All Posts   Posted:   July 18, 2016 by Nicole Forbes

A well-planned garden design provides something for each family member to enjoy. During warm-weather, many of us spend as much, if not more time outdoors than inside; relaxing with friends & family, playing games, enjoying a good book, even preparing and eating our meals outside.

Creating an outdoor space that is safe for everyone while allowing for multiple-uses can be a wonderful challenge, especially when we want to share our gardens with our pets. Many of us are aware of potential harm to our beloved animals that may be caused by plants, fertilizers and pesticides that are not labeled as pet-safe or are improperly applied but these problems can be avoided through thoughtful product selection and careful application done according to the label. In fact, garden-related support products that are labeled as “safe” for people and pets are now widely available in major categories ranging from fertilizers to slug baits, making it easier for consumers to make the best choices for their individual needs.

Whether you are sharing your yard with dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens or other creatures, growing ornamental plants in containers is a sure way to keep your plants looking good while keeping the temptations from your furry (or feathered) companions. In addition to avoiding damage done by our pets, containers also lessen problems caused by clay soil and slugs and can be situated near sitting areas or used to create a focal point in the garden. Plants in the landscape need to be carefully selected with consideration of their toxicity to our animals and be sturdy enough to endure occasional spurts of energy from a rambunctious dog or a random ‘taste-test’ by the cat. Many of our common landscape plants and ornamentals are considered to be toxic to dogs, cats and other domesticated animals so it is wise to keep a list handy to help avoid making heartbreaking mistakes. The ASPCA has a thorough list on their website of plants toxic and non-toxic to dogs and separate lists for cats and horses.

Plant up a pot of catnip or put some in the ground near where your kitty likes to be, sow some grass with wheat berries or barley seed just for your dog or cat to snack on and don’t forget to provide a large bowl full of clean, fresh water for them to drink. A pot of flowers or several planted containers filled with colorful blooms can dress up your deck or patio and bring pizzazz to your outdoor living areas. Containers can be kept out of your pet’s reach by using hanging baskets, placing them on plant stands or in other areas with difficult access but if you want to be sure you are making a safe place for your animals we suggest some pet-safe container combinations.

  • Zinnia, Celosia and African Daisy are annuals with upright habits that would make excellent “thrillers” in the center of the pot
  • Heuchera, Sweet Alyssum and Million Bells are three lovely “filler” plants with soft, billowy natures to create a layered effect against the taller plants while softening the edge of the container
  • Creeping Charlie and Million Bells as “spillers” to provide the trailing element and create the lush look of plants overflowing and spilling over the edge of the pot

If you are looking for some instant gratification or don’t have time to plant a container of your own, stop into one of our garden centers to pick up one already done for you. Our creative teams are busy planting containers full of colorful pet-safe combinations that will delight your humans while keeping your animals safe from harm.

A well-planned garden design provides something for each family member to enjoy. During warm-weather, many of us spend as much, if not more time outdoors than inside; relaxing with friends & family, playing games, enjoying a good book, even preparing and eating our meals outside.

Creating an outdoor space that is safe for everyone while allowing for multiple-uses can be a wonderful challenge, especially when we want to share our gardens with our pets. Many of us are aware of potential harm to our beloved animals that may be caused by plants, fertilizers and pesticides that are not labeled as pet-safe or are improperly applied but these problems can be avoided through thoughtful product selection and careful application done according to the label. In fact, garden-related support products that are labeled as “safe” for people and pets are now widely available in major categories ranging from fertilizers to slug baits, making it easier for consumers to make the best choices for their individual needs.

Whether you are sharing your yard with dogs, cats, rabbits, chickens or other creatures, growing ornamental plants in containers is a sure way to keep your plants looking good while keeping the temptations from your furry (or feathered) companions. In addition to avoiding damage done by our pets, containers also lessen problems caused by clay soil and slugs and can be situated near sitting areas or used to create a focal point in the garden. Plants in the landscape need to be carefully selected with consideration of their toxicity to our animals and be sturdy enough to endure occasional spurts of energy from a rambunctious dog or a random ‘taste-test’ by the cat. Many of our common landscape plants and ornamentals are considered to be toxic to dogs, cats and other domesticated animals so it is wise to keep a list handy to help avoid making heartbreaking mistakes. The ASPCA has a thorough list on their website of plants toxic and non-toxic to dogs and separate lists for cats and horses.

Plant up a pot of catnip or put some in the ground near where your kitty likes to be, sow some grass with wheat berries or barley seed just for your dog or cat to snack on and don’t forget to provide a large bowl full of clean, fresh water for them to drink. A pot of flowers or several planted containers filled with colorful blooms can dress up your deck or patio and bring pizzazz to your outdoor living areas. Containers can be kept out of your pet’s reach by using hanging baskets, placing them on plant stands or in other areas with difficult access but if you want to be sure you are making a safe place for your animals we suggest some pet-safe container combinations.

  • Zinnia, Celosia and African Daisy are annuals with upright habits that would make excellent “thrillers” in the center of the pot
  • Heuchera, Sweet Alyssum and Million Bells are three lovely “filler” plants with soft, billowy natures to create a layered effect against the taller plants while softening the edge of the container
  • Creeping Charlie and Million Bells as “spillers” to provide the trailing element and create the lush look of plants overflowing and spilling over the edge of the pot

If you are looking for some instant gratification or don’t have time to plant a container of your own, stop into one of our garden centers to pick up one already done for you. Our creative teams are busy planting containers full of colorful pet-safe combinations that will delight your humans while keeping your animals safe from harm.