A to Z Blogging Challenge - Letter PLast spring I had this big plan to plant a pet friendly garden in the backyard of our new townhome. As you may know, we no longer live there and were somewhat forced into a two bedroom apartment with no yard.

At first I thought my dreams of a beautiful garden went out the door, but then I realized flowers can grow on balconies too. Last year I purchased a few hanging baskets and planted my own window box.

I started learning that not all flowers are pet friendly. I wanted Luna to be able to enjoy the balcony too, so I started searching for beautiful but safe flowers.

Last year, I started with Petunias. They are easy, love sunlight, and are beautiful. Petunias come in a variety of color options too.

Planting Lavender and Petunias

Planting Lavender and Petunias

This year I expanded my search and have included a more variety of plants. I’m trying to plant my own Petunias and Lavender. I also picked up some ready to plant flowers from Home Depot.

Picking up pet friendly flowers and soil from Home Depot

Picking up pet friendly flowers and soil from Home Depot

Here is what I am planting this year:


Great for hanging baskets, pots, or bedding. Multiple colors available. Love sun. Water regularly. Prune dead flowers to prolong blooming.



Calming effects for people and dogs. Full sun and dry soils.



Vibrant yellow color. Perennial. Grow in sunny location.



Multiple colors. Full or partial sun. Dry soils.



Multiple vibrant colors. Shade and moisture. Great for hanging baskets or bedding.


Spider Plant

Spider Plant
Can grow indoors all year round. I’ve had mine for a few years. Grow in sunlight. Don’t over-water.


Other pet friendly plants include:

Gerber DaisyOrchidP-pincushion2RoseSunflowerThea JaponicaTickseedAfrican VioletZinnia


Plants to look out for:

Stargazer Lily

The Lily is very popular around this time of year, but it is very poisonous to cats. Research has not proven toxicity to dogs.


The typical Begonia that can be found is toxic to both dogs and cats. There are certain varieties of Begonia that are not toxic. These include Peace Begonia, Trailing Begonia, Elephant-Ear Begonia, Mapleleaf Begonia, Metallic Leaf Begonia, Rex Begonia, Watermelon Begonia, and Iron Cross Begonia. There are over 1,000 species of Begonias, so be careful when you choose one.

Grape Hyacinth

The Hyacinth is also very popular this time of year. Again, the typical Easter season Hyacinth is poisonous to both dogs and cats. There are at least three varieties that are not toxic: Summer Hyacinth, Wild Hyacinth, and Grape Hyacinth.


Other poisonous plants include:

Sweet Pea
Morning Glory

If you have question about the toxicity of any other plant, check out ASPCA’s Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant Guide. I refer to it all the time.

What pet friendly plants will you be planting this year? Did we miss any of your favorites on our list?

In case you have missed any, you can find all my A to Z posts here.

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
Jessica Shipman

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  • catchatcaren

    that is going to be gorgeous!! I also live in an apt/condo building (on the second floor) and the year before last I planted a vegetable container garden that did super well!!!! You can plant so many different things. Yours is going to be just great!

    • beaglesbargains

      I’m excited! We are trying to grow a few veggies too, but I’m not sure how they will do. We’ll just have to see!

      • catchatcaren

        please be sure to post about your progress! I am excited to see updates. I did baby lettuce and it worked great, tomatoes too even snap peas!

  • Parenting Furkids

    I haven’t tried to plant anything around here. Our first spring here, Hyacinths and Bleeding Hearts were all over the fenced area of the back yard. I didn’t know either of them were poisonous to dogs, and Barkly was going around eating flowers off of both of them. Needless to say, we had a pretty expensive vet bill. We immediately came home and started digging. Since Barkly seems inclined to eat flowers, we just keep it all away from him. The only thing we have in the yard is flowering bushes that are tall enough to keep him from reaching the flowers.

    • beaglesbargains

      Oh no! Glad Barkly is okay. There are so many plants that are common that are poisonous and I never knew! Fortunately all the dogs I’ve had aren’t big plant eaters, but I still totally get not planting flowers.

  • Emma

    Way too early to think much about flowers here. We usually have Geraniums, Petunias, stuff like that, but just in pots around the front door and deck. Mom doesn’t like gardens, so we don’t have any of those. Hope your endeavors grow well.

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    We don’t have a garden (or space for one!) but I’ve been enjoying everyone else’s during our walks.

  • Cathy Bennett

    True stories – I can’t grow a thing in the dirt 🙁 It’s not happening for me… But I love to look at them…

  • Sue Kottwitz

    Great tips! If you’re planting any zinnias, add some cosmos seed in with them… gorgeous 🙂

    • beaglesbargains

      Ohhh! Will definitely keep that in mind!

  • SGilbert

    Thank You!!! I have tulips, daffodils and hydrangea in my backyard. I had no idea. They have been in the backyard now for 4 years. Neither Schooner or Skipper both the plants. Skipper does eat the blossoms off of my vegetable garden. Love squash, pumpkins and zucchinni blossoms. I think I better check the vegetables too. Schooner loves to smell the flowers but has never tried to eats them.

    • beaglesbargains

      Definitely keep an eye on them! Some dogs have no interest in eating plants, but others do.

  • Thanks for the list! I love flowers and want to plant more. It’s too late for us this year. I could do pots, but I think I’m going to be more dog focused this year. In the fall, we’ll start setting aside areas for next year’s gardens. 🙂

    • beaglesbargains

      We’ll then I can’t wait to see next year’s garden! (:

  • Kate Obrien

    Wow, that’s an ambitious list. I don’t do many flowers – we don’t really have the weather – not enough rain. Going to try my hand at veggies this year…we’ll see.

    • beaglesbargains

      We only have a few different pots, but they each will have a little bit of everything. Mine are all on my balcony, so they don’t get a lot of rain. I water them regularly but its a lot of work!

  • weliveinaflat.com

    The hydrangea is definitely dangerous. Donna nibbled on this and spent the rest of the evening throwing up. We had to take her to the vet in the end since she wouldn’t stop!

    • beaglesbargains

      Oh no! I hope Donna is okay!

  • not many flowers here… but we have planted a ton of veggies in pots… a couple of more weeks and we might be able to have a salad!!

  • Ruth Epstein

    Interesting article and will know where to find the info when I have a garden

  • sandy weinstein

    i make sure my plants are dog friendly b/c my oldest likes to play in the flowers and gardens in my yard….she thinks she is walking in a jungle…luckily she does not nibble on any of them but i am always outside with her anyway…she only likes to eat grass sometimes…which is why i dont use herbicides…

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