Is your garden getting “boring” with a few plants? Well, like any other decision you make, you should always consider the repercussions. Therefore, if you are looking to add some more plants to your collection; do not forget that you have a pet around.
Animals can sometimes chew on anything that comes their way. As such, make sure that whatever you add to your garden is not only beautiful but also safe for your dog. In this article, we have done some research and made a list of such plants to make your decision a lot easier. Hopefully, this piece will be helpful to you. Enjoy!
One of the best additions to your garden is this beautiful adaptable plant. The best thing about a daylily is not just the fact that it is safe for your pet, but it also does not need a lot of attention. A daylily can survive in your garden for many years and can grow in different light and soil conditions. Therefore, it is one the perfect options for you as you will not need a lot of prior planning. However, the ideal condition is fertile soil and full sunlight. Another advantage is that they grow quite vigorously and their flowers will make your garden beautiful within a few days. Go ahead and add a daylily to your flower collection.
Have you ever heard of camellia? If not, then consider it one of the candidates that could make it to your garden. Camellias are mostly found in southern Asia and have over 200 species. These evergreen shrubs have alternately-arranged flowers that are thick and serrated. It takes quite a long time for this plant to grow fully but once they are months older they become rooted in your garden. After a successful first-time growth, you will find them coming back annually without very little effort. Although they can grow in a wide range of light and soils, their ideal condition is partial shade. Most camellia species may also fail to survive in calcium-rich soil. The amount of watering they will need depends on their maturity. If it is a new addition, a lot of watering will be required; which may not be the case once the plant has matured.
Apart from being safe to your dog, Dill is also an herb that is widely used in Eurasia. It is the only species found in the Anethum genus. Fresh or dried dill leaves are quite aromatic and are used to add some flavor to a variety food including fish dishes and pickles. However, it is best if used while fresh because drying removes some flavour. The plant is also processed to make Dill oil which is usually used in making soaps. Therefore, growing this plant in your garden has a lot of advantages, both economically and aesthetically. Don’t be worried about your pet because even if they chew on any part of Dill, they will not be in any serious trouble.
- Garden Marigolds
The beauty of these flowers is undebatable, but there are more benefits that they bring to your garden. One main advantage, since you have a dog around, is that it is very safe for your pet. Garden Marigolds attracts bees to the garden which is sometimes a natural protective measure for your vegetables. It also has a strong scent that repels bugs which would have otherwise infested your plants. Their sprouting flowers make your garden an unbelievable beauty.
Another plant that you could use as an improvement to your garden is the fuchsia. It has a striking two-tone color and unusually-shaped flowers. The flowers are also quite delicate and need a lot of care. They are a perfect addition to any part of your garden. More often than not, you will find this plant growing in hanging baskets. The fuchsias are best suited to mild temperature climates and bloom throughout the fall season.
- Magnolia Bushes
Whenever this is mentioned, what comes to mind is the magnolias trees. However, what many people don’t know is that magnolia can also grow into a bush. It can be grown as a shrub or also pruned into a beautiful tree. It is quite difficult to make out the difference between a magnolia bush and magnolia tree since they both bring the same advantage to your garden’s appearance with their fragrant flowers. To top it up, they are among the safest plants for your dogs or any other pet for that case.
- Purple Basil
As the name suggests, the purple color of this plant improves the appearance of your garden. It is also perfectly edible, which makes it your best option when it comes to garden plants. You will not have to worry about your dog’s health when you find it chewing its leaves or branches. Basil can be sprinkled on a salad and can also be added to tea. The taste is amazingly great for those who love to have various flavors in their food. However, after it flowers, basil begins to taste somewhat bitter and becomes less aromatic.
If you have pets that like chewing on leaves, then thyme is an ideal upgrade to your garden. This herb needs very little attention when it comes to maintenance. All you have to do is make sure it receives enough sunlight and some water. You can add it to your roasted meat, soup, or potatoes and enjoy the flavor. The medical advantages of thyme include destruction of harmful organisms like bacteria. It is also rich in antimicrobial properties.
- African daisy
The most outstanding characteristic of this plant is the fact that it can withstand dry conditions. African daisies are also available in different colors, hence widening your range of choices. Regardless of the season, you can depend on them for a colorful garden. If you are not a fan of the smell of Shasta daisies, then African daisy will probably be your favorite plant in your garden.
- Creeping Rosemary
This evergreen ground cover can be used to make your yard appear uniformly covered. Fill the empty spaces in your compound with this pet safe rosemary plant. The creeping rosemary, like some of the plants in this list, is also very edible. The leaves and flowers are both equally tasty and can be used to add some flavor to your food.
- Heuchera (Coral Bells)
If you are looking for the most adaptive flower, consider making coral bells your go-to plant. Heuchera can literally fit in any flower bed and still give that perfect appearance. They are both delicate and colorful but, unfortunately, not too flashy. Most of them are purple, but you will also find some lime green and red too.
- Pineapple Sage
Its ability to attract hummingbirds shows how colorful and great addition this will be to your garden. Pineapple sage has pink and tubular flowers that are significant to its general appearance. Also, it is edible and can be used in fruit salads and sangria.
- Polka Dot Plant
Polka dot plant is a popular houseplant that comes with many leaf-types and colors. You, therefore, should consider adding it to your indoor garden. It originates from Madagascar where it grows quite quickly. Although it may not grow with the same speed in your garden, it will definitely thrive if given the necessary care.
Fennel has become quite popular all over the world not only because of their adaptive nature but also due to the nutrition benefits. All parts are edible and add aromatic properties to your food. It can grow almost anywhere, which gives you an easy time while preparing your garden.
If you are looking for a flower to grow on your fall or spring garden, snapdragons are your best pick. Snapdragon flowers bloom from the bottom of the stalk upwards, which in turn increases their bloom period. They stand out during cool weather but tend to stop when it gets a little warmer. However, that can be prevented through continuous watering.
The options provided in this article are enough to keep your garden lively throughout the year. Note that all the plants recommended here are safe for your dog, or any other pet you have around. If all that is worrying you is the health of your pet friend, then it is time to change everything in your garden to a favorable collection. Many pets fall sick because of chewing some toxic plants planted in one’s garden. You can avoid this by confirming the toxicity of a flower before deciding to add it in your backyard. The safety of your pet starts with you!