Beautiful, but poisonous plants that should not be planted in the garden if you have children and animals

Beautiful, but poisonous plants that should not be planted in the garden if you have children and animals

We often choose plants for our garden for their decorative qualities. However, some of them, despite their external beauty, can be very poisonous. Before planting a new plant in your garden, ask about its characteristics, especially if your family has animals and small children.

Lily of the valley

An early spring flower, the medicinal properties of which are used in medicine for cardiovascular diseases. However, if plant parts enter the human or animal body, this can lead to arrhythmias and disruption of the gastrointestinal tract.

Leaves are especially toxic. It is not recommended to pick lily of the valley flowers, not only because they are listed in the Red Book. A beautiful flower with an incredibly rich smell can be deadly indoors.


A popular plant for decorating gardens, it is very unpretentious, but it has a rather unpleasant smell. It can reach a height of 80 cm. Small flowers are shown on it in May or June.

After flowering, black oblong fruits are formed, which are very toxic. In general, all parts of the Voronets are poisonous, but the berries are the highest concentration. If swallowed, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and poor breathing may occur.


It has flowers of a beautiful and original shape. However, in all parts of the plant there are poisonous substances, if they enter the body, poisoning can occur up to the cessation of breathing, heart and convulsions. Causes skin burns.

If aconite grows in your area, gloves should always be worn when caring for it. Sometimes it is enough to touch the flower with an unprotected hand and then accidentally touch the lips to receive a dose of toxins.

Many studies suggest that this plant is the most poisonous on the territory of the European continent. It has many varieties in color and shape. In the southern regions, the plant contains the maximum amount of poison, but, for example, in Norway it can serve as feed for cows.


A beautifully flowering bright plant, very often used by gardeners to decorate the garden. However, it is also poisonous. Most species of delphinium accumulate toxins in fruits and roots, in smaller doses, their content - in leaves and stems.

When ingested, it causes depression of the central nervous system, poisoning in the digestive tract and disorders of the heart. A large dose of poison can cause respiratory paralysis and death.


It has more than 1600 species of annual and perennial plants, which are united by the presence of poisonous milk-colored sap in the stems.

Milkweed juice has long been used as a remedy in Greece, Rome and Egypt. They were cauterized with warts, applied to calluses and treated for many skin diseases. It has also been used as a diaphoretic, diuretic, and laxative.

If parts of milkweed are ingested, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and headache may occur. The first symptoms can appear after 10-12 hours: first there will be manifestations from the gastrointestinal tract, and then a general deterioration in the condition, a decrease in pressure, and a rapid heartbeat.

If you do not provide assistance in time, convulsions and loss of consciousness may follow. Special care should be taken by people prone to allergies. Upon contact with milkweed juice, they may develop an instant reaction - Quincke's edema, which is fatal.

When planning to supplement your garden with a new plant, it is useful to study its properties and characteristics in order to protect yourself and your family from possible problems. This is not difficult to do, especially since there are many equally beautiful, but absolutely safe plants.

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Poisonous plant from the buttercup family, contains the neurotoxin aconitine. The root is the most toxic. The arrows were soaked in juice. There are up to three hundred species of this flower, the most common are 5. The blue buds resemble a slipper or a helmet of a warrior with a visor.

The plant contains lycorin, belongs to the poisonous. It is found on every household plot, striking in a variety of species. Toxic to animals and humans, especially if ingested. Collectors of these spring flowers often suffer from dermatitis.

Spicy garden: fragrant herbs in the beds and in flower beds

Marjoram and lemon balm, thyme and basil, rosemary and mint - all these aromatic herbs are great spices for your favorite dishes. So why not grow them in your garden? Moreover, the sowing time is rapidly approaching. To make the result happy, you need to remember a few simple rules.

Stylish aromatic herbal compositions can be created in containers and pots

Not all herbs are "friendly" with each other: marjoram and thyme, lemon balm and basil should not be planted next to each other. But it is worth "settling" in the neighborhood those who get along well with each other, and even bring mutual benefit: sage and marjoram - with carrots, basil - with savory, dill - with cucumber.

It is imperative to take into account the different requirements for growing conditions. Heat and sun love rosemary, basil, sage, cumin, marjoram. Mint, lemon balm, tarragon, dill can be planted in partially shaded areas. Frequent watering is loved by oregano, marjoram, basil, but lovage, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, tarragon can be watered infrequently.


Spicy herbs are not only tasty and aromatic, but also aesthetically pleasing. Flower beds made of fragrant plants will be a wonderful decoration of the summer cottage space. In the center of the composition, place tall specimens - tarragon, caraway, lovage, mint. Closer to the edge - those that are lower: basil, rosemary, thyme.


You can read about how to decorate your garden with herbs, about the character and portrait of each plant in the April issue of the magazine "My Beautiful Garden" (p. 12). The issue is already on sale!

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Unpretentiousness is their strong point

Poppies are light-requiring, so choose sunny locations for them. These plants are also cold-hardy, and perennial species are winter-hardy, so you can sow seeds directly into open ground in early spring (winter sowing is also recommended).

You can sow seeds directly in open ground in early spring.

As for the soil, these beauties are undemanding to it. And the care for them is minimal. It comes down to loosening, weeding and watering during dry periods (poppy does not tolerate stagnant moisture). But "pets" love to eat: feed them with organic and mineral fertilizers, then the leaves will be rich green, the flowers will be large and bright. Poppies can't stand a transplant because they have a pivotal root system. Therefore, sow the seeds directly into the flower garden and thin out the seedlings later.