A deciduous family that heralds spring. Some can be planted to form a stocky, flowering boundary hedge. Ribes is ideal for brightening a lightly shaded spot. Undemanding ribes thrive almost anywhere. Fortify sandy spots, which parch in summer, with bulky, moisture-conserving organics. If you plant this shrub on heavy clay, add gravel to improve drainage. Chalky soils can cause leaves to become a yellow-ish green. Hardiness rating is according to species.