Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

Flowers You Can Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

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The warm weather is finally here.  I’ll bet you are so ready to get outside and start planting… I know I am!  Before gardening to your hearts content this year, take a look at some flowers that are non-toxic and safe around your dog.

Be wary of the flowers that are poisonous to your furry friend.  No worries though, we have a large list of Colorful Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden.

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Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

Best Dog-Safe Annual Flowers:

My husband and I really look forward to planting new flowers in our garden every spring.  But, we do have two dogs of our own and we need to keep their safety in mind.  I was super happy to find out that there are plenty of dog-friendly flowers that I can plant this year and not worry as much about my dogs getting poisoned if they get into the garden.

  • Roses:
    Roses are non-toxic flowers that are pretty safe for dogs.  Don’t let your pup get too close though, they have some prickly thorns, so they may require a little decorative fence to protect your dog.

    Did you know that you can buy a lovely Apricot Pink Climbing Rose starter Bush on Amazon?

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden
  • Zinnias:
    These pretty flowers are safe for your canine friend as well.   They can really add some brilliant color to your flower garden.  Zinnias bloom from them middle of summer until the season’s first frost. They attract hummingbirds and butterflies, which help with the flower pollination.  They are known as the “cut and come again flowers” because they can produce a new flower after trimming the stem above the leaves.  Find some neat Candy Striped Zinnias on Amazon.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden
  • Snapdragons:
    Lovely snapdragons are also safe for dogs. They are considered a “self-seeding” annual flower. They do best in full sun.

  • African Violet:
    These cute flowers are safe for your dog.   Violets are fairly easy to maintain and they grow best in filtered light, not direct sun.  They make a nice colorful addition to your home with their pretty blooms.

  • Orchids:

    The Phalaenopsis Orchid (aka: Moth Orchid or Moon Orchid) are non-toxic to dogs.  Orchids can brighten up your home for several months at a time.  Fertilizer is recommended to keeping theses beauties growing, which is toxic, so keep them up where your dog can’t reach them if you have one in your home.

  • Petunias:
    Petunias are perennial flowers that are planted in the spring, then bloom throughout the warm months.  They are safe and will not harm your furry companion.

  • Sunflowers:
    These golden flowers are safe for dogs.  Sunflowers will add lots of charm to your flower garden and style to your home, so you can enjoy them all you like.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

Benefits of Gardening:

Gardening has so many mental and emotional benefits for everyone.  Planting your beautiful flower garden can be a nice stress reliever and really quite therapeutic.  Make sure your flowers are safe for your dog to give you an extra piece of mind so you can enjoy your gorgeous blooms this season.

Best Dog-Safe Perennial Flowers:

Planting a few perennials around the house is a great idea so you don’t have to replant them every year.  Which perennial plants are safe for dogs?

Keep in mind, the following dog-friendly flowers are safe to plant in your garden, but adding any pesticides or fertilizers will make them toxic to your dog.

  • Lilies:
    Lilies are not toxic to dogs, but they are toxic to cats.  This brilliantly colored flower likes full to partial sun.  Lilies grow from bulbs and show off their beautiful blooms in the summer time.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden
  • Hollyhocks:
    Hollyhocks aren’t poisonous to dogs, but their leaves and stems have sharp fibers that can cause an irritation and an itchy rash if your dog rubs up against the plant.  Hollyhocks are considered a short-lived perennial because most varieties only live two to three years.

  • Columbine:
    The Columbine flower is a colorful, non-toxic choice for your dog-safe garden.  Hummingbirds love Columbines.  They like to grow in partial shade and actually grow well in rock gardens.

  • Pansies:

    These pleasing and edible flowers are safe for dogs. Pansies come in a variety of colors including white, yellow, blue, purple, orange, and red.  Amazon has some Awesome Swiss Giants Pansy Seeds.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden
  • Bee Balm:

    Bee Balm is a non-toxic plant that is safe for dogs and will add a beautiful aroma to your garden.  Bee Balm comes in shades of pink, purple, red, and white. Bee balms spread rapidly and come back each year.  These flowers grow well in the shade or the sun.

