Spring Gardens That Are Safe For Dogs Part II: Plants and Flowers to Use in a Pet-Friendly Garden

puppy in garden As we begin to plan for our spring gardens, it is important to take into account your pets’ health and safety in your planning.

First and foremost, it should be a top priority to learn about what plants and flowers can be harmful or toxic to your pets. Once you have learned which plants to avoid when planning out your gardens, now is time to figure out what plants and flowers are best to use if you have pups who spend a lot of time in the backyard.

Here are some garden flowers and plants that are safe for dogs as well as other tips for making a pet-safe backyard oasis.


Plants and Flowers That Are Safe for Dogs

Edible Flowers

The safest flowers for your pets are the ones that are also completely edible for humans. These include violets, pansies, and roses. Flowers that stem from vegetables, such as squash, are also ok for pups.


One of the most famous varieties of marigold is called “Lemon Gem” for its lemon-like color and yummy lemon flavor.


Culinary herbs like parsley, oregano, sage, thyme, mint, and rosemary are all safe for dogs. Apart from not being toxic, they also pack a strong taste, so your pets will likely avoid them. Aromatic herbs such as lavender and mint are also a great choice.


A strawberry patch, apple trees, and raspberry canes are all wonderful dog-friendly additions to your garden. Dogs can learn to pick berries or other fruit if they acquire a taste for it, so don’t be surprised if your harvest is severely lacking at “dog-height.”

Other Ways to Make Your Garden Pet-Friendly

Make Use of Shade 

A shaded sandbox or sand pit is very pet-friendly; particularly as many dogs love to dig out a cool space to lie in during the warmer months. If you are not a fan of sand, adding a layer of wood chips to a small area is an ideal lazy afternoon spot for Fido.

Use Cedar Chips for Comfy Mulch

Small cedar chips are easy on paws yet large enough so they won’t cling to silky coats. The soft and cushy feel of these wood chips is very comfortable for the little pups to lounge on as well.

Make a Plant Free Running Perimeter

Leave a plant-free “patrolling” area around the perimeter of your yard; dogs instinctively cruise boundaries and fence lines to “protect” a home.

Spring gardens are one of the most enjoyable things to plan and look forward to in the coming months. Having a beautiful garden and fun backyard for your family and pets is possible when keeping the health and safety of your furry family members in mind.

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