Decorating with greenery comes with many benefits, but living plants can be harmful to pets. If you're considering adding plants to your space, and you have a furry buddy or more at home, it's important to make pet-safe choices. Here are some ideas for how to decorate with greenery while keeping your furry friends safe:
Opt for non-toxic plants
Luckily, there are plenty of houseplants formally designated non-toxic by the ASPCA. While these plants may still cause an upset stomach or other mild reactions, they won't be fatal if your pets decide to take a bite. Some of the best pet-safe houseplant options include peperomias, calatheas and hoyas. For succulents, opt for the echeveria variety. As long as you research your plant choices before bringing them home, you'll keep your pets safe from toxic plants.
Hang them up high
A simple solution to keeping pets out of your plants, regardless of their toxicity, is to hang them out of reach. Hanging planters come in all shapes and sizes, and there are many choices for woven hangers you can use with your favorite pots. If you prefer a more solid approach, keep your plants on floating shelves where they'll be out of reach while still enhancing your space.
Try artificial plants
Artificial plants have come a long way in recent decades, and some are almost too lifelike to tell the difference until you're up close. Artificial plants are perfect for pet owners because there is no worry of toxic plant compounds being ingested; however, be aware of what the fake plant is made of in case your pets like to chew on them.
Another benefit of artificial plants is they never need watering or sunlight. You can place them anywhere in the home for a touch of greenery that's simple and pet-safe.