Purple, red and black foliaged plants also stand out from the masses. Being of a darker hue they always make excellent background subjects for mass plantings with paler shades in the foreground. Use them sparingly to avoid creating a dark overtone to the garden or landscape.


Ajuga reptans ‘Black Scallop’ (carpet bugle) ED
Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ (carpet bugle) ED
Alternanthera bettzickiana (calico plant) E
Amaranthus tricolor (Joseph’s coat) E
Begonia semperflorens hybrids (bedding begonia) E
Bromeliad x Cryptbergia rubra (ground cover bromeliad) E
Bromeliad Neoregelia ‘Fireball’ (bromeliad) E
Canna x hybrida ‘Black Knight’ (canna) D
Capsicum annuum ‘Black Pearl’ (ornamental pepper) E
Celosia cristata ‘Smart Look Red’ (cock’s comb) E
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ (coral bells) E
Impatiens hawkeri hybrids (New Guinea impatiens) E
Ipomoea batatas ‘Sweet Caroline Black’ (ornamental sweet potato) D
Ocimum basilicum ‘Dark Lady’ (purple basil) E
Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ (black mondo grass) E
Pennisetum‘Vertigo’ (giant purple grass) D
Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’ (purple fountain grass) D
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurescens’ (purple leaf sage) E
Solenostemon scutellarioides (coleus or Joseph’s coat) E
Succulent Aeonium arboreum‘Zwartkop’ (black velevet rose) E
Succulent Echeveria shaviana x affinis ‘Black Prince’ (black rock rose) E
Succulent Kalanchoe sexangularis (red kalanchoe) E | I
Succulent Sedum x rubrotinctum (jellybean plant) E


Acalypha wilkesiana‘Nigra’ (copperleaf) E
Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum Crimson Queen’ (cut leaf Japanese maple) D
Berberis thunbergii  ‘Atropurpurea Golden Ring’ (barberry) D
Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea Nana’ (dwarf barberry) D
Berberis thunbergii ‘Atropurpurea Rosy Glow’ (pink leaf barberry) D
Codiaeum variegatum select hybrids (croton) E
Coprosma ‘Pacific Night’ (purple mirror bush) E
Cordyline banksii ‘Red Fountain’ (dwarf cabbage tree) E
Euphorbia cotinifolia (red leaf euphorbia) D
Hebe ‘Amy’ (veronica) E
Loropetalum chinense  ‘Rubrum’ (Chinese fringe bush) E
Nandina domestica ‘Obsession’ (Japanese sacred bamboo) E
Phormium ‘Amazing Red’ (New Zealand flax) E
Phormium tenax ‘Rubrum’ (New Zealand flax) E
Physocarpus opulifolius‘Little Devil’ (nine bark) D
Pseuderanthemum reticulatum ‘Atropurpureum’ (purple false erenthemum) E
Strobilanthes anisophyllus (goldfussia) E
Synadenium grantii (African milk bush) D
Vitex trifoliate  ‘Purpurea’ (Arabian lilac) E
Weigela florida  ‘Sparkling Fantasy’ (purple weigela) D
Yucca aloifolia purpurea (purple Spanish bayonet) E


Acer palmatum ‘Bloodgood’ (Japanese maple) D
Cordyline australis ‘Atropurpurea’ (New Zealand cabbage tree) E
Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’ (purple sand olive) E
Malus floribunda  ‘Purpurea’ (purple crab apple) D
Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ (flowering plum) D

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.