8 Dog-Friendly Plants to Grow in Your Outdoor Garden
Are you a dog owner who wants to add more variety of plants to your backyard? Unfortunately, there are a lot of seemingly-harmless plants that can be dangerous to dogs, so as a dog owner, you need to pay special attention to what you grow in the garden. We picked out ten outdoor plants that are dog-friendly and safe for your pooch to play among.
1. Dill Herbs
Did you know that there are a few common kitchen herbs and spice that are toxic for dogs and cats? This includes the likes of Bay Laurel, chives, and garlic. Fortunately, dills don’t fall under this. Dills are annual herbs that are very easy to grow.
There are a lot of health benefits associated with dills. They are an important source of antioxidant and also contain plenty of vitamin like vitamin A. You can also add a bit of freshly-grown dill to the dog food so that your furry pal can also enjoy the health benefits.
2. Garden Marigolds
According to the ASPCA, flowers like garden marigolds are also considered non-toxic to dogs. They can make great garden plants due to their colorful appearance and their ability to repel certain species of pests like fleas and aphids.
In general, marigolds grow best when they are planted anytime during the midsummer although this may differ based on the species of marigold you intend to grow in the backyard. Marigolds grow best in sunny conditions so make sure they are grown in open areas so that you can experience the full bloom of the beautiful flowers.
Thyme is another species of herb that’s fine for dogs and cats. They can be grown both indoors and outdoors. When grown outdoors, the thyme plants should be placed in areas that receive plenty of sunlight. Like what we mentioned about dill herbs, your dog may benefit health-wise if you add a bit of homegrown thyme to their food.
4. African Daisies
African Daisies most definitely fall under the dog-friendly category. They are considered to be drought-tolerant once the plants have established themselves. This makes the African daises a good choice for people that live in places that get the occasional rain.
There will be no harm to your dog’s health if he decides to chew on the plants. You should, however, make sure the dog isn’t accidentally consuming too much of the flowering plant. Otherwise, they may suffer from an upset stomach.
Fennels are another type of culinary plant that’s perfectly safe to be around dogs. The dogs can also enjoy the health benefits of fennel as the plant contains a rich mix of vitamin and minerals. Start growing your own fennels in the yard and let your dog enjoy the mature plant in many forms.
6. Basil Plants
If you are new to gardening then consider growing basil in the yard. They are one of the easiest plants to grow both indoors and outdoors. Once the plants have matured, your dogs can also benefit from the health properties of basil. The simplest way would be adding a pinch of chopped basil on top of your dog’s food.
Sunflowers, specifically those that are grown organically, make a great addition to any garden. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they also have a tendency to attract interesting wildlife species like birds and bumble bees. Your dog will definitely feel entertained by the variety of visitors that are attracted by the sunflowers in the garden.
You an also give your dog a bit of the sunflower seeds once they are harvested. Make sure, however, that the seeds are shelled and unsalted before you give them to the dog. Like any other food, the stomach of some dogs may react poorly to the sunflower seeds so make sure you only give them a tiny amount first to see how they handle the seeds.
Snapdragons are mesmerizing flowers that bloom well in places with cool weather. A mature snapdragon plant will grow from anywhere between 6 to 48 inches (largely depends on the variety of snapdragon you are growing).
As curious animals, your dog will be sure to appreciate the boisterous colors that come from these flowers. We suggest you grow these flowering plants in well-drained, organic soil to increase the chances of seeing the flowers in full bloom.
While all of the above outdoor plants are considered safe for dogs, please do note that some dogs may suffer from allergic reactions so it is always best to limit their exposure to newly-grown plants at first before you let them run around like crazy in the backyard.
Also, as a dog owner, if you ever have any doubt about certain species of plants then we strongly recommend you do two things. First, check with the local vet to determine how safe the plant is for your dog. Second, check with the ASPCA. They provide an online resource to help you determine which plants are toxic to household animals.