Winter Gardening at Dawsons

While in some ways June is the end of one cycle it’s also the start of another new growth cycle, filled with possibility. It’s a wonderful time to plan, plant, review and undertake major works in the garden. There’s plenty of planting to do with new season’s fruit and ornamental trees, natives, Camellias, flower and vegetable seedlings, so grab a spade and go gardening!

What To Plant Now

Plant Now: Advanced trees, african boxwood, alyssum, azaleas, banksias, bottlebrush, buxus, calendula, camellia, cineraria, cordylines, crepe myrtles, deciduous ornamental and fruit trees, everlasting daisies, eucalyptus, fox gloves, geraniums, gardenias, gazanias, geraldton wax, grevillea, hakea, hebe, hibiscus, jacaranda, kale (ornamental), kangaroo paws, lavender, lobelia, magnolia, murraya, nasturtiums, native violets, nandina, oleander, ornamental plums, pandorea, pansies, plumbago, polygala, poppies, roses, scaevola, salvia, spring flowering bulbs (eg daffodils and hyacinths), star jasmine, society garlic, sweet peas, syzygium (lilly pillies), succulents, tea trees, topiary specimens, viola, viburnum and westringia.

Plant Now In Your Edible Garden: Artichoke, asparagus, beetroot, blueberries, bok choy, broccoli, broad beans, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, chives, citrus trees, coriander, climbing beans, deciduous fruit trees such as apples, pears, plums etc, endive, fennel, figs, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, marjoram, mint, mizuna, mustard greens, nectarines, olives, onions, oregano, pak choy, parsley, parsnip, passionfruit, peas, potatoes, radish, rhubarb, rocket, rosemary, sage, silverbeet, snow peas, spring onions, spinach, strawberries, swedes, tarragon, thyme and turnips.

What’s In Flower This Month: Abelia, alyssum, bacopa, banksia, begonia, butterkins (sida), camellia japonica & sasanqua, correa, crown of thorns (euphorbia), cuphea, cyclamen, cymbidium orchids, duranta, eremophila, erica, erigeron, erynthina indica (coral tree), federation daisies, felicia amelloides, geraldton wax, geranium, grevillea, kangaroo paws, lavender, lobelia, mandevilla, marigold, metrosideros thomasii, ozothamnus, pansies, perennial statice, polygala, pyrostegia (orange trumpet vine) potato jasmine, rosemary, roses, salvia, scaevola, society garlic, viola, westringia and zygocactus.

Winter Rose Pruning – Give your roses the snip!

Rose pruning is really the kindest cut of all. It’s always an invigorating process for roses and you’ll be delighted with the spring flush of blooms. In Perth and generally frost-free districts, roses can be pruned any time from mid-June until mid-August, while in cooler frost prone districts pruning can be left until late July and August.

FREE! Rose Pruning Demonstrations at Dawson’s Forrestfield, Joondalup, Swanbourne and O’Connor. All sessions start at 11am on the following days:

Sunday 29th June

Sunday 6th July

Wednesday 9th July

Saturday 12th July

Rose pruning is actually very easy. Why not come and watch one of our free rose pruning demonstrations? These popular, practical sessions are presented by Dawson’s staff and cover all aspects of rose pruning and winter rose care. Come along and join in!

A free Dawson’s rose pruning the easy way guide is also available.

Garden Jobs for June

1. Transplant Trees And Shrubs – June is a good month for transplanting as plants won’t be heat stressed at this time of the year and it’s easier to maintain soil moisture while plant re-establish. The key with all transplanting is to try to retain as much of the original root system as possible. Prune plants to compensate for the root loss during transplanting. Plant into soil improved with the addition of Dawson’s Soil Improver and keep transplants well watered until established.

2. Rose Pruning – Roses can be pruned in Perth any time from late June through till mid-August. If unsure how, attend one of Dawson’s free rose pruning demonstrations. Don’t be afraid to have a go. Pruning is always an invigorating process for roses. Hybrid tea roses, miniatures and floribunda roses can simply be cut back to half their original height, using secateurs, loppers or hedge shears.

3. Protect Plants From Snail And Slug Attack – Snails and slugs become more active following the first rains. These pests can be particularly devastating to new seedling planting so beware. The best defence is a light sprinkle of a quality snail bait like Multiguard Snail & Slug Killer.

4. Continue Planting In The Vegie garden – A winter planting now of some favourites like broad beans, rocket, lettuce, parsley, silverbeet, coriander and kale will provide months of healthy winter salads and recipe ideas. It’s a good investment in your own health too. Garden fresh greens will boost your immunity to winter colds and flu.

5. Start Your Own Strawberry Patch – Our container grown plants are ideal for planting up your own pots and baskets or your own strawberry plants. Try growing unique pink flowered Strawberry Fragoo with sweet red fruit or compact Temptation with heart shaped, deep red, delicious fruit.

June Planting Guide

1. Federation Daisies – Are a top choice for winter-spring colour. These cheerful, daisy bushes literally burst with colour, making them a spectacular choice for beds and display pots. Federation Daisies were developed in Australia and are compact bushy growers to around 50-60cm high. They have a super long flowering period, peaking over winter and spring. Choose from outstanding varieties like; Bright Carmine, Supreme White, Sunday Best, Sugar Cheer and Reflections Pink.

2. Orange Trumpet Vine – Is surely one of the most spectacular climbing plants. Covers itself with flame-like clusters of orange, trumpet flowers throughout Winter. It’s a vigorous, evergreen, tendril climber ideal for hiding a fence, tank stand or ugly shed. Thrives in Perth and coastal WA.

3. Ornamental Kale – Looking for something different for some winter colour? Ornamental Kale might be the answer. Ornamental Kale are essentially ornamental cabbages grown for their colourful foliage. They produce tight rosettes of richly coloured, flat leaves in shades of pink, green, red, white and purple. They are at their best through winter-early spring. Use them for edging, in containers or group plant for a stunning effect.

4. Happy Wanderer – This beautiful, climbing Native Wisteria flowers over Winter and Spring, producing cascading sprays of purple pea flowers. Happy Wanderer is an easy plant to Grow. Plant into improved soil in a full sun –semi shade position. It looks wonderful on a fence or pergola post. Prune after flowering.

5. Peacharine – Is it a Peach? Is it a Nectarine? It’s really something in between! The Peacharine is a Peach-Nectarine cross, resulting in delicious fruit which combines the best of both. The skin of the fruit is like a nectarine, smooth and highly red blushed. The flesh is full flavoured, peachy, yellow and juicy. The stone is semi-freestone. Once established it can be quite a prolific producer. Crop matures mid- late January. Attractive, pink springtime blossom is a bonus. Grows to 3-4m high and wide.

6. 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 full sun positions.

Feature Rose – Perfume Passion

Perfume Passion is a magnificent, high centred rose with blended pink blooms. Has a delicious fragrance, infact, Perfume Passion won Best Hybrid Tea Rose And Most Fragrant rose at the Australian National Rose trials in 2012. It’s the fragrance that keeps you coming back for mare. Grows to 150cm tall.