10 “Pupular” Dog-Safe Plants
Curious on which plants are pet-safe? Let’s dig into it!/
The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and it’s time to flex that green thumb of yours! We suggest familiarizing yourself with these pet-safe outdoor plants and houseplants to avoid any harm to your furry friend.
LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BUD
Before we dish the dirt on Fido-friendly plants, it’s important to always carefully check the ASPCA’s comprehensive list of toxic and non-toxic plants before planting anything new or switching up your landscaping. For example, about 10 different types of orchids are recognized as safe by the ASPCA...but there are about 28,000 various species of orchids, including some that are not-so-safe. While the ASPCA list is a great starting point, we’ve also gathered a shortened list of common poisonous garden plants and houseplants that you should keep away from your dog.
Generally speaking, any plant that grows from a bulb is harmful for your dog since the bulb is where the toxic elements have the highest concentration. Because of this, a bulb bite warrants an immediate call to your veterinarian!
Keep in mind that just because the plants listed below are considered generally safe doesn’t mean that you should let your dog munch on them all day. While they won’t get seriously ill, they could feel a little under the weather—think discomfort, nausea and diarrhea.
If you find that your dog is looking at your garden as an all-you-can-eat buffet, consider planting some new flowers Fido likes less, spraying the area with a vinegar solution to deter your dog or adding a barrier such as a fence around the area.
LET’S DIG INTO IT
With all of the above in mind, we’ve pulled together ten dog-safe plants you can feel good having around your home and in your yard!
Baby’s tears (polka dot plant): There will be no boohooing when you see the splash of pink this shade-loving plant adds to your yard! This plant of many names (including “freckle face”) thrives in humidity, making it a perennial in warm climates. If you’re in a colder climate that sees frost, it also makes for an awesome houseplant.
Rosemary: Besides being a delicious addition to roasted veggies or potatoes, this tasty herb also has insect repellent properties! (Win/win.) If you live in an area with frost, you can grow it in the ground as an annual or keep it in a container you bring inside. Just make sure it’s getting sun as well as good drainage and air circulation. Other dog-safe herbs include mint, dill and basil.
Garden marigold: This annual comes in bright yellow and orange—making it an eye-catching addition to your garden or indoor pot. Fun fact: It’s sometimes confused as a perennial since remaining seeds will often grow again the next season, but this isn’t always the case!
Carrots, celery, spinach and peas: Are we making you hungry with this one? These Fido-friendly veggies can be grown in the ground or in pots. For a list of foods your dog should avoid, check out our other article here.
Prayer plant (maranta): This uniquely-named, shade-growing perennial is best suited in a planter or as a hanging porch plant. Keep an eye on this one and you’ll notice it lifts and folds its leaves together at night as if it’s deep in prayer. (Shocker, we know.)
Boston fern: This porch or patio plant loves bright, indirect sunlight! It grows as a perennial in warm climates, but be sure to bring it inside if you live in a colder climate or grow it as an annual.
Friendship plant: Since dogs are man’s best friend, we obviously had to include this houseplant! Characterized by its heavily crinkled leaves, the key to a thriving friendship plant is humidity, humidity, humidity. The easiest way to get that environment is to house this one in a terrarium.
Petunia: Grown in containers, beds or window boxes, these purple flowers are often viewed as annuals, but are actually warm climate perennials. Bonus points that they’ll help you score a sweet-smelling yard!
Sunflowers: The ultimate summer staple, this annual plant can grow several feet tall though they’ll need plenty of sun and water to reach their full potential! Because of their height, they’re often used to create a border alongside a fence (not to mention they’ll be harder for your dog to reach).
Magnolia bush (star magnolia): The hardiest of all magnolias, this perennial shrub produces fragrant, star-shaped flowers that bloom in late winter or early spring. Keep in mind that you’ll need to break out your rake from time to time as the leaves fall to the ground, though they’re Fido-safe.
Now that you understand what plants are Fido-friendly, it’s time to grab those gardening gloves and get digging!
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