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Gardening: plant of the week: Snowdrop (Galanthus).

THEY are among the first of the popular spring bulbs to open, signalling the end of winter, and look best in drifts in woodland areas, although they also grow well at the base of rural hedges where the soil is rich in organic matter.

You need a huge amount of snowdrops to achieve a naturalised effect quickly, so it's probably best to build up the carpet gradually, planting some more clumps every year.

Good varieties include Galanthus S. Arnott, which is a tall variety with large, scented flowers and those which are best for naturalising include the common snowdrop G. nivalis f. pleniflorus Flore Pleno, a double variety which looks great planted on the edge of paths or the base of walls.

Snowdrops should be planted in early autumn and thrive in semi shade in moist, rich soil. Plant them in clumps of three or five bulbs, grouping several clumps together.

For details of National Gardens Scheme gardens open to the public featuring snowdrop highlights, visit


Snowdrops at Pembury House Garden in Clayton, West Sussex
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 9, 2008
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