How To Make Your Garden Pet-Friendly

While other people’s pets may not be welcome in places where rare and precious plants are grown, cat and dog lovers will want to ensure that their pets will not be harmed by any of the flowers and shrubs in their garden. There are a number of common plants that are highly toxic for animals so it is well to be aware of these. This article by Patricia Oelze which I found on Dave’s Garden website describes a number of plants that can be grown that are safe for your pets.

It’s that time of year when you are just itching to get outside and plant something. But is your garden a good place for your pet?
Of course, some of you live in an area where it is nice and warm outside all year long, but those of us who live in the cooler climates start getting that urge around April or May. If you have a dog or cat that likes to roam around in the yard, you may be worried about what flowers you can plant that will not be dangerous for your pet. Not just because they may be poisonous, but some can be downright painful, like the Arizona Sunset (Echinopsis spp.), the Pincushion (Mammillaria spp.), and the Hedgehog cacti (Echinocereus spp.).? Here are some beautiful flowers that are safe for most animals.

Blue Daisy (Felicia amelloides)
The Blue Daisy is a small shrub-like evergreen with bright blue flowers and bright yellow middles. The stems are sometimes red, and they can grow up to about two or three feet tall. They grow in any climate as long as you bring them indoors during the winter in the colder climates (below 32 degrees Fahrenheit). However, in zones 9-11 they have been known to continue blooming all winter long.

Camellia (Camellia japonica)
These flowering evergreens are Asian natives that enjoy living in partly shaded areas in zones 7-9. They can grow up to 12 feet tall with leather-like dark green leaves and bloom in purple, yellow, red, pink, and white. Like most flowers, they do well with soil that drains well and is organically rich. There are many varieties and cultivars with single or double flower types.

Canna lily (Canna generalis)
The Canna Lily likes full sun with rich, well-draining soil, and will flourish in zones 7-10. These gorgeous plants have dazzling flower spikes in shades of yellow, pink, orange, red, and cream. Even when not in bloom, the giant leaves are dramatic on their own and can grow up to eight feet tall.

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