Nurseryman’s favourites: March

Bob Brown, one of Britain's most talented nurserymen, chooses nine irresistible plants for spring - Ribes x gordonianum is just one of them. To find out more, look at the March 2010 issue of Gardens Illustrated.

Ribes x gordonianum

Ribes x gordonianum
The choice of beautiful plants to grow is too great to bother with the demanding ones. This is an easy shrub. It is a hybrid between Ribes sanguineum and R. odoratum, made by Donald Beaton in 1837. He named it after his employer, William Gordon. It inherits scent from its mother, R. odoratum, and has flowers with apricot-yellow insides and soft red outsides – broadly midway between the flower colours of its parents. Its growth habit is neatish – certainly neater than the rather rangy R. odoratum. The flowering period is only about five weeks but the beauty of the flowers makes up for this.

ORIGINS The parents are from the Midwest and West of North America.
CONDITIONS Anywhere except full shade.
SEASON Spring.

To see eight more plants looking stunning this month, chosen by Bob Brown, buy the March issue of GARDENS ILLUSTRATED (Issue 159).
Bob Brown owns Cotswold Garden Flowers, a mecca for plant lovers, which stocks a huge range of rare and beautiful plants.
Photograph by Torie Chugg
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