I love the idea of a backyard filled with pretty flowers but I don’t love the idea of all the work that it takes! That’s why I absolutely love the concept of container gardening. Each Spring I try to set up a few containers full of flowers to liven up our backyard patio. Container gardens are so easy because you can mix and match any flowers that you want. Plus it makes your garden mobile and you can move them around if you get bored easily! If you have pets you can also put them on a plant stand so that your pets can’t eat any of the flowers. Container gardens are great for Chihuahuas or other small dogs. If you have limited backyard space that’s ok! You can even do this on an apartment balcony!
I love my outdoor space and it doubles as an outdoor office when the weather cooperates! Of course, my assistant Chuy is always with me!
Well, I did things backwards. I bought the flowers first before I researched if they were dog friendly. Woops.
Yes, we always take Chuy along to Home Depot. They are dog friendly!
I guess it didn’t really cross my mind because Chuy never tries to eat any of our plants. Of course, I would prefer plants that are 100% non toxic to dogs. But, live and learn, right?
I still wanted to share a blog post about what I learned so that I could help someone else create a dog friendly container garden. Let’s just say you can learn from my mistakes!
Dog Friendly Flowers
Let’s talk about flowers that ARE dog friendly! Trust me, all of these plants are easy to take care of. I have little to no patience when it comes to gardening so any plants that I have must be low maintenance! Don’t forget you’ll also need some flower pots and potting soil to get started.
These are some my favorite flowers. I love that they come in so many different colors. You can really create any look that you want for your garden! Plus, they attract hummingbirds!
Look at the difference in colors. So pretty and vibrant!
I like using Alyssum plants a filler. What’s even better? They will return each year!
Snapdragon give some height to your container garden. I also love that they come in different colors like reds, pinks, purples, orange, and white.
Flowers That are Toxic to Dogs
Here are some of the other flowers I planted that I later found out were toxic to dogs:
- Dusty Miller
- Georgia Blue Speedwell
I highly recommend that you do your research to find out which plants are toxic to dogs before you go shopping! Especially if you’re dogs would be prone to chewing on the plants or digging them up.
Animal Poison Control
With all this talk about toxic plants, it’s a good time to share a reminder about Animal Poison Control. As a pet owner, I recommend putting the phone number to the ASPCA Poison Control into your contacts. I had to call them in the past when Chuy ate chocolate chips and it was worth every bit of the consultation fee! The phone number is 1-888-426-4435 and currently chargers a $65 consultation fee.
Have you planted a dog friendly garden? Any tips or recommendations that you can provide?