage of the lavender and white blooms of Rosa ‘Margaret Merrill’.