Spring Is In The Air!

Flowering this Month: Agapanthus, bacopa, bidens, buddleia, calibrachoa, clivia, cosmos, daylilies, fuschia, gazana, eremophila nivea, geraldton wax, grevillea, hakea, jasmine, kangaroo paws, lavender, marigold, lechenaultia, leucospermum, louisiana iris, mandevilla, petunia, pandorea, penstemon, plumbago, protea, ricinocarpus (native wedding bush), roses, salvia, verbena, verticordia, viburnum.

Plant this Month Ornamentals: Abelia, begonias, buddleia, bloodleaf, clivia, conifers, dichondra, grevillea, impatiens, lillipillies, marigold, petunia, roses, strelitzia, ornamental plum trees, polygala, ozothamnus, scaevola, salvias, vincas, viburnum and zinnia.

Edibles to Plant this month: Asparagus (potted), basil, beans, beetroot, cabbage capsicum, carrots, celery, celeriac, chilli, chives, choko, coriander, cucumber, eggplant, lettuce, okra, oregano, olives, parsley, passionfruit, pumpkin, radish, rhubarb, rocket, rosella, squash, sweet corn, sweet potato, tomatoes, watermelon, zucchini.

Garden Jobs for October

1. Feed The Lawn  It’s a good time to feed your lawn, try an environmentally responsible fertiliser like Eco Emerald. This fertiliser is naturally slow release and makes 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. Mulch, Mulch  With warmer weather and Summer on the way, it’s a good time to get mulching! Mulch at least 10cm thick, but remember to leave small mulch free area around the base of stems. Dsatco Lupin Mulch is a wonderful feeding mulch from WA’s own wheatbelt. We use it extensively on our Rose display beds at Forrestfield and highly recommend it. It is also particularly useful around fruit trees, vegetable and flower beds. For General mulching Chunky Pine bar mulch is an excellent coarse grade mulch.

 3. Plant Sweet Basil  This fragrant herb is an indispensable part of Summer cuisine. Plant in beds and pots now! Liquid feed fortnightly with either Seasol or Powerfeed.

4. Feed Camellias and Azaleas as they finish flowering  These plants tend to put on a lot of their annual growth after flowering, so feed them as soon as flowering is finished. Searles Azalea & Camellia Food is ideal.

 5. Tomato Time  It’s a great time to plant your tomatoes for summer cropping. Visit your local Dawson’s for a great range of seedling tomatoes and advanced seedling starter plants. If you don’t have space you can always grow a tomato in a large pot or tub. Just remember to use Dawson’s Potting Mix for best results. We carry an exciting range of tomatoes including heirloom favourites like, Black Russian, Mortgage Lifter and Rouge de Marmande.

 6. Spray Avocados and Mangoes  To prevent the fungal infection anthracnose. Anthracnose starts in late winter spring, first appearing as small black spots on the foliage which progress to larger, irregular brown black discoloured areas. The disease also infects the flowers and later fruit. To control spray monthly, from the end of flowering until fruit harvest with Liquid copper.

7. Fruit Fly Control  Fruit fly populations rapidly build up with warming weather. Start your control measures now. 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.

Planting Guide

1. Kings Park Federation Flame  A brilliant orange flowering Kangaroo Paw, especially selected by Kings Park to mark centenary of Australia’s federation. Well branched flower stems 70cm to 1m, making them ideal for cut flower use. Enjoy flushes of flowers over much of the warmer months. A wonderful addition to feature pots where it could be under- planted with the contrasting purple fan flowers of Scaevola Aussie Crawl. Remove old flower stems and leaves as close as possible to their base.

2. Purple Hop Bush (Dodonaea viscosa ‘Purpurea’)  This hardy New Zealand selection has distinctive, coppery-purple and green leathery leaves. It makes a fine hedge or screen, growing to up to 3m high and to 1.5m wide. Plant at 1m spacings. It is a fast grower and tolerant to a range of soil conditions, as well as full sun or part shade conditions, wind and coastal conditions. The unique foliage colour provides great contrast and interest. Prune in early spring each year to maintain bushiness. While you can’t make beer out of it, it really is one of the most under-utilised plants around.

