2017 Snowdrop Catalogue

Snowdrop season is done for 2017.   Look for the 2018 catalogue in December 2017.  This catalogue remains available for information purposes only.

2017-catalogue-collage-11-26-2016-12-14-18-pm-11-26-2016-12-14-18-pmClockwise from upper left: ‘Jessica’, ‘Blonde Inge’, ‘Ophelia’, ‘Primrose Warburg’, ‘Trumps’, ‘Lapwing’, ‘Lady Elphinstone’

2017 Snowdrop Catalogue: Calling all Galanthophiles

(That’s a British word for gardeners obsessed with snowdrops/Galanthus)

I am thrilled that you like snowdrops as much as I do. I sell my snowdrops in the late winter as growing plants because that is the best way to insure vigorous healthy snowdrops in our climate. You will also be able to enjoy (and identify) the flowers immediately as they will be mature and, with a few exceptions, blooming when you receive them. Snowdrops are available mail order and for pick up at the nursery.  Many cultivars are offered in limited quantities, which are listed after the price and will be adjusted regularly to reflect sales or additions, so check the on line catalogue before you order.

Also available for local pick up only are seven unusual snowdrop companion plants: Italian arum, fall-blooming hardy cyclamen, snow crocus, rarely available winter aconite, summer snowflake, Siberian squill, and very early-blooming pale blue squill.

To Order for Pick Up: Please send an email to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net with the plant names, quantities, your name, and telephone number. Supplies are limited so order early. Shortly after you order, you will receive an email confirming your order and amount owed to be paid by check.  Another email in late February or early March will let you know when the plants are available for pick up.  Any snowdrops purchased can be planted in your garden immediately or enjoyed in a pot until the weather warms in the spring. We offer no guarantee other than that each plant is true to name and healthy when it leaves here.

To Order for Mail Order:   Only snowdrops and snowflakes (L. vernum only) are available mail order. There is a $50 minimum and a $15 charge will be added for packing and shipping your plants USPS priority mail. Please send an email to carolynsshadegardens@verizon.net specifying mail order and including the plant names, quantities, your name, telephone number, and mailing address. Supplies are limited so order early. Shortly after you order, you will receive an email confirming your order and amount owed to be paid by check.  Another email in late February or early March will let you know when the plants are available for shipment.  We offer no guarantee other than that each plant is true to name and healthy when it leaves here. Snowdrops will be shipped with all soil removed and must be potted or planted immediately upon receipt.

General Information:  Common snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, are naturalized throughout my garden, and I still can’t have enough. The wonderfully honey-scented, white flowers appear by the thousands from February through March and are my personal signal that winter is ending. By adding more unusual varieties, I have extended my snowdrop bloom season from fall through winter into spring. For example, some of my giant snowdrops, G. elwesii, flower from November to December, while ‘Magnet’ and ‘S. Arnott’ bloom in January and February before the common snowdrop, G. nivalis, and G. woronowii take over in March and sometimes April.

Snowdrops are the best plants for consistent winter interest in the garden. A great companion plant for hellebores, arum, early bulbs, and hardy cyclamen, snowdrops grow in part shade to full deciduous shade and are usually not picky about soil. They are deer resistant and summer dormant. All varieties offered do well in the Delaware Valley, zones 6b and 7; gardeners outside that area should do their own research into hardiness.

Snowdrops are desirable plants for three reasons: their bloom time, ornamental characteristics, and their fascinating histories. For more on this, read the feature article I wrote for the Hardy Plant Society Newsletter called “Confessions of a Galanthophile” by clicking here. I have written many other articles on snowdrops, and you can find links to all of them by clicking here.  Look for my cover article on snowdrops in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Fine Gardening magazine.  Much of the information in the descriptions below comes from Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus by Matt Bishop, Aaron Davis, and John Grimshaw (Griffin Press 2006) (referred to as Snowdrops below).

RHS AGM signifies a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, given to only 17 snowdrops.

New means offered for the first time or returning to the list this year.

UK Popularity List refers to a survey of British galanthophiles resulting in a list of their all-time 25 favorite snowdrops.

Photos appear above the descriptions.

Galanthus 'Atkinsii'

‘Atkinsii’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): Snowdrops describes ‘Atkinsii’ as having “elegant elongated flowers that suggest the drop-pearl earrings of Elizabeth I”—a true English classic. Selected in the 1860s by James Atkins of Gloucestershire, it is a large-flowered cultivar valued for its early bloom and particularly sweet fragrance.  RHS AGM; number 9 on UK popularity list.

$21 (1 plant per pot, 20 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Cordelia'

New ‘Cordelia’ (Greatorex Hybrid Double Snowdrop): This is a beautiful and elegant double snowdrop originated prior to 1954 by English plantsman Heyrick Greatorex as part of his famous series of large and vigorous doubles named after characters in Shakespeare’s plays.  ‘Cordelia’ is one of the lesser known Greatorex doubles and is identified by its superior height and very uniform petals.

$39 (1 plant per pot, 7 available) one per customer  Sold Out


G. elwesii ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (Giant Snowdrop): early-blooming, beautifully scented, large white flowers with the inner segments (petals) boldly marked with green at both the top and bottom (or merged into a single large green mark) and broad, blue-gray leaves; multiplies quickly, tolerates hotter and drier locations; naturalized throughout Winterthur; named for Victorian plant collector Henry John Elwes (1846-1922). RHS AGM

$21 (1 plant per pot, 15 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Jessica'

New G. elwesii ‘Jessica’ (Giant Snowdrop Cultivar): When I was fortunate enough to view hundreds of blooming snowdrops in a collector’s greenhouse, ‘Jessica’ was among the handful that really stood out; Snowdrops ranks it “among the finest green-tipped clones of G. elwesii“; found by well known snowdrop explorer Phil Cornish in 1997 near Wroxall, Warwickshire, and named for his wife.

$68 (1 plant per pot, 12 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Kite'

New G. elwesii ‘Kite’ (Giant Snowdrop Cultivar): an elegant, early-blooming snowdrop with exceptionally long outer petals and a well-defined X mark on its inner petals; when established it can form twin flowers on one flower stalk (twin-headed), a very rare trait; selected by Oliver Wyatt at Maidwell Hall in Northhamptonshire.

$59 (1 plant per pot, 5 available) one per customer Sold Out


Galanthus 'Potter's Prelude'

New G. elwesii var. monostictus ‘Potter’s Prelude’ (Giant Snowdrop Cultivar): a free-flowering and vigorous snowdrop with wide recurving blue-green leaves and large flowers similar to the best of the species except that it blooms from November to January; selected in the 1960s by Jack Potter, former Curator of the Scott Arboretum, and registered in 2004 by Charles Cresson; Matt Bishop declared ‘Potter’s Prelude’ the best of its type and will include it in the revised edition of Snowdrops.

$59 (1 plant per pot, 10 available) one per customer  Sold Out



G. elwesii ‘Xmas’ (Giant Snowdrop Cultivar): Brilliant detective work and a little creativity reveals that many years ago a gardener at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC, selected an unusual x-marked and early blooming plant from an otherwise ordinary patch of G. elwesii. He gave plants to his chess partner who planted them at his employer’s estate. A landscape designer collected some from the estate, passed them to a fellow designer, who traded some to me. They have multiplied vigorously in my garden. I named this cultivar ‘Xmas’ because its well-rounded and beautiful flowers have a distinct X mark and, better yet, they bloom around Christmas when there is often a lull in snowdrop activity. Thanks to Holly Schmizu, Executive Director of the USBG.

