The flowering current (Ribes sanguineum) is an uncommon but beautiful small deciduous shrub species which is ideal for sunny or semi-shaded cottage gardens and perennial borders. Growing to approximately 1.5 metres in height and 1 metre in width, this shrub maintains a relatively open habit. Light apple-green leaves are supplemented with beautifully scented pink flowers in summer. Whilst this species will survive bouts of aridity, it grows best when soil moisture is maintained, so apply a thick layer of mulch in late spring. Prune in late winter before spring growth emerges. Young plants can be tip pruned to establish a bushier habit.
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