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Looking to spice up your garden or your balcony, but unsure which are plants safe for dogs? We’ve got your back. We’ve done some of the legwork for you and picked out ten garden favorites that will add color and visual interest without harming your pets.
Not seeing what you want? The ASPCA has a huge list of toxic and non-toxic plants to refer to when you shop.
Dog-Safe Plants for Yard or Garden
This is a cold-hardy palm tree that grows well in pots or in the ground, even in places like Seattle or Michigan. If you thought you couldn’t pull off a tropical oasis in your own backyard, here’s the key to paradise. $37
This gorgeous variety of basil still whips up a delicious (purple) pesto, but also brings stunning color to your garden beds. Plant these guys after all chance of frost is over, and give them plenty of water and a place in the sun. Cut and eat what you want and you and your dog can enjoy until the first frost of the year. $4.98
African daisies are a drought-tolerant annual available in a huge range of colors. These flowers add a pop of color anywhere you want (partial to full sun) all summer long. The best part of all? They don’t smell funky like those Shasta daisies. $35.28 for a four-pack
All rosemary is suitable for culinary use and pet safe, but this creeping variety is a hardy way to fill empty spaces in your yard with a low, fluffy cloud of evergreen. The trailing stems look especially beautiful cascading over the edge of a raised bed or container. This sun-loving ground cover will release a waft of scent whenever your dog scampers through. $5.99 for two
Coral Bells grow low mounds of leaves in a range of shades from green to orange to black, with small sprigs of tiny flowers on long stems waving far above. There are many varieties to choose from, but this variegated coral variety looks like a winner. $10.99
Pineapple sage smells amazing, attracts hummingbirds with its pink tubular flowers, and is a tasty addition to everything from fruit salads and salsas to sangria. Bright like an annual but may come back in spring if your winter is kind. $4.98
This low-growing, shade-loving perennial adds a splash of pink all summer long. Perennial in warm climates, and even makes a nice houseplant. $25.90 for six plants
Beautiful tropical foliage with a stand of stunning red blooms will add pizazz to any full sun spot in your garden. $8.88 for 3 bulbs
This tasty bulb has beautiful feathery foliage and the flavor of licorice. $7.49 for two plants
Everyone loves a snapdragon patch. Easy to grow from seed in full sun, this mix produces a range of colors from yellow to red on tall stems. Makes great cut flower arrangements too. $1.69
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