A guide to pet friendly plants

If you have a pet of your own, you’ll know how much of a joy they are to be around. From snuggling up on those cold winter evenings to getting out and enjoying the great outdoors with you, sharing your life with a pet can be really fulfilling.

But, you’ll also know how much animals just love to get up to mischief. If you’ve got a garden space, chances are you’re going to want to let your pet enjoy it. After all, being cooped up in the house isn’t ideal for humans, let alone our furry pals.

While many animals forage and eat plants in the wild, some plants which we choose to use in our gardens can actually be harmful for them to eat. That’s why it’s important to create a pet-friendly garden with plants that aren’t dangerous to eat (and rattan garden furniture which can withstand the weight of labradors who think they’re lap dogs).

Ones to avoid

Although beautiful, some flowers and plants can be incredibly toxic to animals if ingested. If you are planning to allow your four-legged friend into your garden, it’d be wise to avoid the following to reduce the chances of an emergency trip to the vets and one very sick pet:

  • Daffodil – eating can result in gastrointestinal issues, seizures and low blood pressure

  • Hyacinth – can cause severe vomiting and diarrhoea and sometimes tremors

  • Tulips – can cause animal to salivate excessively, vomiting and lack of appetite

  • Azalea – one of the most serious plants to avoid. Ingestion can lead to cardiovascular issues, hypotension and even death

  • Tiger Lily & Easter Lily – only known to affect cats, but if eaten can cause kidney failure, lethargy and severe vomiting

  • Foxglove – Another serious flower to avoid. Foxgloves can cause arrhythmia, severe vomiting and diarrhoea, cardiac failure and even death

  • Iris – symptoms of ingestion include vomiting and diarrhoea and lethargy

  • Crocus – can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and mild vomiting

Safe to plant

Looking at the list above, you may start to think that your garden is going to look pretty dull and boring. However, don’t fret – there are still some flowers which are both beautiful and safe for your pets to interact with.

  • Bamboo – not only safe for pets, bamboo can provide shelter for insects in your garden and pair perfectly with a rattan dining set

  • Marigolds

  • Roses

  • Petunia

  • Ponytail palm

  • Lambs’ ears

  • Wild hyacinth

  • Tiger orchid

  • Spider plant (these also make great carry-round toys for dogs on walks)

Gardens should be a fun place for both humans and animals to spend those sunny days – and making sure that fun carries on by planting flowers which are safe for your pets should be top of your agenda.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *