Landscaping for dogs
My fenced-in backyard has a gentle slope and mature shade trees-silver maple and oak, and clay soil. Due to the shade and two Labs, the yard is mostly dirt. On the slope, I'd like to add some shrubs/flowers for fall and winter interest. My main considerations: (1) nothing poisonous to dogs, (2) verticality as dogs don't see as well horizontally, (3) scent--dogs have great noses, (4) hardiness, (5) shape-again for dog's vision, (6) plants for nibbling. I live in St. Louis, MO, zone 5B.
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I'll direct you to a couple of resources to guide you in plant selections... First, at our website, choose the Plant Encyclopedia's detailed search to find plants that meet your criteria. You can limit your search to your hardiness zone, plant height, color, sun/shade, et cetera, and look at trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials. Once you've made some selections, go to the ASPCA's website ( They've got two extensive lists--toxic and nontoxic plants. You can eliminate your plant selections if they appear on the toxic list. I hope this helps!

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