Ribes sanguineum 'Elkington's White'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average to fast-growing
- Flowering period: April
- Flower colour: white
- Other features: bright green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A recently introduced and still quite rare variety, that produces very showy, pendent clusters of pure white flowers in spring. After these have faded, rounded, blue-black fruits form, creating further interest. This deciduous shrub has thornless stems, and can be used as an informal, flowering hedge, as well as adding interest to the shrub border early in the year. The rich green leaves have a hairy, white reverse and are slightly aromatic.
- 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.
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Comments about Ribes sanguineum 'Elkington's White':
Very healthy plant and quickly filled the allotted space. Flowers early spring. Looks great surrounded by white daffodils and narcissi.
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Comments about Crocus Ribes sanguineum 'Elkington's White':
I bought this to plant in a difficult, partially shaded, dry area behind my rabbit's walk-in run-I wanted something for early in the year that would be quite bold, and attractive to wildlife but non-toxic just in case it grows through so Mr Carrots can nibble it! Flowering currants are fantastic plants, but I wanted one slightly more unusual than the usual pink-toned ones, and this cultivar fits the bill brilliantly. As I garden on very dry, chalky soil a lot of the early spring flowering shrubs are not an option-Ribes are brilliant, though as with most plants they appreciate a nice juicy rich mulch every so often! The bumblebees have also been out in force enjoying the flowers. Brilliant shrub. Oh, and the 6 muntjac deer that use my garden haven't (yet) sampled this!
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Q:Will this plant cope with a heavy clay soil? I have a pink flowering currant next to the space which is doing well. In the last year I have had 2 shrubs (sambuccus and weigela) that have died in the space and a forsythia which struggled, the soil has been very wet (weather) and water-logged at times.Asked on 1/3/2013 by Treehugger from North Wilts - heavy clay
If you have another flowering currant close by then I would expect this one to also do well. However they do like moderately fertile well-drained soil in full sun. It sounds like your other plants may have 'drowned' in that spot due to water-logging. If possible it may be best to find another location as there may be a problem with that particular spot. Alternatively I would suggest digging a hole 3-4 times the size of the rootball of the new plant and incorporating plenty of horticultural grit, composted bark etc to increase the air pore spaces in the soil and improve drainage. Alternatively you could try making a raised and incorporating these materials which will help. You may need to look at extra drainage to try and divert excess water away from that area if possible. Hopefully this year we'll have better weather! Hope this helps. Sarah.Answered on 1/3/2013 by Anonymous
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