Cur­rant af­fairs

EDP Norfolk - - Garden Guide - Plant spe­cial­ist Keith Clout­ing of Taver­ham Nurs­ery Cen­tre brings you his guide to get­ting the best out of your gar­den

Some of the most pop­u­lar gar­den shrubs for early spring are the flow­er­ing cur­rants. These easy to grow shrubs, orig­i­nally brought back from Amer­ica by David Dou­glas, add a splash of colour to the spring gar­den when many shrubs are still wak­ing up. One of the newer va­ri­eties, Ribes

san­guineum ‘Koja’ is more com­pact than most, grow­ing to around 2m tall. It pro­duces its bright crim­son/ pink flow­ers in mid to late spring. A lovely white va­ri­ety, ‘Elk­ing­tons

White’, has good, strong, up­right stems with masses of green buds in early spring which open into droop­ing clus­ters of pure white flow­ers. A good va­ri­ety for a shadier spot is Ribes

Brock­le­bankii which has pink flow­ers and bril­liant golden yel­low fo­liage which is best shaded from the hot af­ter­noon sun to pre­vent scorch.

Ribes will grow in most gar­den soils in­clud­ing chalk; if the soil is very light mulch in spring to keep the mois­ture in. Prun­ing is best done in spring as soon as flow­er­ing has fin­ished as Ribes flower on the pre­vi­ous year’s growth.

Ribes san­guineum ‘Koja’

Ribes san­guineum ‘Elk­ing­ton’s White’

Ribes Brock­le­bankii (flower)

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