Spring has Sprung at Dawson’s!!

Spring is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times to be a gardener. The winter chill has gone, the days are getting longer and your garden is about to burst into life. A garden full of possibility. Lovely fresh new foliage, a celebration of flowers and new plants to sow and grow. What a wonderful time to be out in the garden. All our stores are full to the brim with great ideas so now is the perfect time to visit your local Dawson’s

Update from our Production Nursery

The team at our Production Nursery have been working hard over winter to bring you our biggest ever range of plants this spring. Some highlights include our growing range of indoor plants and succulents as well as new release natives such as Grevillea Goldfever and Grevillea Lanigera Mt Tamboritha. 

We also have a great variety of Kangaroo Paws with a particular highlight being Bush Pearl. This is perhaps our most loved Kangaroo Paw with candy pink flowers and is a wonderful addition to feature pots or mass plant for a big impact. 

New seasons roses are beginning to arrive in store so come in and enjoy Perth’s best range of exciting new releases and old favourites all in bud and bloom.

In Your Garden

Flowering this Month: Alyogyne (native hibiscus), arctotis, azalea, bottlebrush, boronia, clivia, federation daisies, fuchsia, geranium, grevillea, lavender, ozothamnus, native wisteria, pansies, perennial statice, polygala, pyrostegia , roses, salvia and wisteria.

Plant this Month Ornamentals: Arthropodium (New Zealand rock Lily), azaleas, banksias, bottlebrush, camellia, clivia, cordylines, deciduous ornamental and fruit trees, eriostemon (wax flowers), Geraldton wax, eucalyptus, foxgloves, grevillea, hebe, indian hawthorns, kangaroo paws, lobelia, native violets, sunflowers and wisteria.

Edibles to Plant this month: Artichoke, basil, blueberries, bok choy, beans (climbing & dwarf), cape gooseberries, capsicum, carrot, celeriac, celery, chicory, chilli, chives, choko, citrus trees, coriander, cucumber, deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums etc, egg plant, endive, fennel, figs, kale, leeks, lettuce, marjoram, mint, mizuna, mustard greens, okra, olives, onions, oregano, pak choy, parsley, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, rocket, rockmelon, rosella, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onions, spinach, strawberries, sunflowers, squash, sweet corn, tomatoes.

Planting Guide

1. Strawberry Toolangi Surprise  Originally developed by the University of California, this variety is well suited to Perth and Coastal regions. A large fruiting, day-length neutral variety which fruit from spring to autumn. Our potted Strawberries are ready for planting now into your pots and baskets. Strawberry fields forever!

2. Alogyne Huegellii West Coast Gem  A stunning deep purple flowering form of WA Native Hibiscus. West Coast Gem is a quick growing evergreen shrub, flowering from late winter to summer. Best suited to full sun positions. Grows to 2-3m high and 1-1.5m wide.

3. Kangaroo Paw Bush Pearl  Perhaps our most loved Kangaroo Paw with candy pink flowers on 50-60cm stems. Forms a bushy clump of foliage to 30-45cm tall. Very long and rewarding flowering period. Bush Pearl is a wonderful addition to feature pots or mass plant for a big impact. Remove spent flower spikes to encourage repeat flowering. Best in full sun positions

4. Geranium Big Red  This Geranium has taken the world by storm since its release a few years ago. An intense, dark red flowering variety which flowers with great consistency throughout the year. Remarkably heat tolerant, non-fading blooms deliver that European Geranium look in spades! Mounded, semi trailing habit makes it a fantastic addition to feature pots and baskets.

5. Grevillea Goldfever Goldfever  A low, spreading ground cover or low shrub that produces flowers through autumn, winter and spring. Well suited as a groundcover that will spill over walls and embankments and tolerates both heavy soils and frosts. Attracts nectar feeding birds. Approximate growing height 30cms, width to 1.5m.

6. Grevillea Lanigera Mt Tamboritha  A beautiful, evergreen, prostrate, spreading plant with attractive, narrow, pointed green leaves. During spring it produces masses of reddish-pink and cream flowers. Excellent groundcover for rockeries, beds and native gardens. Approximate growing height 50-60cm by 1m wide.

