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Pet-Safe Plants for Dogs

Non-toxic plants that are safe for pets

Having plants and pets should not be mutually exclusive! Many dog owners have also turned their home into a green oasis. We find that some dogs don’t nibble on plants, so you may not need to worry about toxic plants at all. If your dog is an indiscriminate muncher, however, you may want to keep all your lower level plants pet-friendly. That’s why we’ve collated this collection of plants safe for dogs.

Beautiful Dog-Friendly Plants

Whenever you take your dog for a walk in the countryside, you’re probably walking past toxic plants all the time, without even noticing! That said, it’s good to be mindful about what plants you have in your garden when you’ve got dogs roaming around. Lots of dogs like a munch on a bit of grass, for example, when they get the chance.

If you do have some poisonous plants in your home, put them out of your dog’s reach. You know your dog and its habits best, so build your plant collection in a way that seems safe to you.

Plants for a Sunny, Bright Room

All plants need light. However, the amount of life they need depends on the variety in question. Some plants thrive in sunlight, where others’ leaves would get scorched. If you do have a very bright space in your house, you could go for a pet-friendly Banana Plant. Banana Plants will bring a tropical touch to your home without being toxic for your four-legged friend.

If you’re a bit short in space, consider hanging some plants up! They bring depth and structure to any room. One variety that you can suspend right by a window is the Pilea ‘Greysy’. As its fronds trail over the hanging basket, it will create a dreamy atmosphere. Even when these plants are in reach of your dog, you needn’t worry for their sake, as they’re totally pet friendly.

Plants That Like Indirect Light

The plants in this section thrive in good light – as long as it’s not direct sunshine. Whatever your home environment is, choose plants based on the atmosphere you’d like to live in. Their environmental needs are important, but they’re more robust than you think, and your requirements matter too! If your plant cannot cope with a particular space, it will show, and it’s time to move it elsewhere.

One of our all-time favourites is the Boston Fern. It’s got lush green leaves sprouting from its pot, giving it that jungle look. As one of the best air purifying plants we know, this plant brings good looks as well as benefits for your wellbeing. It’s considered to be safe for cats and dogs.

Bring some positive energy and good fortune into your home with a Money Tree. According to Chinese mythology, the Money Tree is a lucky plant to have. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that the plant will make you rich, but we can promise you it’ll catch any visitor’s eye when they come in. This no-fuss plant can cope with different light levels, giving you a lot of flexibility for your interior.

Safe Plants for Dogs That Don’t Mind Darker Spots

It’s not always easy to find a plant for the areas in your house or apartment that don’t get as much natural light. If you want it to be safe for your pets as well, it can get a bit tricky. Luckily, we have plants for almost every situation, to help you find a plant that works for your home.

If you want to brighten up the space with some colour, we’ve got two beauties to show you. For those who only have a small space to fill, check out the Peperomia caperata ‘Schumi Red’. An easy to look after companion with incredibly textured, deep burgundy leaves. A larger companion is the Calathea ‘Triostar’. This prayer plant astonishes with its leaves of various shades of green and red.

Another hardy, shade-tolerant plant is the Blue Star Fern. Its blueish-green fronds lighten up the room, creating a revitalising yet calming atmosphere. This pet-friendly plant won’t harm your canine companion, so no need to worry if they share your obsession with greenery. Native to the rain forests of South America, it prefers environments with high humidity levels.

Plants as an Act of Self-Care

Creating a home that makes you happy can, and should, be a fun exercise! Especially once you get plants involved, and you can really create a space to thrive in. Houseplants are more than just beautiful décor. They can also be beneficial for your mental and physical health. We’ll give you a short intro here but check out our Blog if you’re keen to learn more.

Caring for a dog is very rewarding. Sure, it’s not always an easy feat, but it’s a lot of fun! Looking after a dog helps foster and satisfy your innate drive to nurture other living things. And we believe that plants can help foster that energy too! As you’re engaging in these acts of kindness, you get reminded of how great it feels, and you’ll branch out being kinder to yourself and others too!

In terms of our wellbeing philosophy, Calatheas are truly impressive. Besides being great air purifiers, the patterns on their leaves are also said to help improve focus and inspire creativity. These bewitching patterns can help restore our attention and ease minds frazzled by screens and monitors. One with said pattern is the Calathea Orbifolia, a tall floor plant, which works perfectly in any warm room with indirect light.

As plants absorb CO2, they can also filter out invisible airborne toxins. A particularly talented air purifier is the Areca Palm, also called Butterfly Palm. By caring for this low maintenance plant, you can (indirectly) improve the quality of air in your home.