John Woods Nurseries to preview a selection from 2012/13 range at HTA/GMG Press Day at Capel Manor College

John Woods Nurseries is this week previewing four new plants from its 2012/13 range at the HTA/GMG Annual Press Day at Capel Manor College.

Speaking during the morning session of the event, the company will present these recently launched additions to its product offering:

Strawberry Buddy

A new ever-bearing variety that produces delicious sweetly flavoured fruit continuously from July to October.  The development of Buddy marks a change in the way ever-bearers have been viewed over the last ten years. The emphasis for ever-bearing varieties has been high yield and long shelf life, but flavour has not always been exceptional. Buddy produces delicious sweetly flavoured large to medium sized fruit, glossy and regular in shape. High in vigour it can produce a yield of up to 967g per plant.

Height and spread: 20cm x 40cm.

On sale now SSP £5.99 in a 2Lt pot

Every journalist attending the event will receive a complementary Strawberry Buddy.

Rhododendron Hans Hachmann, an evergreen compact shrub with a dark glossy evergreen foliage which reaches a height of approximately 1.3m in 10 ten years. Flowers are produced in profusion through late April / May. The flowering truss is made up of distinct, almost saucer shaped bi-colour reddish purple edged flowers with a white inner and contrasting red blotch on the throat. The initial crosses for this unique variety where made in 1991, a testament the dedication of the Hachmann family in breeding unique Rhododendrons. Rhododendron Hans Hachmann is hardy to below -20°C. Part of the Waterers Ericaceous collection.

Available from September 2012 SSP £24.99 in a 7Lt pot

Rhododendron Metallica, a compact form which is uniform in growth. Easy to grow, Metallica has a compact dense habit with deep glossy evergreen foliage which, once established, is almost smothered by flowers in late April / May. The flowering truss is made up of distinctly-coloured purple flowers with an equally distinct deeper purple blotch on the lower petal. Height and spread: 1.2m x 1.3m in ten years. Part of the Waterers Ericaceous collection.

Available from September 2012 SSP £24.99 in a 7Lt pot

Representing exciting colour breaks, these two Rhododendrons can be grown in large patio containers and will thrive in light shade. They also make a useful screen if planted en masse and their evergreen, compact rounded dense form make a useful foil for other plants when they are not in flower. Rhododendrons Hans Hachmann and Metallica reliably flower year after year with very little maintenance. No pruning is required, however for best results, remove flower heads once past their best.

Cercis Ruby Falls, a deciduous tree, originally from the US, the first ever purple leaved weeping Cercis it has an elegant and unique weeping habit and multiple seasons of interest. Cercis Ruby Falls produces reddish purple/pink blooms on bare stems in early spring followed by attractive foliage; dark burgundy heart-shaped leaves which have a luxuriant glossy sheen as they unfurl in spring. Ruby Falls is being hailed as a weeping version of the popular C. Forest Pansy. Best grown in full sun and well-drained soils, Cercis Ruby Falls requires minimal pruning and is the ideal weeping tree for small gardens. It will even grow in a large container so would make a perfect tree the terrace or patio. Height and spread: 1.8m x 1.2m.

Available from The Garden Centre Group and Notcutts Garden Centres from Spring 2013 SSP £69.99 in a 12Lt pot

Rose Wedding Bells, A beautifully scented Hybrid Tea rose variety that produces a naturally bushy plant. The rich pink, uniform classically shaped flowers have slightly pointed petals and are produced over a long period. Disease resistant, it’s an ideal gift and an attractive addition to planted displays. Height and spread: 80cm x 80cm. Part of the Mattocks Rose collection

Available from September 2012 SSP £13.99 in a 5Lt pot

Rhubarb Livingstone. This unique variety of Rhubarb does not become dormant in late summer like most other rhubarb varieties. It will produce fresh stems from April right through until the autumn. Delicious in pies and crumbles. Height and spread: 50cm x 50cm

Available from September 2012 SSP £7.99 in a 3Lt pot

For stockist details on all of the above plants call John Woods Nurseries on 01728 445158

The HTA/GMG Annual Press Day, hosted by Lady Salisbury, Trustee of Capel Manor College, takes place at Capel Manor College on Tuesday 19 June, with registration commencing at 9.30am. For further details, visit www.capel.ac.uk.

