Spring is in the air, and if you’re an individual who enjoys growing pretty plants and edibles, you may be feeling the itch to get your garden started. If you’re a dog owner though, you’ll want to take a little time to make sure that the plants you choose are safe for your pet to munch on.

At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we want your best friend to stay healthy and happy, and we want you to enjoy the beauty of your new plants. We also want to ensure that you know which plants are friendly for your pet to be around and to taste.

9 Dog-Friendly Plants for Gardens and Patios


Bamboo: This hard-to-kill but easy-to-grow plant is safe for dogs and cats alike.

Houseleek (Sempervivum): Also known as hen and chicks, this succulent is an evergreen, perennial plant that is hardy and safe for dogs to ingest and be around. It is a mat-forming plant that has rosettes of up to 4 inches in diameter, with leaves up to three inches long.

Christmas Cactus: This succulent is safe for children, adults and dogs alike. It’s easy to grow, and blooms throughout the winter months, which is just one reason that people choose them. It’s the colorful blooms throughout the year that the dogs may find attractive.

Spider Plant: The long, spiky leaves of the spider plant are eye-catching for humans and animals alike. Fortunately those leaves are not toxic to dogs and will not make a pet sick. Another bonus: it will help to purify the air in your home.

Basil: This popular herb is an easy one to grow on a patio or balcony garden, and like the others on this list, is safe for your pooch to occasionally taste.

Alpine Strawberries: if you’re a fan of strawberries and have a dog that is as well, there’s little to worry about. Your pet will benefit from the nutrients and fiber, and may even end up with whiter teeth.  You may want to limit intake if possible though, because of the naturally occurring sugar content in the berries.

Blueberries: All of the benefits of the blueberry – fiber, vitamins, and delicious taste- that humans enjoy are also beneficial for the pooch who snacks on the berries.

Nasturtiums: The peppery tasting leaves of nasturtiums may draw your dog’s attention, and are safe for Fido to snack on. Beyond the pet attraction, this plant makes a great ground cover, or a gorgeous climbing plant.

Peppermint: Peppermint is an attractive plant for dogs, and some speculate that dogs may eat plants when they’re feeling digestive upset. If that’s the case, the peppermint plant’s leaves may help to ease that discomfort.

At Raleigh Pet Sitters, we want to ensure that your pet is healthy, happy, and entertained while they are in our care. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help to entertain your furry friend.