Adding garden plants to your yard can be an enjoyable endeavor, but pet owners should take care to ensure their plants are just as safe as they are beautiful. Don’t worry, though! The good news is that you can still enjoy beautiful garden plants without harming your furry friends. Here are the best safe garden plants for pets that will also add color, beauty, and fun to your yard.
The Best Plants for Pets
There are countless plants which are safe for pets and even more which are not. That considered, these are the best plants where pets can safely cohabit your garden and, in some cases, enjoy a little nibble or pleasant aromas right alongside you.
Windmill palms are a great choice for harsh environments and those seeking low maintenance plants. This hearty palm tree grows well in pots or the ground and can thrive in even more harsh climates and conditions.
Petunias are great for hanging pots, baskets, or plant bedding and come in a variety of colors. Spider plants can grow indoors all year long. They make great additions to indoor garden plants and require very little upkeep. Purple basil brings a beautiful wash of color to any garden. The plant is also edible and quite tasty! The leaves make a lovely hued pesto and dogs can safely enjoy them as well.
Lavender has a wonderful soothing effect for both people and animals. The aroma is calming, and the beautiful lilac color brightens everyone’s day. Drought tolerant annuals, African daisies are available in a plethora of colors. They are especially beautiful pops of color during the summer months and do well in areas with lots of sunlight.
Snapdragons are another beautiful addition to any garden or container plants you may want to add to your home. There are multiple colors to choose from when it comes to Snapdragons and they are perfectly safe for pets!
Rosemary is great for culinary use and non-toxic for pets as well. It’s a particularly great idea to use Creeping Rosemary to cover empty spaces in your yard with lush color and greenery.
Marigold, Pineapple Sage, and Impatiens are also wonderful garden plants to add to your collection. Specifically, Impatiens, are vibrantly colored flowers ideal for bedding or hanging pots or baskets. Other pet friendly plants include sunflowers, roses, jasmine, bamboo, and countless others.
Plants to Be Wary Of:
● Lily has been shown to be toxic to cats and some varieties are best avoided, but a few varieties may be safe for dogs.
● Typical begonias are toxic to both dogs and cats. Some varieties, however, are NOT toxic and these include the Peace Begonia, Metallic Leaf Begonia, Mapleleaf Begonia, and various others. Take care when using them in your garden to ensure you pick a non-toxic variety.
● Popular in the springtime, Easter season hyacinths are poisonous to both dogs and cats. Summer, Wild and Grape Hyacinths, however, are NOT toxic and would be okay to utilize.
Plants to Avoid Entirely:
● Morning Glory
● Sweet Pea
● Aloe Vera
● Calla Lillies
Now that you are armed with lots of pet-safe garden plant options, it’s time to get started on bringing your garden or lawn vision to life! To design and care for the perfect, pet-friendly backyard oasis, contact Lawnscape for assistance today!
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