Instead of forsythia…plant this:

In my continuing quest for better plants/better gardens (for myself -you can plant whatEVER you like) I have come to positively LOVE LOVE LOVE ribes aureum, or golden currant bush. Native to many parts of the US, this plant has so much going for it. Let me list the attributes:

  1. lime green foliage that appears in spring
  2. sulfur yellow/bright flowers that sing to the bees
  3. rich green foliage throughout the growing season
  4. a very nice shape, easily trimmed to a hedge if you are so weirdly inclined
  5. berries that go from pale green, to gold, to orange, to red and if there are any remaining after the birds party down
  6. the berries-should you get any for yourself- are delish
  7. gorgeous fall foliage: hot pink/red/orange




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6 Responses to Instead of forsythia…plant this:

  1. Laura B. says:

    Do you think those would grown in Donnelly? The neighbors have a currant bush, but I don’t know if it’s this kind.

  2. Laura B. says:

    “grow” not grown…. I love this series you’re doing!

  3. Mary Ann says:

    Absolutely. Golden currant is good to USDA hardiness zone 2. Which essentially means the tundra. Check out Alpha Nursery, North End Organic Nursery or anywhere that is big on native plants. I am hoping to cover one of my shrubs this year (they were here, wild on the hillside when we moved in) so I can harvest enough to make jam. Or at least eat a few out of hand. Glad you like this series. It is so much fun to do.

  4. catherine says:

    And will it do well in rain-soaked, boggy, cold, damp, clayey soil here in Grangeville???

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