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Great wheezes to ease sneezes; YOUR GARDEN.

Beat hay fever this year by planting a low-allergen garden.

The National Asthma Campaign garden at the Chelsea Show was full of helpful ideas for doing just that.

Tips for limiting allergens include:

Have a wall or painted fence instead of a garden hedge as this harbours less dust, mould and pollen.

Use insect-pollinated plants as they produce less pollen.

Avoid heavily-scented plants. Use those with aromatic foliage, such as lavender or rosemary.

Use gravel not mulch.

Garden early in the morning or on cool days when the pollen count is lower.

Remove debris, compost and rotting plants as these produce many mould spores.

Weardark glasses when gardening - they help to reduce pollen contact with your eyes.

THE National Asthma Campaign has a fact sheet on low-allergen gardening. Call 0171-971 0444.


Some recommended plants for hay-fever sufferers are:

CLIMBERS: Clematis macropetala, Clematis Perle d'Azur, Clematis William Kennett.

SHRUBS: Buxus sempervirens, Aucuba japonica, Phormium, Viburnum sargentii, Viburnum tinus.

HERBACEOUS: Acanthus mollis, Acanthus spinosus, Ajuga reptans, Alchemilla mollis, Aquilegia vulgaris, Astilbe.

ANNUALS: Antirrhinum, Eschscholzia, Impatiens, Nigella damescena.

THE Cuban lily (Scilla peruviana) grows in Italy and Algeria, but is great for British gardens, too. It reaches up to 12ins (30cm) in height and in May and June bears a dense head of bright blue star-shaped flowers.

Plant the bulbs between six and eight inches apart (12-20cm) and 2-3in (5-7.5cm) deep in a moist but well-drained soil in a sunny or partially- shaded spot. If any seeds form, sow in shallow pots or trays in a cold frame. At the end of the second year, they will be ready to plant. Wait three to five years for the lilies to reach flowering size. If offsets develop, replant immediately. These should flower in two or three years.

As the weather hots up, hanging baskets and tubs dry out easily. On very hot days or if you're going away, move them to a north or east- facing part of the garden where they are more shaded.

Ensure new plants are watered in thoroughly and have a moisture-retaining mulch. Rest pots of Arum lilies by standing them outside, on their sides, near a south or west-facing wall.


Lavender is a typical English garden plant although it originates from the Mediterranean. Its grey-green spiky leaves and blue flowers are a summer joy, as is its lovely fragrance. It's perfect for borders, while dried lavender keeps linen sweet-smelling.

You can buy 10 Dwarf Lavender for pounds 6.95 or 20 Dwarf Lavender for pounds 10.95, inc p&p and VAT.

SEND cheque/PO payable to "Mirror Group Newspapers DMG420" to: Daily Mirror Lavender Offer, PO Box 64, South West District Office, Manchester M16 9HY. Or call the credit card order hotline on 0161 431 6431 (24 hour service). Quote ref DMG420. Allow 28 days for delivery. Subject to availability. UK mainland readers. Offer closes 31/7/96.
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Title Annotation:Features
Author:Greenwood, Pippa
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 22, 1996
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