Winter Gardening at Dawson’s

WINTER ROSE SALE NOW ON! 5 for the price of 4

Choose any 5 roses at the same price and we’ll give you the 5th one FREE! There’s a Rose for everyone at Dawson’s! (*Offer applies to in store sales only, for any 5 roses at the same retail price. Offer ends 31/7/15)

Planting Guide

Our exciting new season’s range of deciduous ornamental and fruit trees have arrived, so grab a spade and take advantage of winter’s perfect planting conditions.

1. New Season’s Fruit Trees – Turn your garden into a food forest with our delicious range of new season’s fruit trees. Choose from Apples, apricots, citrus, figs, grapes, mulberries, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, olives and much more. Only have a small garden or an apartment? Our dwarf fruit tree range, turn small spaces into productive spaces! You can even grow them in large pots and tubs. Collect you fee copy of our Fruit Tree Guide in store or view online here.

2. Spicezee – Is a fascinating Nectarine-Plum Cross with unique, maroon-red skinned fruit with white flesh and a juicy, plummy flavour. The tree is also quite “ornamental” with attractive, red-burgundy coloured new growth which fades to green over summer. A vigorous grower to 3-4m high. Spicezee is self- fertile and matures around mid-January.

3. Tall but Narrow Screening Trees – Tall but narrow growing trees are a godsend for smaller, modern gardens where they fit into tight spots to provide shade, privacy screening and vertical interest. Two of the best of these urban space savers are; Prunus Oakville Crimson Spire, an ornamental Plum with burgundy blushed foliage and single white to pinkish flowers in spring, and Pyrus Captial, a narrow growing Ornamental Pear with white springtime blossom and attractive autumn foliage.

4. Home Among The Plum Trees! – Flowering Plum trees provide year round interest with cheery, pink blossom in spring, followed by attractive foliage colour for the rest of the season. Prunus nigra has glorious, deep burgundy foliage while Prunus blireana has showy, double pink blossoms followed by burgundy-purple blushed foliage. Both are compact, rounded canopy trees growing to around 4 metres high and wide.

5. Mulberry Black English – An old favourite, that always seems to sell out quickly each year. Matures much later than Hick’s Fancy, beginning in about December. Delicious red/black fruit. A slow growing tree with a dense, rounded canopy. Attractive rounded to slightly heart shaped foliage. Grow to 4 x4 metres. What childhood would be complete without climbing a backyard Mulberry tree and feasting on its delicious fruit?

6. Pyrus Korean Sun – Korean Sun is a smaller growing ornamental Pear tree, growing to just 4 metres high and 4-5 metres wide. It is the most compact ornamental Pear currently available and is an exciting choice for smaller gardens. It has a dense, rounded canopy, usually higher than wide at maturity and red and orange, autumnal foliage.

7. Flowering Peaches – Flowering Peaches herald the start of spring with their spectacular blossom magic. Choose from double white flowering Alboplena, double red Magnifica and Klara Mayer with double pink blossom. Flowering peaches are fast growing trees to around 4m high. Prune mature trees immediately after flowering to encourage vigorous new growth and prolific flowering the following season.

8. Peach Crimson Rocket – A unique, narrow and upright habit to just 2 metres tall. It has sweet, juicy, freestone, red blushed fruit, ideal for growing in pots or narrow spots.

9. Double Grafted Low Chill Cherry – A double grafted Cherry, featuring the perfect cross pollinating pair of low chill Cherries, Minnie Royal with rounded juicy, red fruit and Royal Lee with rounded to heart shaped fruit. Both mature early December. Cherry ripe for Perth’s climate requiring only 200-300 winter chill hours.

10. Apple Monty’s Surprise – This fascinating new Apple variety originated in New Zealand, has been extensively tested and found to contain particularly high levels of health promoting phytochemicals and antioxidants in its fruit. So the old adage of “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” has never been truer. Monty’s Surprise is available as a super-dwarf Apple and requires cross pollination Leprechaun, Golden Delicious, Pinkabelle or Gala.

In Your Garden This Month

Flowering: Camellia japonica and sasanqua, correa, erigeron, eucalyptus leucoxylon and Silver Princess, federation daisies, grevillea, kangaroo paws, kalanchoe, lavender, pansies, perennial statice, polygala, pyrostegia (orange trumpet vine), scaevola, thyrptomene, viola, wall flower, westringia and zygocactus.

Ornamentals to Plant: Brachyscome, camellia, correa, dianellas, eriostemon (wax flowers), everlasting daisies, federation daisies, fox gloves, grevillea, hakea, hibbertia, kangaroo paws, lavender, lomandra, magnolia, nandina, ornamental pears and plums, ozothamnus, pansies, poppies, society garlic, succulents, topiary specimens, westringia.

Edibles to Plant: Artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, chives, citrus trees, coriander, deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums etc, fennel, kale, lettuce, pak choy, parsley, radish, rhubarb, rocket, rosemary, silverbeet, snow peas and strawberries.

Garden Jobs

1. Rose Pruning – Roses can be pruned in Perth any time from now through till mid-August. Don’t be afraid to have a go.  Hybrid tea roses, miniatures and floribunda roses can simply be cut back to half to one third of their original height, using secateurs, loppers or hedge shears. Follow up by removing and dead, diseased or crossing branches and any branches growing directly into the centre of the bush. Immediately after pruning, thoroughly spray canes with Lime Sulphur. Need to know more? Watch our rose pruning video and attend one of our free rose pruning demonstrations, commencing at 11am at all stores, on Sunday 12th July.

2. Prune Grapes – Prune grapes this month. Follow pruning with a dormant spray of Lime Sulphur to prevent Grape Blister Mite. For more information read our Grape Vine Pruning fact sheet on our website.

3. Protect Plants From Caterpillar Attack – Caterpillars particularly white cabbage moth and tiger moth larvae (also known as “woolly bears”) are very active at this time of year. These are voracious eaters and can be very destructive to most soft foliaged plants. To control, begin spraying with Yates Success as soon as damage is noticed and repeat spray at 7-14 day intervals while pests are active.

4. More Trees Please – Now’s the perfect time to plant deciduous trees. Select from our new season’s stock. We’ve got trees for gardens large and small!

5. Prune deciduous fruit trees – An excellent illustrated guide to fruit tree pruning can be viewed online courtesy of Flemings Nurseries.