As we head into March refreshingly cool mornings usher in the start of autumn. While days can still be warm, it’s the beginning of a new cycle of renewal and growth in the garden.
Autumn is an ideal time to get into your garden and the coming months provide some of the best planting times for the year. There’s plenty to do, planting, planning and preparing so let’s say Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn!
The Forever Project
Dawson’s are proud to be associated with Chris Ferreira and The Forever Project. Since retrofitting his 1950’s home and garden, Chris has opened his home garden to showcase the seasonal actions that can be taken to create and maintain a beautiful waterwise garden. The next home open is Saturday 5th March from 10am to 4pm.There will be tours throughout the day covering food production, waterwise and native species, soil improvement, best practice fertiliser use, how to use plants for natural heating and cooling, and much more!
One of only 2 home opens for the year this is not to be missed! Please visit www.theforeverproject.com.au to register your interest. Gold coin donation on entry with proceeds to Winterfold Primary School P&C.
In Your Garden
Flowering this Month: Agapanthus, begonia, bougainvillea, butterkins (sida), canna, cassia (Golden Shower Tree), crepe myrtles, eremophila, erigeron, frangipani, gardenia, gazania, geranium, grevillea, hibiscus, illyarrie (eucalyptus erythrcorys), kangaroo paws, magnolia, mandevilla, oleander, petunia, plumbago, roses, star jasmine strelitzia, stephanotis and vincas.
Ornamentals to plant this month: Advanced trees, begonias, bougainvilleas,breynia, camellia sasaqua, crepe myrtles, codylines, frangipani, geraniums, gardenias, hibiscus, lomandra, magnolia, mandevillas, natives, oleander, roses, pandorea, portulaca, salvia, scaevola, star jasmine, society garlic, syzygium (lilly pillies) and vincas traditional and cascading.
Edibles to plant this month: Asparagus (potted), beetroot, basil, capsicum, chilli, coriander, cucumber, eggplant, endive, fennel, figs, garlic, grapes lettuce, leeks, mint, okra, olives, onion, oregano parsley, passionfruit, pumpkin, radish, rockmelon, rocket, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, squash, stevia, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomatoes, tarragon, watermelon, zucchini.
Garden Jobs for March
- Give roses an autumn trim. To do this cut canes back about one third their length. Follow up with a feed of Dawson’s All Purpose fertiliser, to help promote autumn growth.
- Prune back rampant growth on grapes and ornamental climbers.
- Select seed garlic bulbs for planting late March and April. For more growing tips see our Garlic Fact Sheet
- Look out for Citrus Leaf Miner damage. Protect young developing foliage by spraying fortnightly with Eco oil.
- Prepare vegetable beds for autumn plantings. Blend in Dawson’s Soil Improver and treat non wetting soils with a wetting agent like Eco Wet or consider blending in Soil Solver, a mineral clay soil builder.
- Feed Fruit Trees- Many fruit trees have significant autumn growth period, including deciduous fruit trees. So, March is a good time to feed them with a specialist fruit fertiliser or a good quality all- purpose fertiliser like Dawson’s All Purpose Fertiliser or Eco Growth Prime Garden.
- Variegated Shell Ginger – One of the hardiest of the gingers, this lovely clump forming variety is remarkably hardy, just requiring a protected semi shade position, improved soil and regular watering over the warmer months. Brings a real exotic touch to the garden with its attractive green and gold striped and splashed foliage, it flowers in summer producing pendant stems of exotic cream and yellow flowers. Height usually around 1.5-2m, sometimes tall depending on conditions. In late winter cut the clumps down to ground level and wait for new stems to emerge. Will also grow happily in large tubs.
- Bougainvilleas – Create the “Wow!” factor with the vibrant colours of Bougainvilleas. Use them to hide sheds or fences, for security screening or to scramble up old tree stumps. There’s nothing like the sense of drama Bougainvilleas bring to the garden. Choose from our fantastic range including popular favourites like Penelope.
