Gardeners tend to grow the flowers they enjoy seeing in their garden; and while some flowers are beautiful, they can make domestic animals sick if ingested. Know the do's and don'ts of growing pet-friendly plants and what types of plants to avoid for pet health, courtesy of EasyPetFence.com.
Poisonous plants to pets:
- Dahlia: Great for pollinators, but not for pets!
- Iris: Deer resistant; but not meant for pets.
- Peony: A hazard for dogs that can make them vomit, drool excessively and give them diarrhea. However, deer hate the taste and smell of peonies!
- Lavender: Another pollinating-friendly plant
- Geraniums: Another plant for deer resistance; however, this plant causes skin rashes, low blood pressure, lethargy and loss of appetite in dogs.
- Aloe Vera: Great for skin wounds on people; however, it can cause tremors and diarrhea in dogs.
Go ahead and grow these pet-safe plants:
- Aster: Pollinating insects welcomed!
- African Violets
- Marigolds: Keeps deer out of lawns and gardens while feeding butterflies!
- Hibiscus: Deer-resistant
- Sunflowers: A favorite food for bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.
- Thyme: A Deer-resistant herb.