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Nov 17, 2016 9:48 AM CST
I live in Brandon, SD. BRrrrrrr
I have a beautiful all-seasons room and have a yard fountain in my all-seasons room.
I have 3 dogs. 2 small and one large.
I need ideas on things that will grow well in pots and be dog safe.
I want some tall grasses
some draping plants that will appear waterfall-ish.
Name: Elaine
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Nov 17, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Do your dogs eat or chew plants? When you're outdoors for walks and playing do they go after anything in the garden? Really the best way to keep dogs safe from plants is to put the plants out of reach. Well, and also train the dogs not to touch the plants (spray with a yucky smell or taste?) There are critter repellents designed to do this. My daughter also sprays the dogs with a spritz of water if they show any interest in the plants.

You know how dogs are, they will take it into their heads to chew the whole top of a plant to a nub, then never touch it again (but it's usually dead by then). They will chew any plant, and any plant even if it is supposedly "non-toxic" can make your dog sick. (speaking from my daughter's recent experience here)

So my first idea would be to use hanging plants, or sturdy pedestals so that the plants are up high at the beginning. In a hanging basket, Coleus is beautiful, easy and will cascade nicely down over the sides of the pot. It IS slightly toxic to pets but if you keep it out of reach, it's the ideal plant for such a situation in my opinion. It takes very kindly to being pinched and pruned to keep it at a safe level.

For a grassy plant, Fountain Grass comes in some amazing colors, and is really pretty. YOu'll probably have to protect it from the dogs with a little cage of chicken wire or something until it gets some big, sturdy stems. They will surely eat the tender small stems as they appear, since animals are hankering for green stuff sometimes in the winter. My daughter grows "cat grass" for her two cats, and the dogs eat it too. Btw if you buy a kit for growing cat grass at the pet store, don't plant it the way they recommend - they give you enough seeds for at least 3 large pots of grass so plant a few pots and maybe the dogs will only eat that if they get a yen for greens and leave your other new plants unmolested.

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