Currants are members of the Ribes family of flowering shrubs. These small berries are delicious when eaten fresh. They vary in color from deep dark purple to brilliant ruby red to an almost translucent white. All varieties have a bright acid kick to balance out their sweetness, and a fair amount of tannins that can make your mouth pucker. Use them fresh in fruit salads, particularly berry mixes, or to garnish desserts with their pretty color.
Easy-to-grow plants that are low maintenance and extremely disease resistant. Many are perfect for container planting, mixed borders and beds and are small enough to plant near walkways and other tight spots.
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Honeysuckle (Lonicera) in 'Arnold Red' is a tall, spreading and bushy shrub valued for its very showy red flowers in spring followed by bright red berries; can grow quite leggy and should be underplanted with lower-growing shrubs; resistant to aphid troubles that plague the species.