- Blueberries – Grow your own superfood! Blueberries are delicious and contain high levels of health supporting anti-oxidants. Blueberries are easy to grow and well suited to pot and tub culture. Try Blueberry Sunshine Blue, an excellent variety well suited to our mild winters. Main fruiting period December-February.
- Autumn Flowering Camellias – Sasanqua Camellias are star performers in the autumn garden. Sasanquas grow to between 1.5 and 4m high, just perfect for screen and hedge planting. They also grow to perfection in glazed pottery. These are probably the easiest of Camellias to grow. Sasanqua Camellias while still preferring semi-shade or morning sun-afternoon shade positions are much more sun tolerant than the Camellia japonica varieties. Right now we have some magnificent advanced size Camellias including popular Jennifer Susan, Setsugekka, Rose Ann and Snow Cloud from just $39.95 each. For a full descriptive list of all Camellia varieties offered by Dawson’s and expert growing advice, collect your free copy of our Camellia and Azalea Catalogue in store or view online here.
- Golden Shower Tree – This sought after exotic tree producing a breathtaking display of cascading, golden, wisteria like flowers in summer. The Golden Shower Tree prefers a sunny, protected spot and will grow to 3-6m tall. It is usually winter deciduous in our climate.
- Garlic – Our popular WA sourced seed Garlic is in store now! Growing your own full flavoured garlic is easy and means you’ll have a fantastic home-grown alternative to the tasteless imported garlic found in many supermarkets. Our garlic bulbs can be broken down into a number of cloves (usually about 6-10) for planting. Best planting time is late March and April. Garlic is an easy and rewarding crop to grow, see our Garlic Fact Sheet. Garlic is usually harvested over November-December.
- Poinciana Tree – Also known as the Flamboyant Tree, considered by many to be the most spectacular flowering tree in the world. A large tree with a characteristic, wide, dome-like spreading canopy. It grows to around 6-15m high and wide, suited to larger gardens where it will become a magnificent feature. In late spring-summer it is covered with fiery-red bloom. It is usually winter-deciduous in our climate.
- Correa Just A Touch – A wonderful Correa that is busy budding up for flowering over autumn and winter. A small rounded shrub 1m x 1m. Pendant, bird attracting bell- shaped flowers are almost white with just a touch of pink. Grows particularly well in semi shade areas.
- Dampiera Glasshouse Glory- This new Dampiera originates from the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland. A beautiful, mound forming, ground covering Dampiera which suckers to fill an area. Showy royal blue flowers over an extended period of spring and summer. Prefers well drained soils and a sunny position. A low water user once established. Equally at home in pots and baskets. Cut pack periodically to maintain vigour.
- Hibiscus- Hibiscus are one of the mainstays of Perth summer colour with long flowering displays of relaxed, tropical colour. With a little soil improvement at planting time, they thrive in our sandy soils. They are a fantastic option for flowering hedges or to hide fence lines. Hibiscus respond well to regular doses of Dawson’s All Purpose fertiliser, supplied at 4-5 week intervals. Water regularly and mulch well during the hottest months for best bloom production.
Feature Roses for March
Pope John Paul II – This divinely fragrant, pure white hybrid tea, is surely one of the most outstandingly, fragrant roses to be released in recent times. There’s a heady, sweet, citrus fragrance that few can match. It has received top ratings for its vigorous growth habit, disease resistance and form. Height 120-150cm
Stainless Steel – Almost in its own colour class. High pointed blooms are an unusual, soft silvery-lavender colour and finished with a strong, sweet perfume. 150cm.
St. Patrick – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March with the St. Patrick rose. St. Patrick is a well formed bright yellow, hybrid tea rose with just a touch of the blarney, there’s some green overtones, particularly around the petal edges. Slow opening flowers have plenty of life in the vase or on the bush. Height to 150cm.
Summer Fragrance – A beautiful, high centred, deep red, rose with a delightful, summery, sweet fragrance. Long, stems and classic form make this a perfect cutting rose. Height to 130cm.