Love is in the Air

Welcome to February. It’s time to relax, mornings and evenings are the best times for gardening. Mulching and watering are important this month. And don’t forget St. Valentine’s Day on Friday the 14th of February. Surprise your Valentine with a beautiful Dawson’s living Gift!

What to Plant Now

Advanced trees, alstroemeria, alyssum, begonias, bidens, boston ivy, bougainvilleas, crepe myrtles, geraniums, gardenias, gazanias, grevillea, hibiscus, lavender, magnolia, mandevilla, natives, nandina, oleander, ornamental plums, pandorea, petunia, polygala, plumbago, pomegranate, portulaca, roses, scaevola, salvia, star jasmine, syzygium (lilly pillies), succulents, vinca and westringia.

Plant now in your edible garden: Apples, basil, beetroot, blueberries, capsicum, capers, celery, chicory, chilli, chinese cabbage, chives, citrus trees, climbing beans, cucumber, dill, endive, egg plant, fennel, figs, globe artichokes, grapes, leeks, lettuce, mangoes, majoram, mint, nectarines, olives, onions, oregano, parsley, passionfruit, peaches, pumpkin, quince, radish, rhubard, rocket, rockmelon, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, spring onions, squash, stevia, sweet corn, tarragon, thyme, tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini.

What’s In Flower This Month: Agapanthus, begonia, bougainvillea, butterkins (Sida), canna, crown of thorns (Euphorbia), cuphea, duranta, eremophila, erigeron, frangipani, gardenia, geranium, grevillea, hibiscus, illyarrie (Eucalyptus erythrocorys), Kangaroo Paws, magnolia, mandevilla, marigold, oleander, ozothamnus, pandorea, petunia, plumbago, roses, salvia, stephanotis, strelitzia, sunflowers, verbenas and vincas.

Garden Jobs for February

1. Mulch Camellias and Azaleas with pine bark mulch and feed with Sulphate of Potash to encourage bud development.

2. Control sap sucking White Fly outbreaks by spraying with Eco Neem, Natrasoap or Confidor.

3. It’s not to late to plant summer colour! Colourful Vincas, Portulacas and Geraniums including Big Red are amongst the most heat tolerant.

4. Treat dry spots in the lawn with a quality soil wetting agents like Aqua Wett or Eco Wet.

5. Revive heat affected plants by applying a liquid soil wetting product like Eco Wet to the root zone and then following up with a weekly feed of Seasol.

6. Feed Hibiscus monthly until late autumn with a good, balanced fertiliser like s All Purpose Fertiliser or Eco Prime.

7. Outdoor pots can be shielded in heat wave conditions by temporarily wrapping the outside of pots with cardboard. You can even make a cut out to line the top of the pot. This in effect adds another layer of heat insulation.

8. Towards the end of February-early March, gives roses a light trim to encourage spectacular autumn blooms in April and May. Following your autumn trim, feed roses with Dawson’s All Purpose Fertiliser, to help promote autumn growth.

9. Tropical plants will respond well to feeding this month while they are growing quickly. Try Eco Prime or Dawson’s All Purpose fertiliser.

10. Roses can look a bit sad and sorry for themselves by the end of summer. But don’t worry, this “heat stroke” is only temporary. Your roses will revive in autumn for a spectacular end to the season.

February Planting Guide

1. Cordyline Pink Passion – This stunning neon pink, Cordyline is a real attention grabber. Packing vibrant, tropical looks, use it to highlight decorative planters or to create foliage contrasts in full sun to semi shade garden areas. This hardy, architectural plant is tolerant to frost and coastal conditions. Pink Passion grows to about 1.8m high, so it’s an ideal backdrop plant for along the fence line. It can also be maintained as smaller, bushier plant with pruning. Part proceeds of sales donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation

2. Schefflera Alpine Junior – This exciting form of Umbrella Tree has a distinctly narrow and upright habit. Scheffleras are amongst the hardiest of indoor and patio plants. Alpine Junior has been widely used in the indoor plant hire industry and is now available to you. Forming a column of deep green, glossy foliage, Alpine Junior will delight you with its easy growing personality. Height to 1.8m, width 60-90cm.