$59 (1 plant per pot, 5 available) one per customer  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Galatea' Cavallo photo

New ‘Galatea’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): ‘Galatea’ has all the characteristics of a desirable snowdrop: big, well-formed flowers, a long stem to set them in motion, and the tendency to multiply well in a variety of conditions.  As Snowdrops states: “a rewarding garden plant…justifiably one of the foundation stones of many collections.”  First mentioned by James Allen in 1889 but later lost and rediscovered in the 1970s by Herbert Ransom.

$34 (1 plant per pot, 20 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Hill Poe'

‘Hill Poe’ (Hybrid Double Snowdrop): Snowdrops calls this late-flowering, neatly formed double “one of the finest and a favorite with many galanthophiles”; the solid flower has a tightly packed inner rosette with five narrow, widely separated outer segments; discovered in 1911 by James Hill Poe at his home in County Tipperary, Ireland, it was first offered for sale in 1964 by the Giant Snowdrop Company.

$45 (1 plant per pot, 17 available)  Sold out


Galanthus Hippolyta

‘Hippolyta’ (Greatorex Hybrid Double Snowdrop): This is a beautiful and elegant double snowdrop originated along with ‘Cordelia’ and ‘Ophelia’ by Heyrick Greatorex.  ‘Hippolyta’ is the easiest Greatorex double to identify with very neat rounded flowers and cupped outer segments that flare away from the tightly compact inner rosette, a charming combination; number 20 on UK Popularity List.

$35 (1 plant per pot, 12 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'

‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (Hybrid Double Snowdrop): A very dignified double snowdrop with an elegant tightly packed inner rosette and a distinctive mark split into two dots; grown by Lady Beatrix Stanley (1877-1944) at Sibbertoft Manor in Northhamptonshire, England, and named for her in 1981 by Richard Nutt, a prominent British snowdrop expert; RHS AGM, number 13 on UK Popularity List.

$39 (1 plant per pot, 10 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Lapwing'

New ‘Lapwing’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): the many descriptions of this snowdrop as charming, beloved, excellent, and distinct enticed me to add it to my own collection; it is early-blooming and has a very unusual mark, looking to me like old-fashioned garden shears but often described as an X; praised for increasing steadily in a wide range of conditions; found by Phil Cornish in 1997 near the village of Lapworth, Warwickshire, and his personal favorite of the over 30 he has discovered.

$64 (1 plant per pot, 12 available)  Sold Out



‘Magnet’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): The descriptions of ‘Magnet’, my favorite classic snowdrop, are a joy to read, and I can see why after having it in my garden. The stems of the large, sweetly scented flowers are long and thin causing them to sway in the slightest breeze and setting ‘Magnet’ apart from all other snowdrops (no magnifying glass needed). Selected in the 1880s, it may have been named ‘Magnet’ after the child’s fishing game with magnets and sticks. Snowdrops says it defines garden-worthiness and is a mainstay of snowdrop collections throughout the world; RHS AGM, number two on UK Popularity List.

$21 (1 plant per pot)  4 left


G. nivalis ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (Common Snowdrop): white flowers with green-tipped inner segments and narrow leaves with a gray center stripe; the easiest snowdrop to grow, it multiplies rapidly and produces the most blooms, this form is naturalized throughout Carolyn’s Shade Gardens; cultivated as an ornamental plant since the 16th century; RHS AGM, number 22 on UK Popularity List

$15 (5 plants per pot)


Galanthus nivalis 'Blewbury Tart' at Carolyn's Shade Gardens  

G. nivalis ‘Blewbury Tart’ (Double Common Snowdrop): outstanding and distinctive outward-facing double snowdrop with three narrow outer segments clasping the inner dark green tart-like rosette; discovered by well known British horticulturist Alan Street in Blewbury, Oxfordshire; my stock came from the old Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, WA; number 25 on UK Popularity List.

$39 (1 plant per pot, 15 available)  3 left


Galanthus nivalis 'Blonde Inge'

New G. nivalis ‘Blonde Inge’ (Yellow Common Snowdrop): this is the first snowdrop to have yellow markings on its inner segments while the ovary remains green; found by Nicholas Topp in 1977 in a cemetery near Cologne, Germany, and introduced to the UK in 1993; vigorous snowdrop that grows rapidly to form an impressive clump; mine emerge green and turn yellow; the name comes from the lyrics of a German foxtrot.