For further information about John Woods Nurseries, visit www.johnwoodsnurseries.co.uk.

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John Woods Nurseries John Woods Nurseries was incorporated in August 2007, following a management buyout of the then Notcutts Nurseries by managing director John Lord and finance director John Kirkum. The original John Woods Nurseries was established in 1837 and purchased by RC Notcutt in 1897. The name was chosen for the new business to reinforce the company’s heritage and authenticity. John Woods produces hardy nursery stock on a ninety-five acre site in Suffolk. Sixty acres are currently in production, with the remaining thirty-five available for expansion. The company’s product range extends to 1,500 lines in a range of sizes across shrubs, perennials, roses, ericaceous plants, climbers, trees and fruit. More than 1.3million units are produced annually. ISO14001 and ISO9001 accredited, John Woods Nurseries is one of the UK’s top five nurseries supplying the garden retail market. Annual turnover is approximately six million pounds. Industry AwardsGarden Retail Awards ’10 - Most Successful New PlantGold Award ’10 - RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2010Gold Medal ’10 - RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010 Grower Awards ’09 - Trade Marketing Campaign of the YearGarden Retail Awards ’09 - Most Successful New Plant Grower Awards ’08 - Trade Marketing Campaign of the yearGarden Retail Awards ’08 - Most Successful New Plant Mattocks Mattocks was established in Oxfordshire in 1875. Since then, the company has built a reputation for consistently developing novel, disease-resistant varieties of roses and creating beautiful displays at the RHS Flower Shows at Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace. Mattocks is also responsible for the County® series of roses, flowers developed for – and named after – a number of British counties. A wide range of colours, gentle fragrances and outstanding health properties ensure that all roses in the Mattocks range stand out from the crowd and give excellent garden performance. The company also acts as UK agent for W. Kordes’ Söhne of Germany, one of the world’s most prolific rose breeders. Mattocks is a subsidiary of Suffolk-based John Woods Nurseries, Gold award winner at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2010, for its Upwardly Mobile garden feature. The work of Mattock’s has been recognised with a string of awards in recent years, including: Best Rose exhibit Hampton Court Flower Show 2009Gold medal Hampton Court Flowers Show 2009Gold medal Hampton Court Flower Show 2008Rose of The Year 2006 – Champagne Moment Gold Standard Rose trials 2009 – Golden Beauty, Summer BeautyGold Standard Rose trials 2008 – Lancashire, Red Finesse, TemptressGold Standard Rose trials 2006 – Champagne Moment, Silver Ghost Rose Of The Year® and Roses UK Mattocks Joie de Vivre rose won the 2011 ROSE OF THE YEAR® award. Rose Of The Year® was introduced in 1982 and its aim is to discover by trials the best rose(s) in any given year. The prize is awarded by Roses UK, a joint marketing venture between BARB (British Association Of Rose Breeders) and the British Rose Group of the HTA (previously known as the British Rose Growers Association). Rose of the Year® aims to maintain and increase the profile of the nation's favourite flower, the rose, through promotional activities Rose breeders are invited, through Roses UK, to enter what they consider to be the best of their up and coming varieties in to the Rose of the Year competition; generally up to 20 varieties are submitted annually. Staffordshire Society The County® of Staffordshire Rose was bred by Mattocks for the Staffordshire Society. The Society exists to represent the geographical County of Staffordshire (Based on the pre 1974 boundaries) and make people aware of their Staffordshire heritage. Key to achieving these objectives are social gatherings which encourage cordiality and good fellowship amongst its members, and support for worthy causes within the county of Staffordshire.