Jump into April at Dawson’s

April is a busy month in the garden. The cooler weather we are experiencing and recent rain makes for perfect planting conditions and enjoyable gardening. While autumn’s very much in evidence in the April garden, April’s also an important month to prepare for spring.

All our stores are full of new seasons stock so now is the perfect time to get into your local Dawson’s store and get planting.

Free Gardening Workshop with Chris Ferreira


Have you always wanted a Waterwise garden but don’t know where to start?

Join us as we host  celebrity gardening expert Chris Ferreira at Dawson’s Garden World in O’Connor as he shows you how to create your own Waterwise urban paradise and answer all your Waterwise gardening questions….

• How to improve the soil
• Effective planting and watering techniques
• Best practice fertiliser use
• How to use plants for natural heating and cooling
• Growing food plants using minimal water
• How to grow Waterwise and native plants
• Drought-proofing your garden for summer
• and much much more!

When: Sunday 24th April at 11.00am      

Where: Dawson’s O’Connor (388 South Street, O’Connor)

The 1 hour session will be followed by an audience question and answer

This is a free event however numbers are limited so please register your interest by replying to this email or with the O’Connor store directly on 9314 7258.

April Planting Guide

Bleeding Heart Vine  This collectors’ vine originated in tropical West Africa. A twining climber with oval heart shaped leaves and bright red flowers surrounded by pure white bracts. A useful climber for the shade-house, sunny, protected patios, balconies, bright indoor areas or conservatories. It will also grow outside in frost free areas in free draining soil with protection from strong winds and some shading.

Bougainvillea Vera Series  These are real pot stars with bushy forms, ideal for sunny container planting. They will grow to maximum heights of around 1m only, so they are great in feature pots, borders or even low hedging. Choose from compact Vera Lynn, Pink, White.

Camellia Murchison Lady  This beautiful Camellia japonica variety is a real local hero, born and bred in WA, by Camellia Breeder, Keith Abbott. It’s a real beauty large, pure white, formal double flowers. Glossy, oval shaped foliage. For Camellia cultural tips, get your free copy of our New Camellia and Azalea catalogue instore or click on this link.

Camellia Yuletide  This sasanqua variety is a Dawson’s favourite, prefect for container planting. Yuletide has a particularly dense and bushy habit. The single flowers are a stunning shade of rich, glowing red and highlighted by a glowing centre of golden-yellow stamens. Yuletide flowers over long period from autumn and well into winter. It also makes a fine topiary specimen.

Dawson’s Roses  Take some time to smell the roses at Dawson’s. The autumn flush, is in full swing, so it’s a great time to browse among Perth’s best range of roses. Take home your favourites or find new sensations among our huge range. Remember there’s truly a rose for everyone at Dawson’s.

Hibiscus Full Moon  Lovely, golden yellow double blooms on a medium sized shrub to 2m. 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 over the growing season mid-late September- May. Water regularly and mulch well during the hottest months for best bloom production.

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.

In Your Garden This Month

Flowering: Agapanthus, begonia, bougainvillea, butterkins (sida), correa, duranta, eremophila, erigeron, euphorbia (Crown of Thorns), frangipani, gardenia, gazania, geranium, grevillea, hibiscus, kangaroo paws, magnolia, mandevilla, oleander, ozothamnus, roses and vincas.

Ornamentals to Plant: Bougainvilleas, breynia, camellia,  cordylines, frangipani, geraniums, gardenias, grevilleas, hibiscus, lavender, lomandra, magnolia, mandevillas, natives, oleander, rosemary, roses, pandorea, salvia, star jasmine, society garlic and syzygium (lilly pillies).

Edibles to Plant: Asparagus (potted), bok choy, broccoli, brussels  sprout, cabbage, chives, endive, fennel, figs, leeks, lettuce, leeks, mint, olives, oregano, pak choy, parsley, passionfruit, potatoes, radish, rocket, rosemary, silverbeet, stevia and tarragon.

Garden Jobs

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.

Sow Sweet Peas  These ornamental peas are grown for their sweetly fragrant springtime flowers. Mid April to late May are the optimum planting times in Perth, but if you’re a traditionalist, plant Sweet Peas on Anzac Day! They are great to grow on a sunny wall or fence, just requiring a plastic or wire lattice to grow up. Prior to planting soak seeds in water over night, then sow into soil which has been improved with the addition of soil improver. Plant seeds 2cm deep and 20cm apart. Protect emerging seedlings from marauding snails with a quality snail bait like Multiguard Snail & Slug Killer.

Feed Roses  Continue feeding roses monthly until the end of May. Dawson’s All Purpose Fertiliser or Eco Growth Prime Garden will give excellent results and remember to always water in well.

Select Spring flowering bulbs  Bulbs such as Tulips and Hyacinths will benefit from some chilling prior to planting. Store in brown paper bags in your crisper (not freezer) for 3-4 weeks prior to planting. Aim to have bulbs planted by the end May-early June.

Feed and revive your lawn  Support autumn growth with a feed of a quality lawn food like Eco Growth Eco Emerald. This rock mineral based food is naturally slow release and feeds lawns in an environmentally responsible way. Treat non wetting dry patches with a soil wetter such as Eco Wet.

Plant winter and spring flowering annuals April and May are fantastic times to plant winter and spring flowering annuals such as; alyssum, calendulas, pansies, primulas, stocks and violas.

Apply soil wetting agents  like Eco Wet or granular Grosorb to non- wetting soils. Do this now to make the most of winter rains.

Look out for Rose fungal leaf diseases   Spray fortnightly with Eco Fungicide (in conjunction with Eco Oil) or Rose Shield Black spot & Insect Pest Killer.

Garden RELEAF Weekend April 9th and 10th

Independent Garden Centres around Australia will be participating in Garden RELEAF over the weekend of April 9th and 10th.

All four of our stores will be running fun and informative events to encourage people to get into the garden and get planting with all money raised going to Beyond Blue.

This year we have some exciting events including Garden RELEAF Ambassador Sabrina Hahn talking all things gardens and gardening at our Swanbourne store. Sabrina’s talk will start at 11.00am and all we ask is for a gold coin donation.

Other events across our stores include kids gardening sessions, tai Chi and Yoga demonstrations, sausage sizzles, colouring in competitions for both young and old, talks and a special garden RELEAF raffle at each store worth over $300!

Get gardening, have fun and show your support for beyondblue at your local Dawson’s Garden World.