$59 (1 plant per pot, 18 available)  Sold Out


G. nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (Double Common Snowdrop): lovely double white flowers with green ruffled centers; very vigorous snowdrop tolerant of many different growing conditions; probably the oldest snowdrop cultivar in existence with records as early as 1703; RHS AGM

$15 (1 plant per pot)  Sold Out


Galanthus nivalis 'Lady Elphinstone' Cadwalader

G. nivalis ‘Lady Elphinstone’ (Double Yellow Common Snowdrop): The only available double yellow snowdrop, originally found in Cheshire, England, in the 1890s by Sir Graeme Elphinstone and named for his daughter.   Caveat:  When presenting well, this snowdrop is absolutely breathtaking.  However, it can bloom green instead of yellow.  This happens when the plant is moved so the flowers on the plants you receive may be green but should eventually return to yellow.  If you want a sure thing, this is not the snowdrop for you.

$49 (1 plant per pot, 20 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus nivalis 'Tiny'

New G. nivalis ‘Tiny Tim’ (Dwarf Common Snowdrop): a diminutive form of G. nivalis treasured by U.K. galanthophiles.  The narrow leaves and smaller stature are quite charming in a clump, which builds up quickly with this vigorous cultivar.  ‘Tiny Tim’ flowers later than most snowdrops further extending the spring snowdrop season.

$29 (1 plant per pot, 15 available)  Sold Out



G. nivalis ‘Viridapice’ (Green-tipped Common Snowdrop): white flowers easily distinguished by the strikingly prominent green tips on the outer segments as well as the inner ones, bold and vigorous; originally discovered near a farmhouse in northern Holland prior to 1922; this superior form of ‘Viridapice’ was acquired from the old Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, WA.

$21 (1 plant per pot, 20 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Ophelia'

‘Ophelia’ (Greatorex Hybrid Double Snowdrop): ‘Ophelia’ is my favorite and the best known snowdrop in the series of doubles created by Heyrick Greatorex; vigorous and early with rounded, tightly double flowers and a very prominent, broad, dark green u-shaped marking at the base of the inner segments; often produces a second flower stem, making it quite long-blooming.

$35 (1 plant per pot, 10 more available)  1 left


Galanthus Diggory

G. plicatus ‘Diggory’ (Crimean Snowdrop Cultivar): Though rare, this is a snowdrop I would recognize anywhere for its squared-off pear-shaped flowers, heavily quilted texture, and large green inner mark visible even when the flower is closed; ‘Diggory’s unique look is further enhanced by the pleated leaves characteristic of a Crimean snowdrop, G. plicatus; found in 1993 in a naturalized population of Crimean snowdrops in Norfolk, England; number 4 on UK Popularity List.

$89 (1 plant per pot, 10 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Trymlet' plicatus

New G. plicatus ‘Trymlet’ (Crimean Snowdrop Cultivar): A seedling of ‘Trym’ but much easier to grow, ‘Trymlet’ was selected in 1995 and named by Sue and Wol Staines of Glen Chantry nursery; the inner and outer markings are a beautiful pale green and the pagoda-shaped flower is not as flared as its parent; thanks to John Lonsdale at Edgewood Gardens for the photo.

$89 (1 plant per pot, 12 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'

New G. ‘Primrose Warburg’ (Yellow Hybrid Snowdrop): one of the most beautiful yellow snowdrops with intense yellow markings on the inner segment and ovary (the “cap” above the petal-like segments), much coveted by collectors; originated at South Hayes, the garden of the famous British collector Primrose Warburg, and chosen by her fellow galanthophiles after her death in 1996 as the most suitable snowdrop to bear her name.

