Dog Friendly Gardens

Photo: E M

Photo: E M

Whether you’re planting a kitchen or a flower garden here are a few ideas to help make yours dog friendly.

Herbs are a great addition to any garden because they add greenery and they smell wonderful. Oregano is a good choice if you are looking for a compact, bushy plant and it is beneficial for a dog’s digestive system. Rosemary looks a little like a pine tree and it is often used as an indoor plant during the holiday season. Rosemary is a good source of vitamin A and C for both humans and canines. Parsley was once viewed as a simple garnish however, it is an awesome breath freshener for dogs. Lavender is known for its beautiful flowers, calming properties and antibacterial effects. Best of all it’s safe for dogs!

Another option is to include edible flowers in your garden such as violets and pansies. Finally, fruit plants such as blueberry bushes provides not only tasty treats but beautiful flowers and structure to a garden.

When planting flowers, remember to consult the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants to ensure that any dangerous ones are fenced or otherwise protected from your four legged friends.

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