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For welcome assurance that the brighter days of spring are on their way, look no further than snowdrops (Galanthus).

They are surprisingly varied in height, flower size, shape, and even colouring. Given a moist soil they will multiply into drifts and provide plenty of plants to share with fellow gardeners.

Cultivation notes

Any garden can accommodate snowdrops;

  • Plant freshly-lifted snowdrops when the foliage is just dying back in late spring.
  • If it is not possible to plant in late spring, buying just after flowering when the leaves are still green, (‘in the green’) is the next best way of establishing snowdrops. These are available from nurseries in bundles, or in individual pots.
  • Snowdrop bulbs are very prone to drying out, so if sourcing bulbs from a nursery is the only option, buy them as soon as they are available and plant them immediately.
  • Plant snowdrops in a partly-shaded position in moist, but well-drained soil with mulch or garden compost incorporated. It is important that the soil does not dry out in summer.

Remember to Label your Snowdrops, I would recommend black labels and a silver marker pen, which would enhance the beauty of your plants.