Ribes sanguineum Amore ('Annys2003') (PBR)
- available to order from autumn
- 12 lt pot (0.8-1m)
This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.
- Position: full sun or lighlty dappled shade
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Larger than average clusters of reddish pink flowers form along the length of the thorn-free stems in mid-spring, usually at the same time as the lightly lobed leaves are starting to appear. The effect is really colourful - particularly at a time when most plants are still trying to shake off the winter, so it's a really valuable addition to the border or patio. As well as being so pretty in spring, its tougher than it looks, and can cope with a wide range of soils. It will also make a very handsome (informal) hedge or screen.
- Garden care: In late summer remove any dead, diseased or crossing branches to maintain a healthy, open framework and reduce the flowered shoots to a strong, lower bud. Prune specimens grown as hedges immediately after flowering. After pruning apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost around the base of the plant.
- Pests and diseases: Ribes should never be planted near pine trees as it can be a host to white pine blister rust. It is also very susceptible to honey fungus, and aphids, leaf spot and powdery mildew can be a problem.