Dog-Safe Plants for Your Spring Garden

Dog-Safe Plants for Your Spring Garden

Just as people can’t eat all types of plants, neither can animals. And unlike humans, dogs and cats are prone to taking a bite out of pretty much anything they see, be it food, plant, toy, or even couch cushion. If you’ve got a pet but want to plan your spring garden—or invest in a few houseplants to brighten things up—stick with dog-safe plants that won’t harm your precious pet.

While it might sound intimidating, the truth is there are plenty of plants that are safe for pets. You may not be able to plant all your favorites, but you should still be able to build a great variety in your home and garden without endangering your dog.

A dog reading a book to learn what dog-safe plants their are to put into your garden

Top Non-Toxic Plants for the Garden

If you’re planning your spring garden, there are a few great plants you should start with that will keep your dog safe and provide you with a great variety.

  • Alyssum – a lovely mat-like flower that is great as a covering for your garden soil and usually comes in white, yellow, or purple.
  • Aster – disc-like plants in the daisy family that usually come in purple (keep in mind that other daisies may be poisonous to dogs).
  • Carrot – delicious orange vegetables that both you and your dog can eat and are perfect for salads, soups, and snacking.
  • Camellia – lovely evergreen flowers with a rose-like shape that come in a variety of colors.
  • Celery – a stalk vegetable rich in water and fiber that goes great with dipping sauces and peanut butter, or as a base for soups.
  • Cilantro – a tasty herb that goes well with all manner of dishes and provides a lovely dark leafy touch to the garden. 
  • Cucumber – a green vegetable that is great on its own, mixed in salads, or made into pickles. 
  • Dill – another delicious herb that grows well in many climates and provides a delicious addition to salads, dressings, and meat dishes.
  • Fuschia – an elegant hanging flower usually red, purple, or pink that grows especially well in mild, temperate climates.
  • Magnolia – a bush or tree that usually comes in white, pink, or purple and will add a real touch of elegance to your garden. 
  • Marigold – a lovely yellow and orange flower that also acts as pest control and attracts bees to pollinate your garden—a true power plant! 
  • Nasturtium – a bright, often orange flower that grows in warm climates and likes lots of sunshine. These can be eaten and provide a peppery taste!
  • Peas – Pea pods come in many varieties and offer a sweet vegetable option that you’ll love and won’t hurt your dog either!
  • Petunia – elegant and sweet flowers that come in a variety of shades and can work well in baskets, pots, or the soil. 
  • Snapdragon – lovely flowers that come in a variety of colors and provide a pleasant, light smell.
  • Sunflower – tall, golden sunflowers are a beautiful plant that add a nice border and can grow to be several feet tall if you want something pretty peeking over your fence.
  • Thyme – yet another tasty herb that is especially popular in French cuisine and looks and smells quite elegant in the garden. 
  • Zucchini – a flavorful squash that grows in abundance, this plant is safe for your dog and provides the base for lots of delicious dishes—you can even make noodles out of it!
Dog tasting toxic plant Vanilla

Top Non-Toxic House Plants

If you aren’t ready for the garden or simply want to add some color to your home, there are several great options for non-toxic house plants that you can get started with today!

  • Bromeliad – this spiky houseplant is sturdy and bright, offering a pop of color and a sense of ease since your dog won’t die from chewing on it and can’t harm it much even if they knock it over in a playful moment. 
  • Catnip – this mint variety can go indoors or outdoors and shows off bright, lovely-smelling leaves that cats will love and won’t hurt any animal or human who wants to take a bite—it has medicinal properties too!
  • Echeveria – a spiny succulent that’s incredibly durable but holds no toxins or spines that might hurt your dog if they come near.
  • Money Tree – a popular indoor tree that grows in swamps and is great for both pets and for purifying the air of chemicals (such as from cleaning supplies, etc.).
  • Moth Orchid – a beautiful flower with moth-like petals that comes in a variety of colors but requires little maintenance.
  • Parlor Palm – a popular plant with lots of stems and leaves that will look great in the corner of a room to add a little something extra.
  • Peperomia – a plant with small, round leaves that require very little care and are incredibly sturdy, so pet safe in many ways!
  • Pony Tail Palm – a small tree with long, slender leaves that holds up well under stress and provides a nice pop of green to any room.
  • Spider Plant – another popular houseplant with slender, striped leaves that are also amazing for purifying the air in your home. 

Top Toxic Plants To Avoid If You Have Dogs

woman gardening safe plants for dogs

Of course, in addition to many plants that are safe for your home if you have dogs (or other pets), there are some popular plants that you will want to avoid! Ranging from vegetables and fruits to pretty houseplants, keep these away from your dogs to avoid any chance of accidental poisoning. 

  • Amaryllis Bulb
  • Aloe Vera 
  • Apple Tree
  • Apricot Tree
  • Azalea/Rhododendron
  • Begonia
  • Boxwood
  • Cherry Tree
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Coleus
  • Crocus Bulb
  • Cycads/Sago Palm
  • Daisy (excluding the Blue-eyed African Daisy and the Gerbera Daisy)
  • Dog Hobble/Fetter Bush/Black Laurel
  • Elephant Ear
  • Geranium
  • Holly
  • Hosta
  • Hyacinth Bulb
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lavender
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Lobelia
  • Milkweed
  • Mint
  • Monkshood or wolfsbane
  • Nicotiana
  • Oleander
  • Onions and others in the allium family such as garlic and chives
  • Oregano
  • Peach Tree
  • Peony
  • Pieris or Andromeda
  • Potatoes (fully cooked potatoes are edible)
  • Tarragon
  • Tomato Plants (ripe tomatoes are safe for dogs)
  • Tulip
  • Wisteria
  • Yew

Most of these plants will cause gastrointestinal distress, vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and potentially seizures. Keep an eye out for these symptoms, especially if you’ve been near any of these plants with your dog.

There are other plants that may also be poisonous to dogs, of course, especially if consumed in large quantities. For a full list, visit the ASPCA’s page on toxic plants for dogs.

Keeping your dog safe is an important job, and providing a safe home and yard for your pup is essential to helping your pet live a long and happy life. If you’d like help keeping your yard safe, you may want to consider hiring a poop-scooping service to give you a hand. 

Our team would be happy to scoop the poop in your yard and help keep it safe for your dog. Check out our services to learn more and don’t hesitate to get in touch! We would love to help you provide a safe, pleasant yard for your dog to enjoy life in.