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Greening your Home: Pet and Child-Friendly Indoor and Outdoor Plants with Nomadic Home & Garden


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Plants have long been used to bring beauty and life to homes and gardens, but for families with pets and children, choosing the right plants can be a challenge. Many common plants can be toxic to animals and children, posing a serious risk to their health and safety. At Nomadic Home & Garden, we believe that everyone should be able to enjoy the benefits of plants without compromising on safety. In this blog, we'll introduce you to 10 popular indoor and 10 outdoor plants that are safe for pets and children, as well as share some tips on how to create a beautiful and safe home with plants.

Indoor Plants


Image of a Spider Plant - Long green and white striped leaves growing from the center of the plant, with a few small white flowers on the end of long stems. Child and pet friendly plants

  1. Spider Plant - The spider plant is a classic choice for indoor spaces, known for its ability to purify the air and its hardiness. It's also non-toxic to both pets and humans, making it a safe addition to any home. The spider plant is also easy to care for and can thrive in a variety of lighting conditions.

  2. Boston Fern - With its lush, green foliage, the Boston fern is a popular choice for indoor spaces. It's also safe for pets and children, making it a great option for families. The Boston fern requires more attention than some other plants on this list, as it needs to be kept moist and requires bright, indirect light to thrive.

  3. Rubber Plant - The rubber plant is a stylish addition to any home, and it's also pet and child-friendly. Its leaves are thick and waxy, which helps to retain moisture and makes it a low-maintenance plant. The rubber plant does best in bright, indirect light and can grow quite tall if given enough space.

  4. Prayer Plant - This unique plant gets its name from the way its leaves fold up at night, resembling hands folded in prayer. Prayer plants are safe for both pets and children, making them a popular choice for those who want a unique and safe indoor plant. The prayer plant does well in low to medium light and prefers to be kept moist.

  5. Areca Palm - This palm tree is a popular indoor plant, known for its ability to purify the air and its low maintenance requirements. It's also non-toxic to pets and children, making it a great choice for families. The Areca palm does best in bright, indirect light and can grow quite tall if given enough space.

  6. Money Tree - The money tree is a symbol of good luck and prosperity, and it's also a pet and child-friendly plant. It's easy to care for and adds a touch of green to any indoor space. The money tree prefers bright, indirect light and likes to be watered thoroughly but not too often.

  7. Christmas Cactus - This beautiful plant blooms in the winter months and is a safe option for both pets and children. It's also easy to care for, making it a great addition to any home. The Christmas cactus prefers bright, indirect light and should be watered thoroughly but allowed to dry out slightly between waterings.

  8. African Violet - The African violet is a beautiful indoor plant with vibrant purple flowers. It's also non-toxic to pets and children, making it a safe choice for those who want to add a pop of color to their homes. The African violet does well in medium to bright light and prefers to be kept moist.

  9. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) - A classic houseplant that is safe for pets and children, the Boston fern is known for its graceful, arching fronds that can grow up to three feet long. It prefers a bright but indirect light and requires regular watering to keep its soil moist.

  10. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) - Despite its name, the Ponytail Palm is not actually a palm but belongs to the succulent family. It is an easy-to-care-for plant that can thrive in bright, indirect light and requires infrequent watering. It is safe for both pets and children and can grow up to ten feet tall when mature.

Outdoor Plants


Image of a Marigold - A bright and cheery plant with vibrant yellow or orange flowers and deep green foliage, perfect for adding color to any garden or outdoor space. Child and pet friendly plants

  1. Marigold (Tagetes spp.) - Marigolds are an easy-to-grow annual flower that come in shades of orange, yellow, and red. They are a great choice for garden beds, borders, and containers, and they are also known to repel insects.

  2. Sunflower (Helianthus spp.) - Sunflowers are a classic garden flower that come in a variety of sizes and colors, ranging from small dwarf varieties to tall, towering giants. They are easy to grow from seed and can add a cheerful touch to any garden.

  3. Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus) - Snapdragons are a popular bedding plant that come in a range of colors, including pink, red, orange, yellow, and white. They bloom in early summer and prefer full sun or partial shade.

  4. Petunia (Petunia spp.) - Petunias are a versatile annual flower that come in a variety of colors and are known for their ability to bloom all season long. They are a popular choice for hanging baskets and window boxes.

  5. Zinnia (Zinnia spp.) - Zinnias are a cheerful annual flower that come in a variety of shapes and colors, including orange, yellow, pink, and red. They are easy to grow from seed and are a great choice for garden beds and borders.

  6. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) - Also known as pot marigold, calendula is an easy-to-grow annual flower that is often used for medicinal purposes. It comes in shades of yellow and orange and prefers full sun or partial shade.

  7. Nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus) - Nasturtiums are a popular annual flower that come in shades of yellow, orange, and red. They are known for their edible flowers and leaves, which have a spicy, peppery flavor.

  8. Impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) - Impatiens are a popular shade-loving annual flower that come in a range of colors, including pink, white, and red. They are great for adding color to shady areas of the garden.

  9. Cosmos (Cosmos spp.) - Cosmos are a popular annual flower that come in shades of pink, white, and red. They are easy to grow from seed and are a great choice for adding color to garden beds and borders.

  10. Lantana (Lantana camara) - Lantana is a colorful perennial flower that comes in shades of orange, yellow, pink, and red. It is known for its ability to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden.

These outdoor plants are not only safe for pets and children, but they also add a burst of color and life to any garden. With the right care and attention, they can thrive and create a beautiful and healthy outdoor space for your family and pets to enjoy. As a one-stop-shop for all your gardening needs, we also offer other services such as landscape design, garden maintenance, and irrigation system installation. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable staff is always ready to assist you with any queries you may have regarding your plants or gardening needs.

We take pride in our large variety of indoor and outdoor plants that we stock at competitive prices. Our free delivery service in South Australia ensures that you get your plants and gardening supplies right at your doorstep.

We hope this guide has been helpful in selecting pet and child-friendly indoor and outdoor plants for your home. With so many options available, you can easily create a beautiful and healthy garden that is safe for your loved ones and pets. Happy gardening!

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