Luckily, the plant world is extremely diverse, and there are plenty of plants—both annuals and perennials—that are completely safe for pets. You’ll still want to discourage them from eating your plants (teeth marks aren’t a good look for flowers and leaves!), but at the very least, you’ll know they’ll be safe if they do sneak a few nibbles.
Astilbe: shade to part shade, blooms from late spring to late summer. Colours range from pale to vibrant in pinks, purples, and whites. Reaches heights of about 1-3 feet tall.
Bee Balm: Full sun, blooms from mid-summer to early fall. It comes in very vibrant colours, including reds, purples, pinks, and white. Grows up to 1-4 feet tall.
Bergenia: Sun to part shade, blooms in early spring, features beautiful foliage that turns deep red with pink flowers. Grows to 12-14 inches tall.
Black-Eyed Susan: Full sun, blooms from early summer to first frost, available in shades of red, orange, and yellow. Grows to 1-3 feet tall.
Blazing Star: Full sun, blooms mid-summer to fall, purple flowers. Grows to 1-3 feet tall.
Columbine: Full sun to part shade, blooms from mid-spring through summer. Colours range from pastels to brights, including yellow, blue, purple, pink, red, and white. Heights range by variety, from 4 inches to 3 feet tall.
Coneflower: Full sun to part shade, blooms from late spring to early fall. Colours range from purple to pink to white. Grows to 1-4 feet tall.
Coral Bells: Full sun to part shade, blooms from spring to fall. Colours include red, white, coral pink, and foliage colours include purple, rose, lime green, gold, and variegated. Grows to 12-18 inches tall.
Creeping Thyme: Full sun, blooms profusely early to mid-summer, shades of pink from vibrant to pastel. Grows to 2-3 inches tall.
Cranesbill Geranium: Full sun to part shade, blooms from late spring to early fall. Colours include pinks, blues, purples, reds, and white. Grows to 8-12 inches tall.
Hens & Chicks: Full sun to part shade, may bloom in mid-summer. Available in greens, silvers, reds, purples, blues, and variegated options. A short and compact groundcover that reaches heights between 6-12 inches tall.
Hollyhocks: Full sun, blooms from mid-late summer. Available in almost any colour, including variegated varieties. Grows to 1-5 feet tall.
Jasmine: Full to partial sun, blooms from mid-spring to mid-summer, available in shades of white and yellow. Grows to 3-10 feet tall.
Lavender: Full sun, blooms in mid-summer, flowers are purple. Grows to 2-3 feet tall.
Phlox (Creeping): Full sun to dappled shade, blooms in mid-late spring. Colours include blue, purple, pink, red, or white. Grows to 4-6 inches tall.
Phlox (Garden): Full sun, blooms from summer to early fall. Colours include white, purples, pinks, reds, and bi-colour varieties. Grows to 2-4 feet tall.
Hardy Hibiscus: Full to partial sun, blooms from mid-late summer. Colours include pinks, purples, reds, whites, and bi-colour. Grows to 3-5 feet tall.
Roses: Full sun to part shade, bloom times vary by variety, available in almost any colour. Height varies by type.
Sedum: Full sun, bloom from late summer to early fall, colours include shades of white, pink, and red, height varies by type: mat-forming, creeping, or upright. Height varies by type.
Speedwell: Full sun to part shade, blooms from early to late summer. Colours include white, blues, pinks, and purples. Grow up to 2-4 feet tall.
You don’t have to choose between a beautiful perennial garden and your precious pets! With so many safe perennials to choose from, you can indulge your love for all the living things inside and outside of your home. Just to be safe, we recommend keeping your pets from eating your plants and calling your vet if they decide to snack on any of your flowers!