Dawson’s Roses – A Growing Tradition

Now’s the perfect time to start a new romance with roses. Fragrant, alluring and captivating there’s truly a rose for everyone at Dawson’s. Browse among Perth’s best range of romantic garden roses at any one of our four conveniently located retail stores.

Dawson’s Roses from Our Production Nursery To You.

At Dawson’s we’ve been growing roses for WA gardeners for over 110 years. Our roses start their life in our 11 hectare production nursery at Forrestfield in the Perth foothills. Here each year we bud roses onto quality Rosa fortuniana rootstock to produce perfect roses for your garden. Our roses are grown on and nurtured by the dedicated team in our production nursery until they are ready to be delivered to our Dawson’s Garden World Stores, and ready for our customer’s gardens.

From our production nursery to your garden, we’re proud of our rose growing tradition. And because we grow the roses we sell, there’s nowhere better to go for expert rose growing advice.

New Release Roses

Each year we add a select group of new release roses which represent the latest and greatest from the world of roses. To tempt you here’s a few highlights from this year’s new releases. Also, you can now view us on YouTube. See our latest video on some of this year’s new releases.

Pink Intuition

Pink Intuition

The latest in French flair from Delbard of France. Large flowered, pastel pink, splashed with deep candy and magenta pinks. Long cutting quality stems and thick petal substance give this French Beauty a super long vase life. Pink Intuition is a sport of the original Red Intuition and if you like Candy Stripe you’ll love this. Height to 150cm.

Happy Anniversary


The perfect rose for every anniversary! A long stemmed beauty with rich orange-salmon coloured blooms of classic form held on long stems. Will be much admired in the garden and as a cut flower. Height 90-120cm.

Black Caviar

Black Caviar

This shrub rose is a sure winner! One for the romantics. Full and quartered velvety dark-red blooms with old world form. Intensely fragrant with jasmine, old rose and vanilla notes. Long arching canes. Height to 150mm



While not a new release as such we thought this fragrant yellow deserved an honourable mention. Since its release, Candlelight has become a firm Dawson’s favourite with both our customers and staff. It’s much admired for its large, petal filled, fully double, golden-yellow blooms. It has a lovely old world feel to it and could aptly be called a modern nostalgia rose. Height 120cm.

Perfume Passion

Perfume Passion

This new fragrant pink has won Australia’s highest rose awards. At The Australian Rose Trial Gardens in 2012, Perfume Passion was awarded not only Best Hybrid Tea Rose but also took out Most Fragrant Rose! It’s a real stunner with large flowered, high centred blended pink blooms and a delicious fragrance that keeps you coming back for more. Height to 150cm.


Encore Rose

Simple yet very showy single flowered bright pink blooms highlighted by centres of golden yellow stamens. A healthy and vigorous floribunda that would make a good flowering rose hedge. Part proceeds of sales to YWCA Australia, to support their Encore Breast Cancer Program. Height to 125cm.

Modern Crusader


A large flowered deep coral-red with some near black blushes at the petal edges. The fully double and quartered flowers are reminiscent of the old roses that this variety honours. Height to 150cm. It received a Certificate of Merit at the Australian Rose Trials in 2012.

Pink Home Run


A single flowered bright pink, bushy grower, that seems to be almost always in flower. Use as a low hedge, potted rose or would look magnificent as an under planting below Standard White icebergs! Height to 100cm.

Spring Rose Tips

1. Don’t forget to trim off spent flowers from your roses to encourage repeat flowering. This process is called “dead heading” and basically encourages another bloom cycle from the cane.

2. Roses respond best to regular feeding through the growing season. Feed roses at regular 4 week intervals from spring though to mid-late May. Feed with a quality balanced fertiliser or dedicated rose food like; Eco Prime, Dawson’s All Purpose Fertiliser or Searles Rose Food.

3. If you have non wetting soil around your roses, apply a liquid or granular soil wetting product to allow water to penetrate into water repellent sandy soils. Or for a more permanent fix try mineral clay based soil builders like Soil Solver.

4. Prepare your roses for summer by applying a quality mulch to conserve soil moisture and encourage soil life. Use either a coarse grade mulch like chunky pine bark mulch or a feeding mulch like Dsatco Lupin Mulch. We use Dsatco Lupin Mulch extensively on our rose trial gardens at Forrestfield where it has produced amazing results.

5. Spider Mites are the most troublesome pests of roses over the late spring and summer period. To control spray with Mavrik, Natrasoap or Eco Neem. Spray at least twice two weeks apart to bring mite population under control.

Hedging roses

Plant yourself a flowering rose hedge! Why have just a hedge when you can have a fragrant, romantic rose hedge.

Floribunda and shrub roses lend themselves beautifully to hedge and border planting, just perfect for smaller modern gardens. They excel in sunny positions and make spectacular formal and informal hedges and borders, just wonderful for defining or separating garden areas into “garden rooms.”

A top hedging tip is to plant just one variety, so you get uniform growth and form across the length of your hedge. These easy growing varieties flower in flushes right through to late autumn. Simply clip after each major flush to encourage even more flowers.

Hedge for success with these classic varieties; Apricot/ Oranges Brass Band and Firestar,  Bi-Colour Beauties Bold Seduction and Scentimental, Whites Iceberg and Summer Memories, Pinks Brilliant Pink Iceberg and Pink Home Run, Reds Black Caviar, Burgundy Iceberg and Satchmo Yellows Friesia.

Don’t Forget The Dawson’s Dozen, Buy any 12 Roses of the same value and we’ll give you the 13th One FREE!