Redcurrants or Ribes rubrum, as is their botanical name, are easy to grow shrubs, which produce delicious edible fruits that ripen during the summertime.  The time of ripening depends on the redcurrant cultivar you choose to grow, as well as the location where you’re growing your redcurrant plant.  To stager your harvest, you could grow an early fruiting redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Junifer’ or ‘Jonkheer Van Tets’, a mid season ripening redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Red Lake’, and a late season ripening redcurrant cultivar like, ‘Red Start’ or ‘Rovada’.

Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ is a winter flowering honeysuckle, that produces scented, cream coloured flowers during mild periods, from December to March each year.  Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ grows well in full sun to partial shade, in any moist, well-drained soil.

Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is an evergreen shrub that produces small, but highly fragrant flowers from January to March. Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna ‘Purple Stem’ is best grown in full to partial shade, in well drained soil.

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ is a deciduous shrub with an upright habit.  Plants can be lightly trimmed to create a pyramid shape with horizontal tiered layers; rather similar in appearance to a traditional wedding cake.

In April, Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Kilimanjaro Sunrise’ produces rather glamorous lacecap flowers from the top to the bottom of the shrub. 

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ is an erect, upright shrub that produces pretty, delicate-pink, tubular flowers from January to the end of March each year.  The plants drop their leaves in winter, just before their new foliage starts to emerge.

Daphne bholua ‘Jacqueline Postill’ grows best in a warm, sheltered position.  Plant in a sunny or partially shaded area of the garden, in moist but well-drained soil. 

Sarcococca confusa is a hardy, evergreen shrub that flowers from December to March each year.  This is not a shrub that many people would take notice of or remember for much of the year, but from the wintertime, until early spring, a gardener that grows this shrub is blessed by the fragrance of Sarcococca confusa‘s sweetly scented, highly fragrant flowers, which fill the garden with their intoxicating perfume – it’s fabulous!