Best Pet Friendly Summer Flowers

PET CHECK BLOG Labrador dog surrounded by sunflowers In the garden

\\\ Summer Pet Gardens \\\ Updated Summer 2022

What are the best pet-friendly summer bouquets should you buy?

Patio plants – indoor pot plants – garden flowers

Helpful tips to stay pet-friendly in the home and garden

Summer gardens and our public parks are a sea of striking colour but bring new challenges to pet owners, as do receiving gorgeous floral bouquets of flowers and pot plant gifts.

What are the best summer pet-friendly flowers?

Roses – Sunflowers – Gerbera Daisies


The best flower, pot plant, or outside shrub you can send anyone are roses, available any time of the year in the UK in an abundance of colours and available from most online florists, as well as a staggering 50% of the sales being bought from our local supermarkets. Safe in a dog and cat home.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Beautiful striking yellow sunflowers, gigantic heads on long stems available from spring, but most common during summer months and available through to autumn. The seeds can even be eaten in moderation by our cats and dogs without harmful signs of toxicity. Safe in a dog and cat home.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Gerbera Daisies contemporary and modern, sold in a variety of striking colours, gaining so much popularity since the 1990s, sold as simple stems, bouquets, and pot plants, with flowers with single, double, and multiple petals. Safe in a dog and cat home.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

1 Roses

2 Sunflower

3 Gerbera Daisies

More summer dog-friendly and cat-friendly flowers

Our UK florists have so many colourful blooms to choose from when stocking their online and high street shops, during the summer months. However, finding out which flowers are best for a pet-friendly household is a little more tricky and you find yourself in most cases having to carry out the research.

With so many online florists selling very similar pre-arrangements, combining several flowers, foliage, and trimmings, to find one bouquet that is completely pet, cat-friendly, and or dog-friendly is quite difficult. Pet Check contacted 5 national online florists where sadly, three failed to answer our requests enquiring about their pet-friendly ranges and two provided very incomplete answers.

Here’s Pet Check’s dog, cat, pet-friendly flower choice, and a selection of popular well-known blooms that are currently on sale during the summer months in the UK. Buy as stems, bouquets, and pot planted with confidence.

Fill your home with gorgeous flowers and plants

What are the toxicity problems for pets?

Floral bouquets are beautifully colour coordinated, wrapped in paper or foils, some have additional trimmings, all of which are very dangerous if your pet tries to swallow these when left lying around.

The best way to ensure a toxic-free pet-friendly bouquet arrives is by sending specific instructions for the contents of the bouquet to a floral retailer that doesn’t offer the standard pre-arranged bouquets, (which is much harder to find online than you realise), taking the time to source bouquets that are pet-friendly, or by dropping off the flowers yourself to your recipient!

Read about Hendrick the naughty cat that swallowed 3′ of wrapping ribbon left lying around his home and rushed to Vet A&E.

If you choose an outdoor or indoor pot plant, many can cause mild toxicity if chewed at but probably your pet won’t have time to eat the entire plant. It’s best to try and site your plants out of reach and important to train your pet not to go near your plants from an early age, which most owners know is easier with certain breeds than others.

Cats will jump up onto bookshelves and explore heights, so even these sites may not be a great idea for your plants. The siting of your indoor plant is the priority.

Whilst your pet is quietly digging up all your newly, pet-friendly, planted shrubs in the garden, they may also have drunk some of the pond water when they were thirsty which can lead to some nasty complications due mainly to algae. Vets admit this is one of the most common toxic pet problems during summer months they see in their A&E surgeries that are garden-related.

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What flowers and plants should pet owners avoid buying during Summer?

