Gardening Q&A: Dog-Friendly Plants

Posted by: on September 17th, 2012 | One Comment
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A dog poses among the plants in a garden

Q: Can you suggest some dog-friendly plants and shrubs that are hardy and non-toxic?

That’s the question TLB-Saint_Paul recently posed to our Garden Club Forums:

“I need very hardy plants because of the diverse seasons, and also because my dogs are very active… All plants and shrubs must be non-toxic to my two dogs that love to chew on almost anything.”

A: The last thing you want is a furry friend with an upset tummy … or a crushed, chewed-up flowerbed. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to dogs, cats and horses. Those are the plants to avoid.

Our community associate Gardengail has a slew of recommendations for plants that would be dog-friendly:

  • Texas sage
  • Canna lily
  • Hollyhock
  • Pittosporum
  • Lavenders
  • Natal Plum
  • Forsythia
  • Roses
  • Mock Orange
  • Sword fern

To combat the chewing, Gardengail recommends distracting your dogs with hollow bones stuffed with peanut butter. And go to the Forums to see more of Gardengail’s dog-friendly plant recommendations.

If you want to go even further to make your yard a great place to be a dog, consider adding a running track, border control, comfy mulch, and a piece of driftwood to serve as a marking post.

We get a lot of great gardening and lawn care questions on our online Garden Club Forum. Go see for yourself, and while you’re at it, post a question or two. Your question might be featured right here on the Apron in Gardening Q&A.

And be sure to sign up for the Home Depot Garden Club. You’ll get coupons, sneak peeks at local ads, and access to our terrific projects, how-tos, and garden checklists.

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  1. The effect of friendly plants can be moderated with a little due dilegence. Nice post. Thank you for the info Suzanne.