3. Deua Flame  A very attractive compact Grevillea with broad, almost ‘exotic’ looking, non-prickly foliage and pendant flame red flowers. A compact grower to just 1m x 1m, it has a brilliantly long flowering period from late winter through summer. It has nectar rich flowers which attract nectar feeding birds to your garden. It bushy habit makes it attractive in pots. It grows in full sun to semi shade conditions and is tolerant to light frosts.

4. Polygala Little Polly  A true dwarf Polygala with a rounded compact shape to 1m. Main flowering times are spring and summer when the bush is covered with purple pea flowers. Suitable for growing in containers or as a low feature shrub or border. Trim to maintain shape. Poly what a cracker!

5. Grevillea Superb  A very showy bird attracting Grevillea with large brushes of reddish-orange flowers for much of the year. Upright, spreading habit, height and width to 2m. Best in an open, sunny position, Prune after major flower flushes to maintain form.

6. Scaevola Aussie Crawl  A quick growing native, groundcover with fresh green, semi-succulent foliage. Produces purple-blue fan flowers for much of the year. A hardy, flowering “spiller” or groundcover, use it to advantage in gardens, rockeries, pots and hanging baskets. A light prune after each flush of flowers will keep the plant looking tidy.

7.  Pittosporum Screen Between  A perfect screening Pittosporum, ideal for hiding the fence. Growing to 3 metres high and 2m wide. Screen Between is naturally dense and self- branching, making it an easy to care for. Silver-grey to green, rounded foliage adds interest and a touch of class.

8. Ozothamnus Radiance  An amazing, ever-flowering native daisy with papery, white flower clusters. The flower sprays make attractive cut flowers and fillers for floral arrangements. The fine green, aromatic foliage is curry scented when crushed. Very hardy and drought tolerant once established. Great addition to the flower garden or sunny pots. Height to 2m width to 1m.

9. Grevillea Ned Kelly  A bird attracting, fast growing Grevillea to 1-2 metres high with large, showy brushes of orangey-red flowers for much of the year. Best planted in a sunny, well drained position. Huge range of Grevilleas in stock from screening species like, Olivacea red and yellow, Apricot Gem, Winpara Gold and Winpara Red Gem.

Feature Roses for October

Enchanting 1

Enchanting  A real charmer with blended pink and orange on the upper petals, contrasting with a yellow reverse. Finished with a light fragrance. It’s a highly decorated rose, having been awarded Best Hybrid Tea Rose at the Australian National Trial Gardens in 2011. Height to 140cm.


Happy Anniversary  This deep salmon-orange hybrid tea is the perfect anniversary present, as our Rose Manger, Luke Simm, says “Fellas for your happy anniversary, you’ve got a Happy Anniversary!” This vibrant variety has perfect exhibition form with tightly packed petals and fantastic vase life. Happy anniversary has a light fragrance and grows to 90-120cm tall. Happy anniversary is of Australian origin, from NSW rose breeder Graeme Catt.


Little Ray of Sunshine  New Release! Sunny, golden-yellow blooms finished with a delightful citrus and rose scent. Height to 150cm. Part proceeds of sales to the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Launched at the 2014 Melbourne International Flower and Garden show to celebrate the Association’s 50th Anniversary.

Daniel Morcombe rose

Daniel Morcombe  New Release! Classic, dark, velvety- red blooms, held on long, strong stems. Bred for long vase life, making this a perfect cut flower variety. Lightly fragrant. Height 150-200cm. Part proceeds of sales to The Daniel Morcombe Foundation. See www.danielmorcombe.com.au.


Tournament of Roses  This attractive, two toned pink has been one of our most popular pink, hybrid tea roses for many years. Its coral and deeper pink petals have subtle copper tones and the flowers have high centred bloom form. A wonderful cut flower and garden performer. Grows to around 150cm high. The name celebrates The Tournament of Roses Parade held each New Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.