Growing a Pet-Friendly Garden: What to Plant (and What to Avoid!)

Our fur babies are part of our family, and we want to do everything we can to make sure they are healthy and happy. So whether your dog or cat is an indoor or outdoor pet, or a combination of both, it’s important that the plants we keep in our home and garden are non-toxic. The following is a list of toxic and non-toxic plants for pets, and planting tips for the latter.

What to Plant (Non-Toxic Plants)

  • African violet
  • Bamboo
  • Blue echeveria
  • Burro or lamb’s tail
  • Corn flower
  • Creeping rosemary
  • Coral bells
  • Fennel
  • Jasmine
  • Marigold
  • Pansies
  • Petunia
  • Polka dot plants
  • Ponytail palm
  • Rose
  • Sage
  • Snapdragons
  • Sweet potato vine
  • Tiger orchid
  • Wild hyacinth
  • Zinnia

What to Avoid (Toxic Plants for Pets)* **

  • Aloe
  • Amaryllis
  • Azalea
  • Bay Laurel
  • Begonias
  • Bird of paradise
  • Bishop’s weed
  • Borage
  • Boxwood
  • Caladium
  • Caraway
  • Chinese evergreen
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Coleus
  • Dahlia
  • Daisy
  • Dumbcane
  • English ivy
  • Eucalyptus
  • Foxglove
  • Gardenia
  • Hosta
  • Lantana
  • Larkspur
  • Laurel
  • Milkweed
  • Mint
  • Morning glory
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Palm lily
  • Panda plant
  • Poinsettia
  • Snake plant
  • Tomato plant
  • Tulips
  • Wandering Jew
  • Yucca

*This is not an exhaustive list. For a full list of toxic plants for cats and dogs, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website at

**In case of poisoning, call your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-426-4435.

How to Ensure You Pets and Plants Co-Exist Peacefully

Tired of your cat or dog chewing up your houseplants or digging up your garden? Here are some tips on keeping both pet and plants intact. (Note: The following tips are referring to non-toxic plants; though toxic plants may be placed out of the reach of pets, the only way to ensure your pet’s safety is by avoiding the use of toxic plants in your home and garden.)

Use large planters and pots. This works especially well with smaller dogs, as the higher the planter, the less likely that your dog can reach the foliage. Cats may need a bit more incentive to leave those pots alone: make a mix of “cat deterrent” at home using one part vinegar and two parts water. Your cat won’t like the smell and will leave your plants alone, and it’s harmless to your plants. Win-win!

Plant in hanging planters and terrariums. Take advantage of the popularity of modern hanging planters and geometric terrariums by using them to house your houseplants. Not only can you hang them anywhere (the ceiling, a hook on the wall, etc.) but your pets can’t chew or destroy what they can’t reach.

Prevent access to window boxes. Cats in particular have a “thing” with boxes, and window boxes are no different. If your feline friend is drawn to your window boxes, keep windows shut to prevent access to them from the inside.

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