Oregano is the perfect herb to add to any garden. Allowing some of it to flower is truly a treat for our pollinator friends. It elevates any sauce you are making or can be added as a garnish on your soups or stews. Don’t be afraid to sprinkle a little bit onto your dog’s food. Oregano is high in antioxidants and rich in fiber making it the perfect garnish to support their immune system.
Rosemary is the “it” herb to grow in your garden. Beginner gardeners will be delighted to hear that this mighty herb requires only space and sunlight to grow. It contains microbial properties and is rich in antioxidants. Use it as a spice for your homemade dog food to help keep it fresh.
I’ve never had success growing basil, but if you have that green thumb, go for it! Elevate your cooking with fresh basil in your garden. This herb contains anti-inflammatory properties and induces a calming effect. Sprinkle a bit onto your dog’s food to take advantage of the benefits.
Sage & Pineapple Sage
Sage can be used in cooking and used for cleansing your space. It’s also great for your local pollinators. With the right soil conditions, your sage plant can thrive as your low-maintenance, drought-tolerant herb. There’s a reason sage is regarded as sacred. This plant is punched with endless benefits, such as vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and antimicrobial properties.
Add the flowers or leaves to your salad and it instantly becomes something out of a five-star restaurant. Garnish your dishes with vibrant flowers for a little extra spice. These flowers are easy to grow, perfect for pollinators, a natural pest repellent, and a natural weed barrier. And yes, the entire plant is edible. Careful with feeding this to your pup. Too much nasturtium may give them a tummy ache.
These statement plants are perfect for any garden. A sunflower patch creates the perfect photo opportunity. The patch instantly elevates your space and even provides seeds when it comes time to harvest. Become the talk of the block with these bright friends in your garden. When it comes time to harvest, shell some of these (throw the black shells in your compost bin) and generously sprinkle the seeds into your dog’s food to improve their coat and skin!
Nothing compares to fresh dill in your garden. Use it for pickling or as a fresh garnish. It’s also really great for your local ecosystem. It attracts predatory insects that would help control the insect pest population in your garden.
Thyme (Creeping Thyme)
This thyme is a perfectly pet-friendly alternative to ground cover. This tasty herb can be used in any dish that requires—or is missing—a bright, herb note. All varieties of this herb are pet-safe, except for Spanish thyme.
This herb is a tasty treat for our butterfly and other pollinator friends. Once established it will continue to grow and flourish in the chosen environment. If you are planting dill in the same garden, beware of cross-pollination! You will end up with some strange tasting seeds.
These nine plants are great additions to your garden. We recommend adding a few of these herbs and spices to your garden beds. Your local pollinators will thank you, and your dog will, too!