Bees are extremely important pollination insects in the production of food crops. So much so that it’s mooted that if bees were to become extinct mankind would starve to death in a matter of years. Attracting bees to gardens has become a popular aspect of modern day horticulture with “bee friendly” pesticides available on the market. By growing flowering plants that provide pollen for bees plays an important role in maintaining viable bee populations in suburban areas. These are just a few of the more common garden plants that can be planted for this purpose. 


Achillea millefolium (yarrow) D
Agapanthus praecox subsp. orientalis (lily of the Nile) E | I
Agastache foeniculum (anise hyssop) E | H
Alstroemeria x hybrid (Inca lily) D
Ammi majus (Queen Ann’s lace) E
Asclepias tuberosa (milkweed) E
Asparagus officinalis (asparagus) D
Aster callistephus (Chinese aster) E
Aster tradescantia (Michaelmas daisy) D
Borago offciinalis (borage) E | H
Clivia miniata (bush lily) E | I
Cynara scolymus (globe artichoke) E
Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) E
Ecinacea purpurea (cone flower) D
Erigeron karvinskianus (fleabane) E
Gaillardia x grandiflora (blanket flower) E
Gazania uniflora (starflower) E | I
Helianthus annuus (sunflower) D
Kniphofia uvaria (red hot poker) D | I
Lampranthus aureus (orange vygie) E | I
Lavandula stoechas (French lavender, Italian lavender, Spanish lavender) E
Lobularia maritima (sweet alyssum) E
Monarda didyma (bee balm) E
Origanum vulgare (oregano) E | H
Osteospermum x hybrida (African daisy) E | I
Papaver nudicaule (Iceland poppy) E
Penstemon x hybrida (penstemon) D
Rudbeckia hirta (coneflower) D
Salvia splendens (scarlet sage) E
Scabiosa columbaria (pincushion flower) E
Sedum spectabile (stonecrop) D
Streptocarpus hybrids (Cape primrose) E
Thymus vulgaris (common thyme) E | H
Verbena x hybrida (verbena) E


Agave americana ‘Medio-Picta’ (century plant) E
Agave attenuata(swan’s neck) E
Aloe marlothii (mountain aloe) E | I
Aucuba japonica ‘Variegata’ (Japanese laurel) E
Dicksoniaantarctica (tree fern) E
Fatsia japonica (Japanese aralia) E
Furcraeafoetidavarmediopicta (Mauritius hemp) E
Hydrangea quercifolia(oak leaf  hydrangea) D
Kalanchoebeharensis (donkey’s ears) E
Kalanchoegastonis-bonnieri  (palm beachbells) E
Mahonialomarifolia (Chinese mahonia) E
Melianthusmafor (honey flower) E | I
Monsteradeliciosa (delicious monster) E
Philodendron ‘Xanadu’ E
Philodendron selloum E
Strelitziareginae (crane flower) E | I


Brachylaena discolour (coastal silver leaf) E | I
Calpurnia aurea (wild laburnum) D | I
Carica papaya (paw paw) E  | F
Citrus E | F
Clerodendrum glabrum (tinderwood) E | I
Combretum krausii (forest bush willow) E | I
Dichrostachys cinerea (sickle bush) D | I
Dombeya rotundifolia (wild pear) D | I
Erythrina lysitemon (coral tree) D | I
Halleria lucida (wild tree fuchsia) E | I
Magnolia grandiflora (bull bay) E
Malus domesticum (apple) D | F
Nuxia floribunda (forest elder) E | I
Peltophorum africanum (weeping wattle) D | I
Prunus cerasifera (plum) D | F
Prunus persica (peach) D | F
Rhamnus prinoides (dogwood) E | I
Salix caprea (goat’s willow)  D
Scotia brachypetala (weeping Boer bean)  E | I
Searsia lancea (karee)  E | I
Syzygium cordatum (water berry)  E | I
 Vachellia karoo (sweet thorn)  D | I
 Ziziphus mucronata (buffalo thorn) E | I

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.

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.