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Discover how to create a pet friendly garden.

Are you an avid plant lover but also a pet parent? Created in collaboration with the Soto Pet pre-designed border contains plants that are not only pet friendly and safe*, but beautiful too.

Many pet owners are confused when it comes to the right pet friendly plant for their garden. This guide takes away the confusion and suggests plants which are not known to be harmful to pets and have been given the seal of approval by Dr Sean McCormack, Head Vet at Read on to see the top choices from garden designer Will Williams and hear how to look after and style these plants.

The pre-designed border, Soto Pet

The Soto Pet collection This border collection is an exclusive collaboration with The pre-designed flowerbed is effortless, moody and refined. The Soto Pet collection is low maintenance, serene and very importantly, pet friendly! This is a great option if you want a designer garden look complete with care guidance and importantly, a planting plan to show you where to place your plants for the perfect garden border. Available for sun, part shade and shade, there is an option for every garden. Alternatively, the individual plants are available to purchase.

Pittosporum Golf Balls

Care Tips: Pittosporum Golf Balls are relatively low-maintenance plants. They thrive in well-draining soil and prefer moderate watering.

Styling tip: These evergreen plants give structure to borders.

Royal Whites

Care Tips: Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming and prevent the plant from putting energy into seed production. Cut back the flower spikes to just above a set of healthy leaves or stems once the blooms have faded.

Styling: Often compared to foxgloves, bees and other wildlife love this pretty plant. Use Royal White to add country garden styling or to balance more formal planting.

Purple Moor Grasses

Care Tips: In late winter or early spring, cut back the previous year's foliage to make way for new growth. Trim the grasses to a height of 5 -10 cm above the ground. This pruning helps maintain the plant's vigour and appearance.

Styling: This ornamental grass which is great for providing structure and height to a border.

Astrantia Burgundy Manors

Care Tips: Deadhead spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the spring and summer. In late autumn or early spring, cut back the entire plant to ground level to rejuvenate growth.

Styling: The Astrantia Burgundy Manor is a striking, long flowering plant that adds long flowering interest to pots and flowerbeds.

Quaking Grasses

Care Tips: Quaking Grasses, or Briza maxima, are delicate ornamental grasses that benefit from the deadheading of spent seed heads to prevent self-seeding and maintain the plant's appearance. Trim back any yellowing or damaged foliage as needed. In late autumn or early spring, you can cut back the entire plant to ground level to rejuvenate growth.

Styling: Quaking Grass, also known as Briza maxima, is an ornamental grass prized for its delicate, nodding seed heads that rustle in the breeze, adding movement and texture to the garden.


Care: Trim back any leggy or straggly growth to maintain a tidy appearance. In late fall or early spring, you can cut back the entire plant to ground level to rejuvenate growth.

Styling: Looking for a pretty way to cover the ground? You’ve found the answer with this attractive plant.

Salvia Caradonnas

Care Tips: Salvia Caradonnas, or Meadow Sages, benefit from the deadheading of spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming throughout the growing season.

Styling: Salvia 'Caradonna' pairs well with a variety of perennials and annuals in mixed borders or cottage gardens. Its deep purple flowers provide a bold contrast to lighter-coloured blooms and green foliage.

Christmas Boxes

Care Tips: Prune Christmas Boxes, or Sarcococca lightly after flowering to maintain a compact shape.

Styling: This Christmas Box provides evergreen structure to areas in the shade.

Astrantia Star of Billions

Care: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming.

Styling: Add Astrantia Star of Billions to pots and borders for long flowering interest.

Golden Dews

Care Tips: Lightly prune after flowering to encourage bushier growth and more flowers.

Styling: The feathery Golden Dew brings a softness to your outside space.

Deer Ferns

Care: Trim back any overgrown or unsightly foliage to encourage new growth from the centre of the plant.

Styling: Add delicate texture to areas of shade.

Dusky Cransbills

Care Tips: Deadhead spent flowers to encourage reblooming. These flowers love to be planted in the shade and appreciate a good water.

Styling: Dusky Cransbills, or Geranium phaeum, are gorgeous perennial geraniums known for their dusky-coloured flowers. Use to bring depth and sophistication to your outside space.

It is important to water all plants really well when you plant and ensure the ground is prepared before planting. These plants will create a sophisticated, yet relaxed display which can be enjoyed by you and your pets.

Each plant has detailed guidance on the plant profile page.

*Not known to harm pets.

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