I could post a list of plants that are toxic to dogs, but it would be extremely long and the ASPCA already has an extensive list on their website. Plus, what's the fun in that? I think it's easier to make a list of things you CAN plant in your garden so that it's more dog-friendly and safe.
For my entire life, my home has shared a place with a family owned garden center. I definitely still do not know everything about gardening, but I'm familiar with many flowers and know which ones seem to be the most popular among gardeners. After searching the ASPCA's database on flowers and plants that are non-toxic to dogs, I noticed that our garden center actually carries a lot of them. Many are popular and do very well in gardens during the Spring time.
If you're looking for some dog-friendly garden ideas, look no further! Here are a few popular Spring garden plants that are non-toxic to dogs and should be easy to find at any garden center.
Looking for something tropical or a fruit tree? Banana trees are non-toxic and you may even grow some tasty treats with them. Since this is a tropical plant, they do like lots of sun and need to be watered regularly.
These flowers are extremely popular for home gardens. They come in a variety of colors and sizes. Perhaps the Petunia's popularity is due to them being relatively easy to grow and care for. They do well in heat and need to be watered fairly regularly. Petunias can be easily grown in the ground or in containers. And most importantly for pet parents, they are non-toxic to dogs and cats!
Herbs are usually easy to grow and care for. Plus, they are nice to have if you enjoy cooking. Who doesn't like unlimited access to delicious fresh herbs? Many (not all) herbs are safe for dogs as well and some even health benefits for dogs.
Pictured above is Thyme. Other herbs that are safe to keep around dogs include Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Parsley, and Peppermint.
Don't have a green thumb? That's OK. A Spider Plant will probably still survive no matter how brown your thumb may be. These plants can tolerate a lot. They can grow both indoors and outdoors. Spider Plants should be easy to find at any nursery or garden center.
Alyssum plants have dainty little flowers that have a fragrant scent. They are easy to grow, do well in many different regions, and will sow their seeds to return the following year. Alyssum likes to be planted in areas with full sun, but can tolerate partial shade as well.
Definitely a favorite flower of mine are Gerber Daisies. They are colorful, cute as a button, and the ones planted in my garden always come back each year. I will admit that mine do very well despite the lack of effort I put into them. They come in multiple color varieties and are easy to care for.
Now there's a few ideas for your dog-friendly garden. Of course, there are many, many more flowers and plants that could be included in a dog-friendly garden. I have a few more ideas that I wanted to include in this list, but couldn't find the plants after searching through 5 greenhouses. I think some of the plants I wanted to include here are not in season yet and haven't been stocked.
I'll check back again in a few weeks and maybe share a part 2 to this blog post. Happy gardening!