You love gardening. You love dogs. Gardening plus dogs, however, is not always a winning combination. In addition to our 8-step Dog-Friendly Gardening Checklist, we’ve compiled a list of pet-safe plants for your spring garden, and some plants to avoid. Check it out, and share photos of your garden and your dogs on our Facebook page

10 Colorful Plant Options for Your Pet-Friendly Garden

  1. Petunia
  2. Sunflower
  3. Orchid
  4. Snapdragon
  5. African Violet
  6. Marigold
  7. Pansy
  8. Thyme
  9. Sweet Potato Vine
  10. Rose (non-toxic, but watch out for thorns!)

Looking for pet-safe indoor plants, too? Try a Spider Plant, Blue Echeveria or one of these other plants featured in this blog post.

dog standing next to field of sunflowers

Keep Pets Away from These Potentially Poisonous Plants

  • Aloe
  • Azalea
  • Begonia
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Daffodil
  • Geranium
  • Hydrangea
  • Iris
  • Lily (very toxic for cats)
  • Rhododendron
  • Tulip
  • Wisteria

For a complete list of toxic and non-toxic plants, check out this guide from the ASPCA.

dog and tulips

If you love these plants too much to part with them, consider fencing them off to keep them safely out of reach of your pets. Talk to your local DogWatch® Dealer about installing a hidden fence or adding a garden loop to your existing fence to keep the area off-limits.