What: A cultivar of the native flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum “Pulborough Scarlet” was selected for its deep, cardinal-red flowers opening to a rich, rose red. The early spring flowers have a spicy fragrance and are a favorite of over-wintering hummingbirds. This deciduous shrub has longer flower chains than the typical flowering currant and is a reliable performer in the garden. Use as a single filler shrub to add a splash of spring color or group together to form an informal screen. Combinations with hellebores, spring bulbs or early rhododendrons create an excellent foil for the sparkling blooms.
Where: Tough and durable, flowering currant tolerates sand or clay as long as the soil is well-drained. The best bloom is in full sun, but it will still have plenty of flowers in light or open shade.
Size: “Pulborough Scarlet” grows to 8 inches tall and 8 inches wide when mature.
Care: Once established it is drought tolerant, but it will appreciate occasional watering during dry weather. Very little pruning is required to maintain the loose upright habit. If a branch strays too much out of bounds, it can be removed. Plants will often sucker to form a small patch.
— Richie Steffen, Great Plant Picks