3. Fragrant Frangipanis – Bring tropical magic to sunny courtyard pots and sunny garden spots. These slow growing tropical trees can be kept for many years in large tubs. Alternatively plant in a sunny, protected garden position where they will slowly grow into a small-medium sized trees of 3-4m. Select from Cream, Pink, Red or Tricolour.

4. Cora Cascade Vincas – Give your pots and baskets an instant colour hit with the sizzling summer colours of Cora Cascade trailing Vincas. Cora Cascade Vincas have a unique mounded and trailing habit making them real show offs in your summer pots and baskets. Water regularly and liquid feed fortnightly with Flourish or Seasol for best bloom production.

5. Gardenia Grandiflora Star – Try this unique form of fragrant Gardenia with single, creamy-white, star shaped flowers. Growing to just 50cm-1m in height, it’s ideal for container planting or a low hedge. Gardenias prefer full sun to semi- shaded positions. Our deliciously scented Gardenia range also includes cream flowering forms including Aimee Yoshiba, Florida, Professor Pucci and unique old gold, Golden Magic.

6. Prunus Nigra and Oakville Crimson Spire – Create your own home among the Plum trees with these two vibrant ornamental Plum trees. Both have plenty of “Wow!” factor, featuring richly coloured burgundy foliage. They fit perfectly into smaller modern gardens and bring great texture and structure with them. Oakville Crimson Spire, is a tall yet narrow trees ideal for privacy planting, growing to 6m high and just 1.5m wide. Prunus Nigra, has a classic rounded canopy and single pink blossom in springtime. It grows to around 4m high and wide. Choose from our range of semi-advanced to advanced trees. And Yes, we can deliver them too!

7. Westringia Zena – This compact form of native Coastal Rosemary is a real “goer!” This, dense compact shrub, features narrow grey-green foliage and pale mauve to white flowers for much of the year. It’s a super-tough, reliable shrub which can be used in tubs, beds, rockeries or plant as a low hedge. It has a low water requirement once established and is tolerant to hot exposed sites and coastal conditions. Tip prune to maintain vigour and compact form. Height and width to 1m.

8. Blueberry Misty – One of the best Blueberries for Perth conditions. Originally released by the University of Florida it is true “low chill” variety well suited to our mild winter conditions. Thrives in pots and large tubs and this is a sure way to Blueberry success. Misty is a self fertile variety, producing abundant crops of anti-oxidant rich, medium-large, sweet flavoured berries. Fruiting in flushes November to March. Prefers semi shade conditions through summer. For more information on growing Blueberries see our Blueberry Fact Sheet.

9. Hibiscus Cuban Variety – One of our most popular varieties with deeply lobed foliage and apricot, single flowers with a contrasting orangey-red centre. Growing to 2-2.5m high it makes a rewarding specimen in a mixed planting or use as a medium flowering hedge. Like all Hibiscus it’s a long flowering beauty and easy to grow. These versatile plants make ideal hedges, screens or windbreaks and are just the thing for hiding the fence line. They look great around pools and perform well in coastal gardens. Try favourite varieties like; Apple Blossom, Full Moon, Kerry Wilson, Mrs George Davis, Pendunculatum Sabrina and Tiny Tina.

10. Dianella variegated – The wonderful thing about variegated plants is the way they tend to brighten everything around them. This variegated form of native Flax Lily, is a hardy, clump forming perennial with attractive cream and green striped leaves. It can be used to great effect as a border plant or in feature planters. Grows in full sun to semi shade conditions. Height to 30-60cm.

Feature Rose – St John Rose

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This beautiful, long stemmed Hybrid tea rose has classic, deep velvety red blooms with some near black tones near the petal edges. It carries an intense rose and citrus fragrance. This great red grows to 1.5m high. St John would make a worthy addition to your rose collection and it’s a top cutting variety with blooms looking just as good in the vase as in the garden. This rose supports the work of St. John’s Ambulance.