Child and pet safe outdoor plants

Designed by
Freddie, Founder of Patch

We’re big fans of pets here at Patch - we even have some regular pet visitors to the office. And while you might know that it’s better not to snack on your plant friends (with a few exceptions!) the four-legged members of your family aren’t always so wise. You guys often ask us for advice on choosing pet-safe plants, so we thought we would gather together a few of our favourite options here. These guys won’t do any harm to your pets if they happen to have a sneaky nibble, and they look good to boot!

If you think that your plant might be dangerous to keep around pets or children take a look at its product page - we have plenty more plants available and always give details of its toxicity in the description. 

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Child and pet safe plants

Emil is one of our favourite ornamental grasses here at Patch. Stipa tenuissima is a lush green grass that dances playfully in the wind and looks fabulous planted amongst or alongside vibrantly coloured flowers such as Verbena, Salvia and Redhotpokers. Cats tend to love nibbling on his leafy goodness.

Beryl the Golden shield fern is non-toxic so you’ve got nothing to worry about if keeping her around pets. She's a real beauty, who loves nothing more than to spread out in a damp, shady spot in the garden. 

These little guys are no threat to your pets. The may be small but they are certainly big on looks! Originating from the mountainous regions of Europe, Alpine succulents, or Sempervivums, are ideal for small urban spaces as they will root down almost anywhere, whether it's a windowbox, between paving slabs or tiny gaps in the tops and sides of walls. 

It's perfectly fine for your pet to nibble on Ollie the Olive tree's branches. Look out for white flowers in summer but you'll be very lucky to get fruit, which is the result of a drier, hotter climate than ours.

Fats the Fatsia Japonica is what gardeners call 'a real doer'. Practically bombproof, happy in most locations and with a beautiful habit, he's a great plant for urban or novice gardeners and is non-toxic. 

Laura is better known as a Bay pyramid  and is a timeless plant, with good reason: it's hard to make her look out of place whether she's on a small balcony or a larger terraced garden. As well as being low maintance Laura is non-toxic, in fact delicious!

Inger our umbrella bamboo is a superstar plant and a real gem when it comes to urban gardening. Her dense upright canes, covered with fresh green foliage, will arch and sway happily in the wind, making her a brilliant privacy screen or wind break when planted or positioned in a line. She’s no threat to your pets - in fact, cats and kittens might like to play with her foliage.

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Contains one Stipa Tenuissima, three Dryopteris Affinis, five Alpine succulents, one Olive Tree, one Fatsia Japonica, one Bay Pyramid and one Umbrella Bamboo. Pots, compost and drainage material are also included. 


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