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Four ‘high-flowering’ plants which will ‘elevate’ your garden – and they’re pet-friendly

Many people who have dogs still want their gardens to look glorious come summer, but unfortunately, a lot of plants and shrubs are fatal if ingested.

Luckily, there are lots, however, which are pet-friendly and make the garden look fabulous too.

Sean McCormack, head vet at tails.com, has teamed up with Soto Gardens to provide the best pet-friendly options whilst also being “high-flowering”.


This includes sunflowers which add a “bright and cheerful touch to your garden”. Not only are they safe for dogs, but they are also easy to maintain, making them great for gardeners of all abilities. 

The expert recommended giving them full exposure to sun in order to thrive, watering regularly and deadheading.

Magnolia trees

The vet explained: “Magnolia trees are another beautiful addition to your garden that are also safe for your dogs. 

“The non-toxic plant has large, fragrant flowers that come in a variety of colours, including white, pink and purple, and can be quite the showstopper of your garden.

“You should plant your tree in well-draining soil that is slightly acidic, and place either fully in the sun or in partial shade. 

“Alongside your tree being high enough to not be trampled on by your four-legged friend, they are also low maintenance. You’ll also be happy to know that the plant de-sheds naturally, so it will be one less plant to worry about.”

Japanese maples

Japanese maples, also known as an acer, are also a great option if you’re looking to add colour and depth to the garden.

The leaves mature to green in the summer months and turn a gorgeous orange and red in the autumn.

They’re sturdy and pretty low maintenance once established, but they may need cover during the winter months.

Dusky cranesbills

The expert continued: “Dusky cranesbills are a great addition to your pet-friendly garden if you are looking to expand your landscape with more colour. 

“Blooming in late spring to early summer, they produce clusters of small, five-petaled flowers that have a unique range of colouration, which attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies. 

“They are also non-toxic to dogs, meaning that if your dog accidentally ingests parts of the plant it is unlikely to cause harm, making it a great addition to your pet-friendly garden.

“In addition to their visual appeal and non-toxicity, the Dusky cranesbill species of plant are relatively low maintenance. 

“They thrive in moist conditions, but can also handle short periods of drought, making them ideal for UK gardens.”


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