Dawson’s Winter Wonderland!!

While in some ways June is the end of one cycle it’s also the start of another new growth cycle, filled with possibility. It’s a wonderful time to plan, plant, review and undertake major works in the garden. There’s plenty of planting to do with new season’s fruit and ornamental trees, roses, camellias, flower and vegetable seedlings, so grab a spade and go gardening!

Dawson’s Succulent Video
Succulents are the ultimate waterwise plants and have such a diversity of form, size, texture and colour. You can group several different types together to create a fascinating “living coral” type effect. Succulents are brilliant in all manner of containers, baskets and green walls and thrive on minimal amounts of water. Pot them using Dawson’s Potting mix for best results.

Our succulent collection is growing all the time. Choose from our great range including; Echeverias, Sedums, Kalanchoes, Aloes and many more.

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New season’s Fruit Trees arriving soon at Dawson’s!!
Our largest ever fruit tree shipment will be arriving to your local Dawson’s store during June.

The variety of fruit trees available to the home gardener has never been greater. Turn your garden into a food forest with our delicious range of new season’s fruit trees. Choose from apples, apricots, citrus, figs, grapes, nectarines, peaches, plums, olives and much more.

Only have a small garden or an apartment? Our dwarf fruit tree range turn small spaces into productive spaces! You can even grow them in large pots and tubs. For our full range see our 2016-17 Fruit Tree Catalogue. We hope you enjoy creating your own edible garden!

June Planting Guide

Argyranthemum Super Duper – This stunning federation daisy is a “flower machine” with a super long flowering period over Winter and Spring. This combined with their easy growing, compact growth habit makes them a must for any garden. They are very versatile, really looking the part in feature pots or planted in flower beds.

Buddleia Ice Chip

Buddleia Ice Chip – These dwarf Buddleias are perfect miniature versions of traditional Buddleias. Growing to around 75cm high and wide with mounded, spreading habits, they have fragrant, butterfly attracting, self-cleaning flowers. The Buddleia Ice Chip will be right at home in sunny pots, flower beds or as an attractive low border.

cineraria maritima

Cineraria Maritima – Known as Silverdust, this is an attractive silvery white leafed shrub that will grow to 1m tall. An incredibly hardy plant, Silverdust can be used to add variety in bedding, borders, rockeries and containers.

Helichrysum Licorice

Helichrysum Petiolare Licorice – A beautiful silver foliage plant that can used as a groundcover, spill over a wall or pot and intermingle with other plants. Small, heart-shaped, silvery-grey, felty leaves are the main feature of the plant. Drought and heat tolerant.

Rose Pruning Video
Our resident horticultural expert Tim Parker shows you a quick and simple way to prune your roses this winter. Watch the video and follow these simple rules and you will have a happy and healthy rose bush in no time!

  1. Before starting, make sure pruning tools are clean and sharp.
  2. Most roses can simply be cut back to half of their original height, using secateurs, loppers or even hedge shears.
  3. Tidy up by removing any crossing branches, diseased older wood or branches growing into the centre of the bush.
  4. Immediately after pruning, thoroughly spray bushes with Lime Sulphur.

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Free Rose Pruning Demos
If the video above isn’t enough or you are more of a “hands on” learner we are running free rose pruning demonstrations at Dawson’s Forrestfield, Joondalup, Swanbourne and O’Connor stores. All sessions start at 11am on the following days:

Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Sunday 10th July 2016

Rose pruning is actually very easy so why not come and watch one of our free rose pruning demonstrations? These popular, practical sessions are presented by Dawson’s staff and cover all aspects of rose pruning and winter rose care. No need to register just come along on the day and join in!

Rose of the Month – Standard Iceberg


As a standard rose, Iceberg is just as reliable and prolific as the bush Iceberg. It carries great flushes of semi-double, white blooms throughout the season and often well into winter! It is very rewarding with endless uses; plant in feature pots, plant either side of an entrance or along the drive way, or use to add interest to rose and flower beds. While it is most happy in full sun situations, Iceberg performs admirably in semi shade also. Currently most of our Standard Icebergs are around 1m tall.

Orange Poppy Seed Syrup Cake Recipe
Oranges are in abundance around Perth right now and your orange tree at home should be bursting! Follow the link below to a favourite recipe of ours – a delicious Orange Poppy Seed Syrup Cake. We recommend using Washington Navel and Valencia to make the most of their sweet flavour and juicy oranges.


185 grams softened butter, 220 grams sugar, 1 cup plain flour, ¾ cup self-raising flour, 3 eggs lightly whisked, 1 tsp vanilla extract, finely grated rind of 1 orange, ¼ cup milk, ¼ cup orange juice, 1/3 cup poppy seeds

Syrup: 1 cup water, zest of 2 oranges, 2/3 cup sugar, ½ cup orange juice, 2 tbsp. lemon juice


Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease, flour and line 2 bar tins. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla extract and orange rind with an electric mixer. Gradually add whisked eggs to the bowl in 3 batches. Scrape bowl edges to combine well. Gently stir in plain and self-raising flour. Add milk, orange juice and poppy seeds and mix evenly. Place mixture into the tins and bake for 30 minutes.

To make syrup: Simmer water and orange zest for 5 minutes. Add sugar, orange juice and lemon juice and simmer for 10 minutes. The liquid needs to be slightly thickened. When cakes are cooked remove from oven and leave to cool in cake tins. Skewer holes into the hot cake and our half the hot syrup evenly over them. Keep the remaining syrup to serve on the side.