Lillies are fatal to cats



Tips for a pet-friendly safe garden

  1. Keep a watchful eye on your pets when in gardens.
  2. Cover the pond with fine netting to prevent your dog and cat access to licking the water.
  3. Position any new pond being built in the view of the house.
  4. Check the position of your compost heap and move if too accessible by your pets, to a safer, location.
  5. Move the beautiful but potentially toxic patio pot plants that you’ve spent weeks nurturing to a safer higher level.
  6. Train young pets not to dig into and play with your garden and patio pot plants. Use fencing around them, if still persistent.
  7. Make a special area in the garden for your dog to be able to enjoy digging in and playing without being reprimanded.
  8. Position an area that’s shady for your dog to be able to relax in, staying cool, without lots of falling branch twigs on the ground which can injure dog’s mouths should they try and chew.
  9. Leave toys out in their garden designated area to prevent them from being bored.
  10. Fence off any newly planted seedlings and vulnerable plants to avoid your dog digging them up.
  11. Don’t leave any garden implements lying around that can cause injury to yourself and your pets.
  12. Close your greenhouse door at all times to stop wandering pets in. Block any holes and gaps to prevent cats wandering in.
  13. Cover children’s sand pits when not in use so your dog and cat cannot access to eat the sand which is dangerous, or poo in.
  14. Don’t leave paddling pools out unless you’re watching your pet in them. They can easily get damaged unsupervised. Read more about buying the best paddling pools for your pet.
  15. Store all gardening chemicals very carefully, safely, in a closed cupboard out of pets reach. Just because they are labelled ‘organic’ doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful to your pets.
  16. Take care when visiting your friends and your dog is playing in their garden, or moving to a new home, to assess the plants already established and visible, and if there are any really toxic problems where plants may need to be dug up, moved or disposed of.
  17. Don’t use chemicals in the garden or pond.
  18. Have a pet first aid kit always handy. Read more about buying your pet’s first aid kit.

Tips for a pet-friendly safe patio

Having an evening sitting out during mid-summer, on the patio, with friends and family, a few drinks, barbeque and food, is most enjoyable. Candles lighting up the area when it’s dusk and dark adds even more to a magical summer’s evening.

  • Train young pets not to dig into and play with your pot plants. Use fencing around them, if still persistent.
  • Don’t ever leave your barbeque unattended.
  • Don’t throw away hot embers anywhere in the garden as pets can easily burn their paws on these. Put them into a safe area to cool down.
  • Don’t leave your alcoholic drinks and food lying around, not even for a minute. Pets love diving in to test out what you’re eating with dire, and sometimes, life-threatening consequences.
  • Candles need to be positioned safely as cats and small dogs, in particular, can brush past lit candles and singe their fur causing them discomfort. Use old empty glass jars where candles can burn safely in them.

Tips for a pet-friendly safe compost

Compost heaps need covering or fencing off to ensure pets cannot access them.

Whilst the nation is trying to prevent less food waste and recycle more and more household waste, (3 million Brits have already signed up to Olioex free sharing food app – Join them ) the compost heap is ever expanding in size with food waste. This is another huge problem that vets have to deal with, seeing many accidents in their surgeries, where dogs and cats have been scavenging through compost heaps and become very ill. Best to avoid by covering up and fencing off.

Is Your Pet Showing Signs Of Plant Toxicity?

Most plants that cause your dog mild symptoms will definitely cause your cat worst symptoms and likewise pet rabbits when being giving the space of your garden to hop around, under your watchful eye.

Signs of cat poisoning can include (but are not limited to)

  • salivation
  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • twitching
  • fitting
  • breathing difficulties
  • shock
  • collapse
  • coma

Signs of dog poisoning can include (but are not limited to)

  • nausea and vomiting
  • cardiac function–increased heart rate
  • upset stomach
  • hyperactivity
  • lethargy
  • coma
  • shock

If Your Pet Is Showing Signs Of Toxicity

1. Do not try to make your pet sick. Contact your vet immediately.

2. Provide your vet with details of what your pet has eaten, touched or inhaled, bring the remains if you can, how much they have swallowed and ingested, how long ago it happened, andwhat symptoms have developed since.

3. Do not wait for your dog to become unwell. Take vet advice immediately.

The Royal Horticultural Society website provides a list of those plants that may give humans allergies or worse effects and provide the following links as their dedicated websites where their readers can consult for pet toxicity matters –


The Royal Horticultural Society, the RHS, have a dedicated page to the damage that rabbits can cause in gardens and the plants that are robust enough to survive their nibbling. ‘Rabbit-resistant’ plants. If you let your pet rabbit roam around freely providing exercise, then you need to keep a watchful eye.

Some pet rabbit owners use a long length of fencing, making a circle shape, attaching the fencing together to make a simple large pen that creates a dedicated area that they can hop around in, safely away from precious plants.

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