SNOWDROPS!!

£2.20 per pot or 5 pots for £10.

A British garden favourite to herald the end of winter. The botanical name for the common snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis (Galanthus = milk-white flowers, nivalis = snowy).

Plant snowdrops in a lightly shaded site in well-drained soil that doesn’t dry out. Ideal under deciduous shrubs or at the base of deciduous hedges so they’re protected from hot sun during summer. If you wish to naturalise them in grass then make sure you let the leaves die back before the grass is cut in spring. If you’ve had trouble cultivating them from bulbs in the past then try planting them now – “in the green” – the traditional and easiest way to get them established.

Not thought to be a native British plant, snowdrops are now found growing in many a park, wood and hedgerow. First records of them in the wild date back to the 18th century, while they have been recorded in gardens as far back as the 16th century. Their simple but stunning beauty in the depths of winter will ensure they remain popular for many more centuries to come.

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