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Pet Friendly Perennials

Pets love gardens: all that space to run, play, hide and sleep (we’re looking at you, cats!) To help you keep your best friends safe out there, we’ve curated a collection of pet-friendly perennials. These non-toxic, hardy plants and flowers are safe for dogs and cats as well as looking fantastic year after year, so you can be confident that your best friend will enjoy their outdoor space as much as you do. Keep reading for more inspiration, as well as plants to avoid.

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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Red Hawthorn Tree | Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'
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Red Hawthorn Tree | Crataegus laevigata 'Paul's Scarlet'
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Award winning native tree for year-round colour

  • Award Winning Double Crimson Flowering Hawthorn
  • Ideal for smaller gardens
  • Offers varied seasonal interest
  • Provides a safe nesting place for birds
Penstemon 'Dark Towers' | 1L Pot
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Penstemon 'Dark Towers' | 1L Pot
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Dark towers with bright lilac purple lights

  • Profusions of delicate, lilac flowers from midsummer
  • Stunning plum-purple foliage adds extra aesthetic interest
  • Flowers all the way from July to November
  • Create a tropical aesthetic for your garden
Heuchera Collection | 3 x 3L Pots
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Heuchera Collection | 3 x 3L Pots
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Multi-hued fabulous foliage collection

  • Spires of tiny pink, red or white flowers in Summer
  • 3 x Heuchera plants
  • Hardy perennials flowering from June to August
  • Essential eye-catching groundcover for a shady border or bed
Hybrid Cockspur Hawthorn | Crataegus x lavallei 'Carrierei'
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Hybrid Cockspur Hawthorn | Crataegus x lavallei 'Carrierei'
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Classic native tree loved by wildlife

  • Native and small, bushy tree
  • Popular with wildlife
  • Offers varied seasonal interest
  • Beautiful creamy white flowers in May & June
20 Organic 'Musselborough' Leek Plants
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20 Organic 'Musselborough' Leek Plants
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A trusted garden Leek, whatever the weather

  • A trusted gardeners favourite for reliability
  • Beautiful savoury, peppery Leek flavour
  • Fully hardy throughout the British winter
  • Strong and thick stems–perfect for cooking
20 Organic Giant Winter Leek Plants
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20 Organic Giant Winter Leek Plants
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Massive Leeks that thrive in the cold of winter

  • Harvest from November-March
  • Huge, thick stems–brilliant for cooking
  • Enjoy fresh veg throughout winter
  • Delicious way to get more vitamin A, C, and K
Gourmet Organic Brassica Collection 60 plants
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Gourmet Organic Brassica Collection 60 plants
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A wide range of delicious and unique brassicas

  • A wide selection of delicious brassicas
  • Fresh vegetables right through Autumn into Winter
  • Packed full of nutrients–true superfoods
  • A great selection to build a great veg patch
Catmint 'Faassenii' | Nepeta | 10.5cm Pot
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Catmint 'Purrsian Blue' | Nepeta | 1L Pot
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Catmint 'Blue Moon' | Nepeta | 10.5cm Pot
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Catmint 'Purrsian Blue' | Nepeta | 3L Pot
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Hybrid Cockspur Hawthorn | Crataegus x lavallei 'Carrierei'
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Penstemon 'Dark Towers' | 1L Pot
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Heuchera Collection | 3 x 3L Pots
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