Has anyone in southern zone 7b grown gooseberries or currants? Is there a particular type or named variety we have better luck with here?
Pixwell and Glendale gooseberries are gonna be your best bets for being able to hand the heat & humidity of zone 7 - and if you've got a semi-shady spot, or at least one that gets afternoon shade, all the better. These aren't the best 'dessert' type gooseberries, but they'll probably work for you; the 'good' ones won't even survive my hot zone 6 in full sun - I need a shady spot for them.
I tried growing a flowering currant last year, it did fine until the heat & humidity did it in. On top of which, it may be illegal to import them to SC, it is in NC.