The flowers of the Ribas Sanguineum are so dramatic, resembling bright red grape clusters.
Another great thing about them is that they truly thrive on neglect. Here in the Pacific Northwest, the main care instruction for this plant is "no extra water in summer!"
Yet another great thing about red-flowering currant is that it has very little else blooming around it right now. It really leads the way out of winter. I plan to use a lot of these around the landscape, and Witch Hazel, for that feature. Summer and Fall take care of themselves 'round here, it's winter that needs extra cheer, definitely.
Do these guys actually get a currant-like berry? I do not know. Last year these plants were stick-babies and I had no expectations! But this year we'll see. I have them protected from deer now so there will be no nipping for a change!
BELOW: Brand-new growth of Sedum "Autumn Joy", each sweet rosette cradling a diamond-bright dewdrop.
These will grow to be about a foot tall, topped with a big pink flower. Another "no-water" favorite.