Pet-Friendly Plants Safe for Fido and Fluffy

Are you a dog mom or cat lover that is constantly careful about which of your favorite plants will keep your pets happy and healthy? All pet owners take great measures to ensure the safety of our furry friends, but sometimes danger can come from unexpected places… like your lovely new container garden.

Whether you are a new pet parent researching what nontoxic plants to add to your collection or you have company coming in, no need to worry! Being pet parents ourselves, we have crafted a list of the best pet friendly plants with which to adorn your home.

Indoor Plants

  • Parlor palms are a wonderful solution for beginner gardeners, as they grow slowly and thrive on little sunlight. They range from a few inches to three feet in height, making them a great addition for tabletop decorations, terrariums, and other small spaces inside a house.
  • If you would like to add a touch of elegance, try growing phalaenopsis o This common plant will be a familiar face to you if you frequent floral shops. While they stay in bloom for a few weeks at a time, their petals are completely harmless to animals.
  • If you are looking for that subtle pop of color without the hassle of petal cleanup, then give the polka dot plant a try! Available in an array of colors such as white and pink, these fun little plants are as versatile as they are whimsical.

Outdoor Plants

  • A cheerful annual, the marigold, will add a rich golden hue to your garden that you and your human and animal companions can enjoy. Specifically, look for the calendula genu.
  • We have great news for the pet-loving cooks out there: Fennel is a safe and fun addition for your garden! The tasty bulb and feathery foliage will provide a whimsical look and will allow you not to worry.
  • Who doesn’t love a colorful bunch of snapdragons? Easy to grow and with a wide range of colors, there is now no excuse for you and your pets not to enjoy this beautiful bloom!

With pets come curiosity. Young puppies and kittens love to sniff around and even snack on the beautiful plants you have added to your home. While these plants may not be toxic to your pet, it is always best practice to keep a close eye on how curious your animals can really be. If you encounter any worrisome symptoms, immediately contact your vet and provide the name of the plant that may have caused the issue.

For a complete list of toxic and nontoxic plants for dogs, cats, and horses, contact The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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Seville Farms Fall Favorites!

Fall: That time of year when we put away our swim gear and break out the scarves. While most think that the best season for vibrant plants is spring, we beg to differ! The change of seasons brings rich color to enhance the first cool fall breeze that we all know and love.

Alongside pumpkins and scarecrows, the Seville Farms family has a wide collection of fall plants that we eagerly look forward to enjoying each year. Need a few ideas for the best plants to add to your seasonal garden or home this year?

Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • Texas Aster: This simple beauty blooms from September to November in this area and can be quite fragrant. Asters require little maintenance and can reach heights of up to three feet. You will yield best results planting in sandy, rocky, and well-drained soil and in full sun.
  • Chrysanthemums: You may be thinking, “Are these the gargantuan mums that adorn Texans during football season?” Not quite. These golden beauties thrive in the Southern autumn and come in two varieties: Flattened or elongated with a tufted, rounded bloom. They perform best in full sun and thrive in rock gardens.
  • Ginkgo: Adding a touch of guaranteed gold to your garden is a sure way to enjoy fall the right way. When a cool front comes in, the leaves suddenly change to an illustrious yellow and create a golden “carpet” on your garden when they fall. Place this tree in a location with deep, loose, well-drained soil.
  • Goldenrod: Exactly as the name suggests, this richly colored plant can bring vibrancy to even the dreariest of gardens. Even better? This native perennial doesn’t cause hay fever. That is something to make every Southerner rejoice! Plant in well-drained, slightly acidic garden soil in full sun or part shade.
  • Coleus: Nicknamed “Alabama Sunset,” this hearty plant will add bright splashes of color to any garden. Try planting it with a variety of flowers with varying colors to create a stunning display. Many varieties do well in both shade and part-sun.

Autumn in this region is a season of celebration, so why not add some fresh color to your home? We would love to see what you are planting this fall! Share your favorites with us on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SevilleFarms.

Happy planting!

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