  • Hens and Chicks:

    Hens and Chicks, sometimes called Houseleeks, grow outdoors as perennials.  Hens and Chicks are fast-growing succulents that are a safe plant to have around dogs.  They are easy to grow and do not require a lot of water. They thrive in full to partial sun. They are a great addition to any flower or rock garden.

  • Nasturtiums:

    Usually grown as annual flowers, but are actually perennial flowers. Theses pretty flowers are dog-safe, edible (spicy flavor), and will add a nice aroma to any garden. Nasturtiums don’t need fertilizers, so they are easy to plant in different locations of your yard or garden.

  • Jasmine:
    Jasmine is a delightful plant that is safe to have around your pup. It prefers warm temperatures, a good amount of water, and needs additional potassium to grow.

Questionable Dog-Safe Flowers:

Some flowers boast that they are non-toxic and dog friendly, but they have toxic relatives that look almost identical… So, I’m labeling the following flowers as “questionable”  and “plant at your own risk” flowers.  Always make sure to do your research before planting to keep your dog safe.

  • Gerbera Daisies:
    Gerbera Daisies are not toxic to Dogs,  but the Daisy Chrysanthemums are toxic to dogs.

    What are the differences between Daisy Chrysanthemum and Gerbera Daisies? 

    Gerbera Daisies (Non-Toxic): Also known as the Transvaal or African daisies, because they originated from Africa.  This daisy species comes in many different colors: pink to orange, yellow, white, and red.  Butterflies and Birds love the Gerber daisy.  Types of Gergera Daisies: Gerbera Jamesonii and the Lollipop Gerber.

    Chrysanthemum Daises (Toxic): The Painted Daisy and the Tiger Tail are Very Toxic to your dog. These flowers originated from China.

    I’ll be honest, these pretty flowers look ‘similar’, so be extra cautious if you choose to add them to your flower garden.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden
  • Marigolds:

    Are marigolds toxic to dogs?  Some marigolds are toxic to dogs and some aren’t toxic.  Many flowers in the marigold family can cause your dog to have GI issues when eaten and also cause skin irritation if touched.  Pot marigolds are considered non-toxic to dogs if eaten.

    If your pup eats the wrong type of Marigold, symptoms of Marigold Poisoning include vomiting, excessive drooling, upset stomach and pain, diarrhea, redness and irritation of the skin, nose, and eyes.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

Dog-Friendly Shrubs:

What about Dog-Friendly Shrubs or Bushes?  They can be a nice addition to a garden.  Each of the shrubs listed below is a great choice for dog owners to plant in their garden or around the house.  Each shrub is listed as non-toxic to dogs, but keep in mind, your pup can still get sick if they take a bite our of your plants.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

Best Dog-Friendly Shrubs For Your Garden:

  • Tropical Hibiscus

  • Crepe Myrtle

  • Hawthorn

  • Magnolia

  • Figleaf Palm

  • Bamboo Palm

  • Oregon Grape

  • Forsythia (aka: Golden Bells)

  • Boston Fern

  • Foxglove

  • Periwinkle

  • Peony

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

What Flowers are Edible?

Some beautiful flowers are edible and can add some flare to a fancy salad.  Violets, pansies, sunflower petals, and rose petals can be eaten raw by people and dogs, as long as they weren’t treated with insecticides, that is.

What Flowers Can Make Dogs Sick?

Some of the most popular flowers that are poisonous to dogs include Azalea, Buttercups, Chrysanthemums, Dahlia, Gardenias, Gladiolas, Hibiscus, Hyacinth, Hydrangeas, Mums, Primroses, Oleander, Rhododendrons, Rose of Sharon, and Sweet Peas.  The ASPCA Website has a large list of flowers that are toxic to Dogs Here.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden


Now, don’t let your pup feast on your garden plants or flowers just because they are non-toxic.  Some plants and flowers can still make your dog very sick.  Continue to remain cautious about your dog rooting around the garden.

In case your dog does ingest any flowers that are poisonous, give your vet a call or call the Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661.

So, when you are ready to purchase those dog-friendly flowers for your garden, take along our Free List of Dog-Safe Flowers with you.

Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden

What Dog-Friendly Flowers do you like to plant each year?  Let us know below in the comments.

10 Colorful Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden
10 Colorful Flowers You CAN Plant in A DOG-SAFE Garden