Scouting for Snowdrops

Snowdrops are perfect for the modern garden. Even a tiny urban backyard or a pot on a windowsill can accommodate these brave, buccaneering beauties, happy are they in a light sun or a shady spot.

Amid the dark days of winter The Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops by Naomi Slade fulfils our every snowdrop crush. From in the potting shed to outdoors on our knees in our mittens, we have discovered a whole new miniature world. There’s a spotter’s guide, tips from old hands and lots of brilliant choosing and planting notes.

She says: to the uninitiated, a snowdrop is just a snowdrop

We say: pass the magnifying glass, we’re going galanthophile

Photographs: Naomi Slade

Image: Jo Whitworth

For rapid, dramatic effects with least hassle, Slade recommends investing in lots and lots of easy to grow, cheap to buy, Galanthus nivalis bulbs.


Snowdrops can be planted ‘in the green’ when the bulb is in active growth with leaves present, growing in pots or a dormant bulbs. Alternatively you can divide clumps from another garden.

Image: Jo Whitworth

Five or seven snowdrops placed in a tiny vase allows you to appreciate their subtle fragranace and enjoy them even in the depths of winter.

imageThe Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops by Naomi Slade is published by Timber Press £17.99


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