Best Dog-Safe Perennial Flowers:
Planting a few perennials 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 is toxic to your dog.
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.
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.
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.
The Honeysuckle Fuchsia is a colorful, non-toxic choice for your dog-safe garden. These exotic looking beauties are shaped like little hanging lanterns. Fuchsia flowers come in shades of red, magenta, pink, and purple.
Pansies come in a variety of colors including white, yellow, blue, purple, orange, and red. Amazon has some Awesome Swiss Giants Pansy Seeds.
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 balm spreads rapidly and comes back each year.
Hens and Chicks:
Hens and Chicks are fast-growing succulents that are safe around dogs. They are easy to grow and do not require a lot of water. They are a great addition to any flower or rock garden.
These flowers are usually grown as annual flowers, but are actually perennial flowers. These pretty flowers are dog-safe 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 garden.
Note: Nasturtium (Watercress) is Toxic to dogs.
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. Madagascar Jasmine is safe and non-toxic to dogs.
Note: Cape Jasmine and Paraguayan Jasmine ARE TOXIC to dogs.
The Perfect Addition to a Dog-Safe Garden: Life Is Better With A Dog Garden Flag.
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 do your research before planting any flowers to keep your dog safe.
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): Gerbera Daisies originated from Africa. Types of Gerbera Daisies: Gerbera Jamesonii and Lollipop Gerber.
Chrysanthemum Daises (Toxic): The Painted Daisy and the Tiger Tail are Very Toxic to your dog. These flowers originated from China.
These pretty flowers look ‘similar’, so be extra cautious if you choose to add them to your garden.
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.
What about Dog-Friendly Shrubs or Bushes? Each shrub is listed as non-toxic to dogs, but keep in mind, your pup can still get sick if they take a bite out of your plants.
Best Dog-Friendly Shrubs For Your Garden:
Forsythia (aka: Golden Bells)
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.
If your dog does ingest any poisonous flowers, call your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline: (855) 764-7661.
Toxic Flowers For Dogs
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.
Related Post: Flowers That Are Toxic To Dogs, by the ASPCA
Cocoa bean mulch is made from cocoa shells and contains theobromine, which is very toxic to dogs.
Pine needle mulch is sharp, and if ingested can puncture the lining of your dog’s stomach. So, skip the cocoa bean and pine needle mulch.
It’s best to stick with cedar mulch, untreated wood mulch, or hemlock mulch instead.
Printable Dog-Safe Flowers List
When you are ready to purchase those dog-friendly flowers for your garden, take along our Free Printable list of Dog-Safe Flowers with you. Printer scale settings need to be fit to paper.
Benefits Of Gardening:
Gardening is good for your health. Planting your beautiful flower garden can be therapeutic and a nice stress reliever. 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.
What Dog-Friendly Flowers do you like to plant each year? Let us know below in the comments.