7. Senecio String of Beans / Bananas  The ever popular Senecio String of Beans/Bananas is an easy to grow, perennial succulent with glossy, fleshy leaves that are curiously bean/banana shaped. The growth habit is ground covering, with a pendulous branching habit, making it a great plant for containers and hanging baskets.

8. Wisteria Sinensis  Wisteria are at their breath taking best from mid to late September. Wisteria Sinensis (Chinese Wisteria) is a classic lavender-blue flowering wisteria, producing unforgettable displays of cascading, fragrant flowers in long clusters of up to 45cm long. Flowering tends to get more intense the older vines get, so like good red wine, they just get better and better! Grow them on walls, fences, arches or pergolas. After flowering prune long vegetative shoots back to 5-6 buds length to promote the development of flowering wood.

9. Crassula Campfire  A spectacular succulent with bright green leaves which turn shades of orange and red in Winter. Adds great interest to any garden. 

10. Ligularia Designer Verde  Looking for a highly fashionable plant to enhance your garden? Ligularia Designer Verde is a stunning new release plant we have been working on that will add great colour and texture to any garden. With it’s huge, kidney shaped leaves and amazing glossy green foliage it is hard to beat.

Garden Jobs for September

1. Fertilise  Early Spring is a wonderful time to feed the whole garden. Eco Growth Prime Garden for general garden use and Eco Emerald for lawns are rock mineral based fertilisers, which not only feed your plants but feeds your soil as well! These fertilisers are naturally slow release and make use of microbes to gradually make the minerals available to plants. This means nutrient loss and leaching is greatly reduced. These products directly address some of the major problems associated with traditional fertiliser use. They remain active in the soil for sustained periods, building plant and soil health. Try them in your garden this Spring

2. Prune Hibiscus  Established Hibiscus will respond well to pruning in early spring. Cut bushes back by at least one third to half their original size. Also check bushes carefully for Scale and control with a spray of Eco Oil.

3. Spray to protect Roses  Preventative spraying is the best way to keep rose fungal diseases at bay. Spray fortnightly through September and October with Eco Fungicide* or Rose Shield (*Use Eco Fungicide in conjunction with Eco Oil for best results). Remember when spraying roses, make sure you get good spray coverage above and below foliage.

4. Citrus Leaf Miner  Prevent leaf miner damage on new citrus foliage by spraying fortnightly with Eco Oil. Young soft citrus foliage is particularly vulnerable until it matures and hardens off.

5. Fruit Fly Control  It’s better to start your control sooner rather than later! If in doubt as to when to start your control measures, commence immediately after flowering or petal drop. Often a multi-pronged attack is the best approach. Use a combination of techniques like hanging some Cera Traps, bait spraying with Eco-Naturalure and some fruit fly exclusion netting. For more info, collect a copy of our Dawson’s Fruit Tree Guide or view it Online.

6. Aphid Control  Aphids are very active now, feasting away on all that lush spring growth. Watch out for them on roses and citrus particularly. Use environmentally friendly sprays like Eco Neem or Yates Natrasoap.

7. Bindi control in lawns  Avoid the “Ouch!” by treating lawns to control spiky weeds like Jo-Jo (Onehunga) and Bindii. Searles Buffalo Master is a selective weedkiller safe for use in established Couch, *Buffalo (including Sir Walter and Palmetto Buffalo) and Kikuyu lawns. *Not Safe for use on ST (Saint Augustine) Buffalo varieties like ST 26, ST85 and ST91.

Feature Roses

Pope John Paul II

This pure white hybrid tea is surely one of the most outstandingly fragrant roses to be released in recent times. It has received top ratings for its vigorous growth habit, disease resistance and form. Height to 150cm.

Fiona’s Wish

Superb classic blooms, shaded cherry red with a creamy amber reverse that carry an award winning fragrance. Healthy bronze green foliage. Approximate growing height to 150cm.

Good Samaritan

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A stunning, large flowered hybrid tea with vase filling, deep fuchsia pink to near wine red coloured blooms. A light sweet fragrance rounds out this outstanding variety. Much loved by all who see it. Height to 160cm.

Gallipoli Centenary Rose

This stunning rose has exceptional health and disease tolerance and grows to around 120cm tall. The large, elegant, deep red blooms are produced adoringly in clusters or singly.