Pet Friendly Perennials
Plants that pets love
Pets love the soothing scent of Nepeta and Lavender, which are both sturdy enough to withstand the odd pup or kitty falling asleep in them! Trees are great for shade and scratching (protect the trunks when newly planted) and ornamental grasses provide sensory fun as well as a hiding place. Tough perennials like Astilbe and Heuchera will stand up to any accidental damage, while tall plants like Echinacea and Rudbeckia offer privacy and a place to hide. Check out herb plants too - Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Sage, Chamomile and Dill are all safe and appealing for pets.
Plants that are safe for pets
Some plants can make animals ill or worse, so for your peace of mind, plant perennials that are 100% safe and non-toxic. Some popular perennials that are suitable include Astilbe, Aquilegia, Campanula, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Echinops, Fuchsia, Geranium (but avoid Pelargoniums), Heuchera, Hollyhocks, Jasmine, Lavender, Nepeta, Rudbeckia, Scabious, Sedum and Veronica - you’ll find them all in our Pet Friendly Collection. A mixture of heights, colours and scents will stimulate your pet’s senses and provide an enjoyable environment for them to explore. To keep your more delicate plants away from enthusiastic paws, use raised beds or grow low hedges as a barrier.
Plants that are poisonous to pets
Some plants are poisonous for pets: although in practice cats tend to avoid them, dogs are not so cautious and it’s best not to take any risks. Plants on the ‘avoid’ list include Daffodils, Chrysanthemums, Foxgloves, Hydrangeas and Wisteria for dogs and Cyclamen, Poinsettia, Rhododendrons and Lillies for cats. If you have a plant that’s not on our lists and you’re not sure, research it thoroughly before planting within your pet’s reach - and if your pet does appear ill after eating a plant, see your vet immediately.
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