Plant of the Month by Martin Fish
I love it when the first snowdrops start to flower in February and hopefully, it signals that spring isn’t too far away! These tough little bulbs are the perfect way to add some cheer and colour to the garden in late winter.
There are many types of snowdrops that start to flower from October through until May, but for me the ever popular Galanthus nivalis or single snowdrop takes some beating. They get their name by the way from the Greek words, gala meaning milk and anthos meaning flower.
Totally hardy, snowdrops are ideal for under planting trees and shrubs in borders for early colour. They are also perfect in a woodland setting where they can naturalise and create large drifts. On a much smaller scale, you can grow them in pots to stand on a balcony or by your front door so that you can enjoy the pretty bloom up close.
You can also cut the flowers to place in a small glass or vase on a cool windowsill where you will be able to enjoy not only their beauty, but also their delicate honey scent!
If you want to increase the existing snowdrops in your garden the time to lift and divide clumps is after flowering from mid to late March. Alternatively, you can buy plants in the green in spring or plant fresh bulbs in September to flower next year.
Martin Fish is a gardening columnist, broadcaster, speaker, RHS judge and all-round horticulture expert. He writes for publications including Garden Answers, Kitchen Garden and Which? Gardening.
We have worked with Martin closely over a number of years and each month he chooses a favourite Plant of the Month for us, with tips and advice for planting and growing in the garden.