Best of the bunch
●● Snowdrop (Galanthus) IT'S the pint-sized dazzler of late winter, marked by white carpet displays across the country and at various National Trust properties, parks and gardens.
If you have your own woodland area and you want a naturalised effect, you'll have to plant a huge number of bulbs. Perhaps the best approach is to build your snowdrop colony gradually, planting more clumps each year.
Plant them in early autumn in groups of 10 or more, spacing them 4cm apart and 6-7cm deep. They should reach their potential after a couple of years.
They prefer semi shade and ideally a moist soil rich in organic matter.