| Michaela Fisher

Flowers for Fido

Everything is turning green, and we bet your green thumb's are itching to get planting! But before we dive in, lets remember our pets. The last thing you want to do when turning your place into a picture perfect landscape is to accidentally poison the dog. Plants like aloe, American holly, and elephant ears to name a few can all be toxic to your pooch (for a complete list: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants). Read on below for some gorgeous flowers that will be 100 percent safe for your canine companion.

1. Marigold

Marigolds can come in lots of different orange, red, and yellow variants. What’s more, they can sometimes act as a natural bug repellent!

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2. Snapdragon

In ancient times it was said that this plant could offer protection from witches! Whether that is true or not, growing snapdragons will provide months of color ranging from pale pastels to vibrant oranges and reds. They do really well in full or partial sun with dry soils.

3. Impatiens

These lovely annual plants do best with some shade and moisture. They are great for attracting birds and other pollinators to your yard, something your dog will no doubt enjoy watching!

4. Rose

Roses can come in so many different colors! When planting them, it’s a good idea to use some bone-meal to give them some extra energy for their first couple of weeks as they establish themselves in your yard.

5. Petunia

The annual petunia absolutely adores the sun! Water them regularly and cull dead blooms to encourage the plant to continue blossoming throughout their lifespans.

These are just a few of the wonderful kinds of flowers you can use to brighten up your yard. If you can, try and buy from local nurseries and greenhouses. Happy planting!