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Article by Kayla Fratt on dog safe plants for your home and garden. Kayla share information to help create dog friendly landscapes.


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If you love both dogs and gardening, you probably have already asked yourself: are there dog safe plants out there? Given some dog’s propensity to much on leaves and sniff around in the dirt, you might even want to take it a step further: creating a dog-friendly garden. It’s important to remember that many plants that are edible or even medicinal for people are toxic to dogs.

What Plants Are Safe for Dogs?

There’s a lot of common houseplants and garden plants that are dangerous to your dog. If your dog has the tendency to eat things that they find, it’s extra-important to avoid toxic plants. Even if your dog isn’t the grazing type, it’s important to avoid toxic plants. Even drinking water from a vase that held toxic plants is enough to send your dog to the vet with vomiting, diarrhea, or worse.
Rather than avoiding the most dangerous plants, though, it’s often easier (and safer) to concentrate on including dog safe plants instead. Many of these plants are for indoor use, but there are several other dog safe plants that are good for outdoor gardens

Dog Safe Plants for Indoor and Outdoor use:

African Violet
African Violets are dog safe for indoor and outdoor use

African Violet
Day lilies
Herbs such as sage, thyme, and cilantro

While the list of dog safe plants might look comparatively short, it actually includes many popular, easy-to-care-for, and striking flowers that will make your dog safe garden look amazing. There’s a nice variety of heights and colors among these flowers, making it a great starting point for your dog friendly garden.

How Can I Make a Dog-Friendly Garden?

If you’re lucky enough to have a dog, you understand the meaning of “man’s best friend.” There are many ways to make your garden extra dog-friendly, beyond just being non-toxic. Dogs experience the world largely through scent. Dog-friendly gardens are also commonly known as “sensory gardens.” You can use a mixture of many of the dog safe plants above to create a safe garden that your dog can explore and sniff. Even if you’d rather not let your dog explore your “main” garden, you can plant a few spares along the side of your house to let your dog sniff.

Some of the popular picks for a dog-friendly sensory garden include:

Lavender has a calming, soothing effect for dogs
Rosemary is energizing
Barley grass can help soothe your dog’s upset stomach
Mint is refreshing for your dog to sniff, and also makes breath less stinky
Chamomile also has a calming effect


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Mint is refreshing for your dog to sniff, and also makes breath less stinky

Aside from scents, many dogs will also enjoy gardens with a variety of textures. Add in some cedar chips, cobblestones, ornamental grasses, or even a bed of hay to keep your dog’s senses engaged.

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