Growing guide

How to grow ribes

Ribes are easy to grow spring flowering shrubs, providing a valuable nectar source for foraging bees early in the year. These undemanding shrubs are useful in a shrub border, combined with spring bulbs and perennials, or they can also be grown as a loose informal hedge. Most Ribes species are decidious having leaves that colour well before falling in winter.

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Quick facts

  • Tough and reliable early-flowering shrub
  • Clusters of tubular or bell like flowers borne in abundance in spring
  • Leaves are often lobed and have a distinct blackcurrant smell when rubbed
  • Grown in a row they can make a spectacular spring flowering hedge
  • Flowers available in pink, red, white and yellow depending on species or cultivar
  • Blackcurrants, redcurrants, whitecurrants and gooseberries are all members of the Ribes genus grown for their edible berries
  • Prune immediately after flowering

All you need to know

Before you get started
Ongoing care
Pruning and training
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