Best of the bunch
Ribes speciosum THE flowering currant Ribes sanguineum is a familiar sight in many gardens – a reliable foot soldier of hedges and shrubberies.
It does however have a lesser known cousin, Ribes speciosum, which deserves to be planted more widely.
Its scarlet flowers look a little like fuchsia, hence its common name the fuchsia-flowered currant.
It’s very thorny, similar to gooseberry, so handle with care or use as a burglar-deterrent plant.
It’s beautiful trained against a south-facing wall where you can admire its serried ranks of scarlet flowers, and it will appreciate the shelter and warmth.