7 garden plants that can be fatal for your dog! Choose these instead

Jakab Viktória

2023. July 15 - Photos: Getty Images Hungary

A garden is a good place to play and relax, but some flowers can be dangerous for your dog. It's good to know what to plant and what to get rid of to make sure nothing bad happens.


If you have a dog living with you, you should consider the garden design, as some dogs like to eat plants. A garden can contain many flowers that are poisonous to them. We can help you choose safe plants.

Tulips are one of the favourite flowers that pose a danger to dogs if they chew them.

When creating a dog-friendly garden, choosing the right plants is a priority. Puppies, especially when they are young and playful, sometimes like to chew them. This is a nuisance, but it’s the least of their problems. The bigger problem is that if you haven’t chosen your garden plants carefully, you could easily end up with a health problem from a little innocent chewing. There are many ornamental garden plants available that are very showy but poisonous to dogs, but luckily there are plenty of harmless beauties to add beauty to your surroundings.

The dangerous beauties of the garden for your dog

First, here are some plants that are common in gardens, so it’s best to be aware that they can be a danger to puppies. We need to make sure that they don’t have access to it, as it can be fatal if they chew it. The compounds they contain are toxic not only to animals but also to humans, so if there is a small child in the family, we must be very careful not to let eat any of them.

  • Nerium oleander
  • Amber/Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Golden Chain tree (Laburnum anagyroides)
  • Daffodil (Narcissus)
  • Hyacinthus orientalis (Dutch Hyacinth)
  • Lily of the valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Tulip (Tulipa sp.)

Of course, there are many more flowers in our gardens to look after! So if you have a dog, especially a puppy, it’s always worth being aware of and removing any potential hazards. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe and beautiful flowers to decorate our surroundings.

The cornflower can be a safe ornament for the garden, if the dog doesn’t eat it.

These herbs can come

So that you don’t have to worry if you do end up with a garden ornament on your pet’s menu, we’ve got some options for you to choose from. First, here are some herbs that we like to plant in the garden. As well as being showy, they’ll ensure fresh herbs in the kitchen and, not least, most herbs are also fresh. Because they have a strong smell and taste, this alone may discourage our dog from tasting them.

  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Sage (Salvia officinalis)
  • Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)
  • Lemongrass (Melissa officinalis)

Ornamental flowers can be safe

Some of our ornamental flowers are safe to plant even if the four-legged members of your family are prone to gardening. They pose no danger even if they not only chew, but possibly eat the leaves and flowers.

  • Rose (Rosa sp)
  • Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
  • Zinnia elegans (Zinnia violacea)
  • Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
  • Rose Snapdragon or Wild Snapdragon (Antirrhinum multiflorum)
  • Gerbera (Gerbera sp.)
  • Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)
  • Rose of Sharon or Shrub Althea (Hibiscus syriacus)
Sunflowers are also a good choice.

Protecting your dog and garden is important

If you want to protect the health of your garden as well as your puppy, there are a few ways you can help, because a dog can be a menace to your garden, a flower.


If you want to plant more than just grass and trees in your garden, a good solution is to separate flowerbeds or vegetable gardens with a small or large fence. This makes it easier for your pet to learn the boundaries and less likely to accidentally land among the flowers while playing. Of course, a smaller fence is not a real barrier for an energetic dog, but it is easier to teach him that the boundary line is one you don’t want him to cross. Until you can do that, the safest method is to actually separate the area to be protected.

Higher flowerbed

Another solution is a raised bed, which both physically helps to keep paws out of off-limits areas. Also can be a nice part of your garden. For smaller pets it’s just enough to keep them out of the flowers. But for larger ones it’s not a barrier, but rather a sign that it’s off limits.

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