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PLANTS FOR SMALL GARDENS

CATEGORIES:  Annuals & Perennials |  Shrubs & Climbers |  Trees

Garden sizes are constantly shrinking, resulting in the need for smaller, dwarf and compact plants to fit into the confined spaces. This list is by no means complete, but includes some of the more recent introductions that complies with these requirements.

Agapanthus ‘Bingo Blue’
SPECIAL DWARF
BLUE AGAPANTHUS
Agapanthus ‘White Ice’
 * DWARF WHITE AGAPANTHUS
Agapanthus africanus
‘Summer Gold’
VARIEGATED DWARF AGAPANTHUS

agapanthus_bingo_blueE I 

agapanthus_white_iceE I 

agapanthus_summer_goldE I

Aloe ‘Hedgehog’
* CLUMP FORMING ALOE
Alstoemeria
‘Inticancha Hybrids’
DWARF INCA LILY
 Begonia semperflorens
hybrdids

BEDDING BEGONIA
aloe_hedgehogE I
alstoemeria-inticancha-hybridsD
begonia-semperflorens-hybrdidsE
Brachyscome hybrid
‘Brasco Violet’
SWAN RIVER DAISY
Clivia miniata – all
colours & hybrids

BUSH LILY
Diascia integerrima hybrids
WILD SNAPDRAGON
brachyscome-hybrid-brasco-violetE
clivia-miniataE I
diascia_integerrima_hybridsE I
Dymondia margaretae
DAISY GROUND COVER
Euphorbia hypericifolia
‘Diamond Star’
SPURGE
Felicia bergeriana
KINGFISHER DAISY
dymondia_margaretaeE I
euphorbia_hypericifolia_diamond_starD
felicia_bergerianaE I
Gaura lindheimeri
‘Belleza Dark Pink’
ANGEL WINGS
Gazania x hybrida
STAR FLOWERS
Hemerocallis ‘Tex’
DAY LILY
gaura_lindheimeri_belleza_dark_pinkED
gazania_x_hybridaE I
hemerocallis_texE
Impatiens x hawkeri hybrids
NEW GUINEA IMPATIENS
Lavandula stoechas
FRENCH LAVENDER
Leucanthemum x superbum
‘Daisy Mae’
SHASTA DAISY
impatiens_x_hawkeri_hybrids E lavender_stoechasE daisy_maeE
Nemesia caerulea hybrids
WILD NEMESIA
Osteospermum
ecklonis
hybrids
AFRICAN DAISY
Phlox subulata hybrids
ALPINE PHLOX
nemesia_caerulea_hybridsE I osteospermum_ecklonis_hybridsE I phlox_subulat_hybridsE
Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’
PLECTRANTHUS
Portulaca oleracea hybrids
PURSLANE
Salvia leucantha
MEXICAN SAGE
plectranthus_mona_lavenderE I portulaca_oleracea_hybridsE salvia_leucanthaE
Strelitzia juncea
NARROW LEAF STRELITZIA
Tulbaghia violacea Silver Lace’
WILD GARLIC
strelitzia_junceaE I tulbaghia_violacea_silver_laceED I B

NOTES:
* Many agapanthus are suitable for small gardens.
* Variegated dwarf agapanthus.
* Many smaller aloes are good in small gardens.

BULB:  Plants that have underground, fleshy storage structures.
DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
FRUIT:  Plants which bear fruit that attract birds to the garden.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
NECTAR-RICH:  Plants which flowers are rich in nectar and attract birds and insects.
SEED: Plants which seeds attract birds to the garden.


Abelia x grandiflora
‘Kaleidoscope’
VARIGATED ABELIA
Barleria albostellata
GREY BARLERIA
Bougainvillea x buttiana
‘Temple Fire’

DWARF BOUGAINVILLEA
abelia_x_grandiflora_kaleidoscopeE
barleria_albostellataE I
bougainvillea_buttiana_temple_fireD
Buxus microphylla ‘Faulkner’
DWARF BOX
Callistemon citrinus ‘Little John’
DWARF BOTTLEBRUSH
Carissa bispinosa
FOREST NUM-NUM
buxus_microphyll_faulknerE
callistemon_citrinus_little_johnE
carissa_bispinosaE I 
Coprosma repens ‘Fireburst’
RED LEAF MIRROR BUSH
Cordyline banksii ‘Electric Flash’
DWARF CABBAGE TREE
Cordyline banksii ‘Electric Pink’
DWARF CABBAGE TREE
coprosma_repens_fireburstE
cordyline_banksii_electric_flashE
cordyline_banksii_electric_pinkE
Cordyline banksii ‘Electric Star’
DWARF CABBAGE TREE
Cordyline banksii ‘Red Fountain’
DWARF CABBAGE TREE
Cuphea mexicana ‘White Wonder’
plus other colours

