If you have snowdrops in your garden, they will now be popping up – and you may even have an early show of flowers. They are always a welcome sight, reminding us that Spring it on its way.
Snowdrops are Galanthus – from the Greek gála, for milk, and ánthos, for flower. There are more than 2,500 varieties, but all have two linear leaves and a white, bell-shaped flower, with green markings on the inner petals.
Although not a native plant to us, snowdrops have long been a common flower in the UK. As well as popular in residential gardens, they can be found growing in woodlands across the country.
How to grow snowdrops
Snowdrop bulbs are easy to grow. If you have a smaller garden then you may prefer to grow them in pots. Use a good compost and make sure the pots have drainage – like other bulbs, snowdrop bulbs will rot if they are left to sit in waterlogged soil. To keep them looking good every year, you will need to repot them.
If you want to grow snowdrops in your garden, the choice is limitless. They can do well in beds, planted under trees, or dug into lawns – plant them at least 3 inches deep for best results. If your soil is heavy, add a little sharp sand to facilitate drainage. Well-rotted manure is always a good addition for bulb planting. Left to their own devices, snowdrops will naturalise, although you can also dig them up, divide the bulbs and replant them for stronger plants the next time round.
Mix it up
Mixing snowdrops with other Spring bulbs can give a pleasant effect and cheer up any garden. Try vibrant yellow and purple crocuses.
To enjoy snowdrops now, we have planted-up pots available instore – these are set to flower soon. Alternatively, stock up on packets of bulbs later in the year and plant in early autumn.
If you want to take a trip out to see masses of snowdrops that have naturalised, visit the National Trust website page Top Spots for Snowdrops.