The laurel-leaved currant is less of a structural element and more of a spring treat. The leathery leaves provide the perfect backdrop for cascading heads of creamy green, scented flowers in late winter or spring. Give it full sun or light shade and a fertile soil that doesn’t dry out. Slow to establish, so don’t expect it to get to more than 50cm to 1m tall. Male plants have bigger flower heads, but both sexes are good shrubs.