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.

Planting Guide

1. 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. Choose from our huge range including traditional white Setsugekka, pretty pinks like Jennifer Susan, Plantation Pink, Rose Ann and Star Above Star and elegant reds like Hiryu , deepest red Yuletide and many more! For a full descriptive list all Camellia varieties offered by Dawsons and expert growing advice, collect your free copy of our Camellia and Azalea Catalogue in store or view online here.

2. 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, all in glorious autumn bloom.

3. Gallipoli Rose – (Order this special ANZAC Commemorative rose now for Spring 2015 Release!)  A special release to mark the Centenary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings in 1915. This dense growing shrub rose, produces dark red, unfading blooms produced singly or in clusters. A heathy grower to 1.2m, clothed in dark green leaves. Part proceeds of sales to help fund ANZAC education in schools and war veteran related projects.

4. Fiddle Leaf Ficus – The most popular indoor, patio plant of this year! Broad fiddle shaped, deeply veined, glossy green leaves give this Stunning Ficus serious designer appeal. Plant into feature pots for instant designer looks.

5. Yucca Spellbound – A bewitching, soft leaved Yucca, forming a rosette of burgundy-black foliage to approximately 1.2 metres high. New foliage emerges green then matures to burgundy-near black with age. Drought and heat tolerant once established. Full sun to part shade. Indestructible!!!

6. Rhaphiolepis Snow Maiden – A dwarf evergreen shrub growing to 75cm in height and 50cm in width. Hardy in full sun or semi shade. Producing branches of white flowers in spring. Fantastic for low hedging or to take the place of Azaleas in more difficult conditions. Also try Rhaphiolepis Oriental Pearl, dense shrub that rarely grows to more than 1 metre high and 1 metre wide. White flowers with pink stamens appear in late Autumn to late Spring. Tough and hardy and resistant to salt spray. Excellent as a low hedge or for mass planting.

In Your Garden

Flowering this Month: Camellia sasanqua, correa, crown of thorns (Euphorbia), cuphea, dipladenia, dombeya (cape Wedding Bush), duranta, eremophila, erigeron, frangipani, gardenia, grevillea, hibiscus, kangaroo paws, lobelia, ozothamnus, pansies, potato jasmine, ptilotus Joey (Mulla Mulla) and roses.

Plant this Month Ornamentals: Azaleas, Bougainvillea, calendula, camellia, fox gloves, grevillea, hibiscus, lavender, lobelia, natives, pansies, poppies, roses, salvias, sweet peas, violets and viburnum.

Edibles to Plant this Month: Artichoke, broccoli, broad beans, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, coriander, climbing beans, deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums etc. fennel, garlic, leeks, lettuce, parsnip and potatoes.

Garden Jobs for April

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

Feature Roses


Double Delight – Has a fragrance second to none. It often tops the list when our staff and customers are asked “What’s the most fragrant rose?” Good quality blooms of double cream, edged with red and aging off to red. Beautiful in the garden and the vase with a fragrance that will keep you coming back! Received the American Rose Society’s Gamble Award for fragrance in 1986, so belongs in elite company!


Just Joey – This large flowered blend of apricot-orange blend has been much loved the world over since it was released by the English breeder Cant in 1972. Indeed it was voted the world’s most popular rose in 1994. The bush has a rounded and somewhat spreading habit with dark green foliage. Petals are often slightly frilled and furnished with a light fragrance.