Does your four-legged friend like to sample the leaves in your backyard? Or maybe your dog likes to dig away at the roots of the new shrubs you introduce? You can get hedges and shrubs that can better withstand the challenges that your dog brings their way and that are safe for them to much on if they get a little curious. Here are some of the best dog friendly hedges and shrubs.
Good news: Weigela is not toxic for, or poisonous to, dogs!
This shrub classic is perfectly safe for dogs, including the new variety Rainbow Sensation or My Monet. Many weigela varieties have variegated leaves that add a lot of interest in any season. When in bloom, weigela has delicate red or pink flowers. While weigela were once limited in size, you can now find varieties in many different sizes.
2. Dwarf Spiraea
The dwarf version of this plant is much closer to your dog’s mouth, but that’s not a problem. Spiraea is totally non-toxic for dogs, and it’s a perfectly safe hedge for cats, too.
It makes an excellent shrub in multiple sun conditions and is hardy to USDA zone 4a. While there aren’t quite as many varieties of dwarf spiraea as many other shrub plants, there are some very popular options include Goldflame and Little Bonnie.
3. Rose of Sharon
A huge popular shrub, the Rose of Sharon (also called Hibiscus) is non-toxic to dogs and an excellent way to add a ton of lively blooms to your landscape. There are endless varieties with blue, pink, white and cream blooms, making Rose of Sharon one of the most attractive dog-safe shrubs.
4. Black Haw
Also called sweet viburnum, this lovely shrub makes an excellent border in any dog-friendly garden. As this plant matures, its stems change color, adding new interest to the garden in its mid and late-life. Several varieties also add fall interest with red leaves.
Also called golden bells, this plant earns its nickname with lovely yellow blooms that actually appear before the leaves. It’s non-toxic to dogs and a great addition to a garden where you have privacy concerns, as it has tall branches thickly covered with leaves. We recommend Sunrise and Meadowlark Forsynthia.