Dog-friendly plants to add to your garden and tips on how to grow them

Make your garden safe for your best bud (Picture: Getty Images)

Spending time with your dog out in the garden is one of life’s great joys.

However, when it comes to deciding what to put in said garden, you need to be careful about the plants you choose.

Some plants contain toxins that are harmful to dogs, and are liable to cause them to suffer problems like vomiting and diarrhoea.

Not exactly the picture of a blissful summer day.

We’ve already covered houseplants that are pet-safe, now the experts at tails.com have helped us put together a list of pet-safe plants that live outside and how to care for them.

They also suggest that, if your dog has a habit of misbehaving in the garden, you should try adding specific play routes if yours is big enough, such as a designated digging area (think sandpit) away from your lovely blooms, with different types of textured soil underfoot.

Michaelmas Daisies

Dainty Autumn Asters

Very cute little flowers (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Sow: March-April
Plant: March-May
Flowers: July-October

Michaelmas Daisies, aka asters, make a very cute addition to any garden and come in shades of blue, white, purple and pink.

The team at Tails say these guys grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade, and that they should be cut back after flowering.


A classic bloom (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)

Sow: March-May
Plant: April-June
Flowers: June-September

Sunflowers are some of the most popular blooms in the world for a reason – they’re striking and perfect for summer.

Aside from yellow, sunflowers also come in white, green and red variations.

Depending on the type, these plants tend to bloom 11-18 weeks after sowing, so the team recommend sowing seeds every couple of weeks to ensure you’ve got a steady supply of flowers blooming over the summer.

Snapdragons (Antirrhinums) 

Associated with cottage gardens (Picture: Getty Images/EyeEm)

Sow: March
Plant: May-June
Flowers: June-October

Snapdragons are easy to grow, loved by bees and perfect for anyone looking to live their cottagecore fantasy.

The blooms, which come in a variety of colours, also last over a week when cut and put in water, so they’ll help brighten up the inside of your home too.


Pink Perfection Camellia

These guys flower beautifully (Picture: Getty Images)

Plant: Oct-November
Flowers: October-April
Prune: April-May

Camellias are an evergreen shrub that flower beautifully in late winter and early spring, so they’ll help keep your garden bright all year round.

There are thousands of different types to choose from, and their shiny leaves help keep the plant looking great even when it’s not flowering.

These plants need acidic soil, but they’ll be happy enough in a pot if the soil in your garden isn’t suited to them.

The team say they should live somewhere partially shaded and sheltered from the wind.

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