Pet-Friendly Plants for a Family Garden

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Pet-Friendly Plants for a Family Garden

Us Brits are well-known for our huge love of our pets, other nationalities seem bewildered by the time and money we invest in our dogs, cats and other beloved animals. We go to great lengths to ensure our pets are happy, healthy and content in their lives – from controlling their diets to buying them an array of toys and treats.

If your pet loves to explore the back garden, but you are concerned that your plants may be dangerous if digested – we have collected a list of our favourite pet-friendly plants for your garden.


Simple to grow, beautiful to behold and non-threatening to greedy dogs, geraniums are an ideal addition to your pet-friendly garden. Make sure you don’t mistake pelargoniums for geraniums however, as these can be toxic and dangerous to animals who gobble them up. The dense shrubbery and beautiful purple flowers help create a classic English garden aesthetic.



A popular flower for green-fingered youngsters to attempt to plant; sunflowers are super easy to grow. Luckily for young families with pups who love to explore the back garden, sunflowers offer no risk to their wellbeing.

Lambs Ears

The unusual foliage of lambs ears makes them appear as though they may be hazardous when consumed by curious pets. However, their soft, velvety leaves offer no threat to animals, and the unusual texture is likely to be off-putting to pets who fancy a chomp.


Houseleeks have a slightly unusual history, having been grown upon cottage roofs of yesteryear with the purpose of warding off fires, lightning and the evil spells of passing witches. They are now more commonly found in rock gardens – where they hopefully ward dogs from digging up your plant pots.

California Lilacs

california lilacs

Although you may be upset if a pet has munched their way through your California lilacs, you shouldn’t be too worried about any negative health effects. The tiny blue flowers of the plant pose little threat to the welfare of cats and dogs.


A fixture of the classically English garden, roses offer no hazards to passing pets with a palate for flowers — though it would be a shame to lose the most romantic of flowers to the gullet of the family dog.

Busy Lizzie

The beautifully vibrant colours of busy lizzies make an attractive and comprehensive covering for foliage in the back garden. Cats, in particular, are drawn to exploring these beautiful flowers – so it’s lucky they’re not hazardous to pets.

Tiger Orchid

Named for the unique tiger-style colouration of the petals, tiger orchids are a unique and bewitching addition to the back garden. Don’t worry too much if the pets are also captivated by the unique patterns, they are non-toxic – despite their predatory appearance.

tiger orchid

Wild Strawberry

The captivating smell of the wild strawberry means it is one of the most likely plants to get gobbled up by the family’s four-legged glutton. Just try and make sure the family pet doesn’t eat too many of the tasty berries – too much can lead to a bad belly, even if they are not hazardous.

Venus Fly Trap

Unless your pet is a fly, normal Venus fly traps are completely hazard-free. Despite their sharp incisors and dangerous reputation – a Venus fly trap will offer little-to-no threat to the family pooch or moggy.

These plants have been listed as pet-friendly by the ASPCA (the American version of the RSPCA), but it is worth noting that slight variations may occur between different plant species. Additionally, individual animals may have their own allergies or dietary requirements.

For more help creating a stunning garden which complements your family life, visit the Capital Gardens website, or call our dedicated team on 0208 348 5054.

Image credits: Philip Clifford, Swallowtail Garden Seeds, madaise

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