FALSE HEATHER
cordyline_banksii_electric_starE
cordyline_banksii_red_fountainE
cuphea_mexicana_white_wonderE
Euonymous japonicus
‘Microphyllus Gold Dust’
DWARF JAPANESE SPINDLE
Freylinia tropica
HONEY BUSH
Hebe ‘Amy’
* VERONICA
euonymous_japonicus_microphyllus_gold_dustE
freylinia_tropicaE I
hebe_amyE
Hydrangea macrophylla
‘Winning Edge’
MOPHEAD
Jasminum multipartitum
WILD JASMINE
Justicia brandegeeana
SHRIMP PLANT
hydrangea_macrophylla_winning_edge D 
jasminum_multipartitumE I C
justicia_brandegeeanaE
Leonotis leonurus
WILD DAGGA
Mackaya bella
RIVER BELLS
Mandevilla sanderi hybrids
BUSH DIPLADENIA
leonotis_leonurusED I
mackaya_bellaE I
mandevilla_sanderi_hybridsE
Metarungia longistrobus
SUNBIRD BUSH
Myrsine africana
CAPE MYRTLE
Nandina domestica ‘Pygmaea’
DWARF SACRED BAMBOO
metarungia_longistrobusE I
myrsine_africanaE I
nandina_domestica_pygmaeaED
Pentas lanceolata hybrids
EGYPTIAN STAR CLUSTERS
Phormium tenax rubra
NEW ZEALAND FLAX
Platycladus orientalis
‘Aurea Nana Compacta’
DWARF ARBORVITAE
pentas_lanceolata_hybridsE
phormium_tenax_rubraE
platycladus_orientalis_aurea_nana_compactaE
Polygala myrtifolia
SEPTEMBER BUSH
Portulacaria afra
PORK BUSH
Rhododendron kurume hybrids
JAPANESE AZALEA
polygala_myrtifoliaE I
portulacaria_afraE I
RhododendronE D
Salvia greggii hybrids
AUTUMN SAGE
Tecoma capensis ‘Lutea’
YELLOW CAPE HONEYSUCKLE
Trachelospermum asiaticum
‘Summer Sunset’
GOLDEN STAR JASMINE
salvia_greggii_hybridsE
tecoma_capensis_luteaE I
trachelospermum_asiaticum_summer_sunsetE C

CLIMBER:  Plants or vines that climb and creep. They need support of some kind in your garden.  Great for walls, fences, pergolas and trellis’.
DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.

Acer palmatum
JAPANESE MAPLE
Bauhinia natalensis
NATAL BAUHINIA
Bauhinia tomentosa
YELLOW TREE BAUHINIA
acer-palmatumD bauhinia_natalensisD I
bauhinia_tomentosaD I
Burchellia bubalina
WILD POMEGRANATE
Camellia sasanqua hybrids
JAPANESE CAMELLIA
Citrus aurantiifolia
BEAR’S LIME
burchellia_bubalinaI
camellia_sasanqua_hybridsE citrus_aurantiifoliaE F
Croton gratissimus
LAVENDER FEVER BERRY
Dais cotinifolia
POMPON TREE
Dombeya rotundifolia
WILD PEAR
croton_gratissimusE I
dais_cotinifoliaD I
dombeya_rotundifoliaD I
Dombeya tiliacea
FOREST WILD PEAR
Erythrina humeana
DWARF CORAL TREE
Ficus carica ‘White Genoa’
EDIBLE FIG
dombeya_tiliaceaD I
erythrina_humeanaD I
ficus_carica_white_genoaD
Greyia sutherlandii
NATAL BOTTLE-BRUSH
Heteropyxis natalensis
LAVENDER TREE
Indigofera jucunda
RIVER INDIGO
greyia_sutherlandiiD I  heteropyxis_natalensisED I  indigofera_jucundaED I 
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
DWARF BULL BAY
Malus floribunda
JAPANESE CRAB APPLE
Ochna natalitia
MICKEY MOUSE BUSH
magnolia_grandiflora_little_gemE malus_floribundaD ochna_natalitiaED I 
Prunus persica hybrids
FLOWERING PEACH
Prunus serrulata hybrids
JAPANESE FLOWERING CHERRY
Rothmannia globosa
SEPTEMBER BELLS
prunus_persica_hybridsD prunus_serrulata_hybridsD rothmannia_globosaE I 
Senegalia caffra
COMMON HOOK THORN
Turraea obtusifolia
SMALL HONEYSUCKLE TREE
Vachellia tortilis
UMBRELLA THORN
senegalia_caffraD I T turraea_obtusifoliaD I vachellia_tortilisD I T

DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
FRUIT:  Plants which bear fruit that attract birds to the garden.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
THORN:   Trees which bear thorns.


Whilst every care and caution has been taken in compiling these lists in terms of correctness and accuracy, Blackwood’s, nor any of their employees can be held liable or responsible if any of the recommendations are found to be incorrect in any way whatsoever. They are merely a guide to help gardeners and staff in finding solutions to gardening problems. All plants listed may not be available for sale at times. They do however all grow in the greater Pietermaritzburg area and surrounding districts and are to be found growing successfully in gardens.