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Dog-friendly Outdoor Flowers & Plants

By Lea Maxwell

golden retriever sitting in field with red flowers

Finally getting to plant flowers and shrubs is a sign spring is here, but it’s a good idea to make sure your outdoor sanctuary is also pet-friendly. Whether it’s your own dog or others who visit, avoid planting toxic plants within their reach.

Plants and Flowers Safe for Dogs

There are hundreds of non-toxic plants for dogs, but a few of our favorites include:

Pineapple Sage

This gorgeous red bloom smells heavenly, and the bold color attracts hummingbirds, so you’ll have even more animals stopping by.

Snapdragons

These classic flowers come in just about any color you can imagine to match your floral scheme. They’re easy to grow and are gorgeous in a bouquet, making them a fantastic non-toxic flower.

Daylilies

Daylilies are my dog’s favorite outdoor resting spot. He likes laying on the cool leaves on warm days. They fill a nice big space and provide lots of color and greenery, making them a great, almost un-killable, flower.

Important note: Lilies are extremely toxic to cats and can cause severe health issues and even death.

Marigolds

Marigolds come in several colors and offer a lovely smell that also deters some insects, making them a pet-friendly win-win.

Roses

Roses are also safe for pets and come in more shapes, colors, and sizes than you can imagine. Plus, they make for fantastic backgrounds for your pet portraits.

Asters

There are nearly 200 varieties of asters and they’re generally considered to be safe flowers for dogs. They come in a wide array of sizes and colors, so there’s sure to be a color that goes well with your dog’s summer look.

Gerber Daisies

Most climates can grow these flowers, sometimes called African daisies, as annuals. They offer a classic look and fit in with almost any landscaping style.

Dog Yard Ideas

You might opt to fence off part of your garden, but consider creating a special place in the yard just for your pet to enjoy.

Make a Sunflower Pyramid Doghouse

Growing and training sunflowers into a pyramid shape can make a little tent of shade at the base, perfect for a dog to nap and relax during the late summer afternoons. Move their water bowl inside the tent and they’ll have all they need to enjoy their special spot.

Provide Dog-friendly Herbs

Chamomile and lavender are generally calming, while barley grass aids in digestion, and mint helps with fresh breath. Some of these herbs can even provide health benefits. Just check first, as not all herbs are pet friendly.

Include Outdoor Enrichment Activities

Include a water feature like a sprinkler or kiddie pool for pets to play in, hang bird feeders, or hide a toy stuffed with treats in the bushes to provide your dog with stimulation and enrichment for a large part of the year.

With a little planning, you and your pet will enjoy a gorgeous garden all summer long.

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