Spring and summer time is the perfect opportunity to be in the garden and adding a few plants that can bring a touch of color to your garden.
However, it is important to keep in mind that some plants that may not be toxic towards you might be for your pet.
Some of these plants can cause your pet to become ill and uncomfortable. Some plants are even prone to fleas and ticks, something that you want to make sure that your pet avoids.
This is why it is important to educate yourself as a pet owner to make sure that your garden is toxic free so you can relax when your pet is running around in the garden.
Here is a list of toxic and pet friendly plants:
Limnanthes Douglasii – are a bright yellow color and look great in a summer and spring garden. They are easy to maintain and are inexpensive, as you just need a few seeds to get a bunch of these flowers to grow.
Benefits: Helps with pest control
Acer – grows into a large beautiful deep red tree. They are easy to maintain and is great for any season.
Benefits: Grows large enough to provide shade for your pet during the hot summers.
California Lilac – these are beautiful plant with tiny blue, pink or white flowers that can add color into your garden during the spring and summer.
Buddleja – is a seasonal plant that lasts 4 to 6 weeks and attracts butterflies.
Warning: This plant contains pollen; if your pet is allergic it is a good idea to avoid it.
Sunflowers – are a beautiful yellow flower that can add a touch of color in the summer and in the spring.
Benefits: They grow tall so you do not need to worry about your pet chewing them up.
Blueberries – are perfect if you want to grow a fruit garden. They grow on a beautifully leafed plant that can add color to your garden.
Benefits: Blueberries are a fruit that your pet can also eat and enjoy as well.
Phalaenopsis Orchids – if you are looking for an indoor plant that is pet safe than an orchid is the perfect fit.
Rosemary – has a rich beautiful color and smell and is perfectly safe for your pets.
Benefits: boosts your pet’s immune system.
Peppermint – if you want to grow a herb garden that is not toxic for your pet than make sure you plant some peppermint.
Benefits: Helps with indigestion and nausea.
Grass – is a safe plant that will not cause your pet to become ill if they decide to chew or eat it.
Warning: Need to make sure that there are no harmful chemicals on the grass.
Amaryllis – is a favorite holiday plant. However, the bulb of the plant is very toxic. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and tremors.
Azalea – is a pretty pink flower where only a few leaves if eaten by your pet can cause serious health problems. For example, loss of appetite, weakness, weak heart rate and can sometimes lead to death.
Aloe Vera – has many health benefits for humans but has the opposite effect on animals. It can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, and tremors.
Baby’s Breath – is an elegant light pink and white flower but is really hard for pets to digest this plant. Therefore, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Begonia – is a flower that comes in many colors and is usually found in flower arrangements. Can be really toxic towards your pets. It can cause oral irritation, burning, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
Daffodil – are toxic and the most toxic part of the plant are the bulbs. It can cause vomiting, low blood pressure, and tremors.
Lilies – are extremely toxic towards cats but not to dogs. They can cause liver failure in cats.
Tomato plants – this plant and fruit won’t cause death but can cause weakness. For example, it can cause diarrhea and drowsiness.
Tulips – are extremely toxic especially the bulbs. They can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, loss of appetite, depression, and cardiac abnormalities.
Tip – If you still want some of these toxic flowers in your garden, but want to make sure that your pets are safe; than hanging baskets might be for you. They are high up so it will be extremely hard for your pet to get a hold of them.