Pet Friendly Gardening

Our pets are such a huge part of our lives and many of us consider them as part of our families, so it’s so important that they stay safe in our gardens. Luckily, this doesn’t mean our gardens have to be boring, as there are many beautiful plants that also happen to be pet friendly.

Plants to avoid
There are some plants which should be avoided completely by pet owners as they are toxic to pets. These include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Lilies
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Azalea
  • Lily of the valley
  • Aconitum
This is just a short list of some common plants that are toxic to pets. It’s always worth checking before buying a plant to see if it’s safe for pets. That way, you can be secure in the knowledge that your furry friends will come to no harm whilst they play outside in your garden.

Pet friendly plants
Fear not! There are still plenty of plants that are suitable for a pet-friendly garden. Some of our favourites are:

Scabious are completely non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses. Not only that, but they also are great for pollinating wildlife such as bees and butterflies who love the nectar-rich centres of their blooms.  
Scabiosa columbaria Butterfly Blue-
Scabious Butterfly Blue is a particularly beautiful variety, with masses of pincushion-like blue blooms that are held on slender stems through summer and into autumn. They also look great for a wildflower planting style. 

Coreopsis are another great choice as again they are non-toxic to cats, dogs and horses. They come in a range of bright colours, from yellow, to red, to pink. They’re also loved by bees and butterflies and are great for containers.
Coreopsis Golden Sphere-
 Why not try this stunning compact variety of Coreopsis? Bright golden yellow rounded blooms that look like pom poms bloom through summer and autumn. They also make great cut flowers, so you can enjoy them in vases in the home too. 

Kniphofia are also non-toxic to cats, dogs and horses. They’re great for adding bright pops of colour into the garden and they look rather exotic, whilst still being a fully hardy plant.
Kniphofia Popsicle Orange-
 Kniphofia Popsicle Orange is a compact variety but sure does pack a punch. Orange and white tubular flowers bloom in summer, forming spikes above its grassy foliage. 

Other tips
As well as avoiding toxic plants, there are a few more things you can do to make your garden safe for your pets.

Be wary of grass seeds
Grass seeds can get into your pets’ eyes, eyes and between their toes. In fact, my own dog had to be taken to the vets to have a grass seed removed from his eye when he was a puppy. Make sure to keep your pets away from grass that is freshly seeded for a few days. 

Keep dogs away from slugs and snails
Make sure to keep an eye on your dog when they're out in the garden so that they do not eat any slugs, snails or frogs as they may contract Lungworm from these creatures.

Make your garden secure
This one is more specific to dogs. As we know, dogs enjoy digging, so it's very important that we make sure our fences are secure at the base and are high enough so that they can't jump over the fence either.

You can find a comprehensive list of both cat and dog friendly plants on our website at

Happy gardening Haylofters!


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