$75 (1 plant per pot, 20 available)  Sold Out



‘S. Arnott’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): large rounded, sweetly scented flowers with a heart-shaped green marking on the tip of the inner segment; the authors of Snowdrops describe ‘S. Arnott’ as the “classic snowdrop….a first-class garden plant with an unquestionable constitution, admired by everyone,” a must have for snowdrop collections; considered the “desert island snowdrop”—the snowdrop that collectors would choose if they were limited to one and named for an early galanthophile, Samuel Arnott (1852-1930); RHS AGM, number one on UK Popularity List.

$21 (1 plant per pot)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Straffan' by Jonathan Shaw

G. ‘Straffan’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): The third oldest snowdrop cultivar still in existence, discovered in the later 1800s by the gardener for Straffan House in County Kildare, Ireland, in a clump of G. plicatus brought back from the Crimean War by the fourth Baron Clarina—now that’s a snowdrop with a pedigree.  Revered for its indestructibility and garden-worthiness, the legendary E.A. Bowles called it “the most beautiful of all forms.”  Late flowering and reliably produces a second flower stem as the first is fading.  RHS AGM; number 21 on UK popularity list.

$25 (1 plant per pot, 20 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Trumps'

‘Trumps’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): A stunning and substantial snowdrop with bright green splashes on the outer segments and an inner heart-shaped mark; treasured for its early bloom time, easy multiplication, and the unique look produced when its outer segments expand horizontally; found by Snowdrops author Matt Bishop in 1999.

$75 (1 plant per pot, 12 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus 'Wasp'

New ‘Wasp’ (Hybrid Snowdrop): this charming and unique snowdrop caused a sensation when it was first introduced in the late 1990s; the name is quite apt as the very long and narrow outer segments stick out at an angle like wings and the striped, tubular inner segments are said to resemble a thorax—‘Wasp’ flies around on its long flower stem in the slightest breeze completing the insect-like effect; discovered by British snowdrop enthusiast Veronica Cross at Sutton Court.

$68 (1 plant per pot, 9 available)  Sold Out



‘White Dream’ (aka G. nivalis ‘White Dream’): Beautiful white flowers complimented by a pronounced white stripe on the leaves; similar to G. nivalis but later blooming with more prominent flowers and more striking leaves; vigorous, multiplies rapidly.

$17 (1 plant per pot, 10 available)  Sold Out


Galanthus woronowii

G. woronowii ex Carolyns Shade Gardens (Species Snowdrop): late-flowering white blooms with green markings on the inner segments; much prized in the UK for its glossy green leaves that sparkle in the garden; naturalizes easily; native to Georgia, Russia, and Turkey and cultivated for more than 130 years; named for Russian botanist Georg Jurii Woronow (1874-1931); RHS AGM

$17 (1 plant per pot, 10 available)  5 left



Leucojum vernum var. carpaticum (Yellow-tipped Spring Snowflake):  The only way to introduce the rarely available spring snowflake into your garden successfully is as a growing plant—all my attempts with dried bulbs have failed—so I am excited that Charles Cresson is making this wonderful relative of the snowdrop available in the green.  Spring snowflake’s six petals are of equal length, forming a nodding white bell that is quite beautiful set off by the bright green strap-like leaves. It blooms in March and April and grows to 10 to 12″ tall in the shade in average to moist soil, even thriving in clay. It naturalizes readily in shady woodland conditions and on the March bank at Winterthur. The variety carpaticum available here has rare bright yellow tips.

$40 (1 plant per pot, 10 available)  Sold Out



Leucojum vernum ‘Gertrude Wister’ (Semi-double Spring Snowflake):  ‘Gertrude Wister’  is so unique because spring snowflakes normally have 6 petals, while this form averages 12 or more suggesting that two flowers have fused together to form one large and attractive, semi-double flower. Discovered by well known bulb authority Gertrude Wister in the 1960s in her garden on the Swarthmore College campus, she gave it to Charles Cresson who named it after her.  Registered with the Dutch bulb authority in 2004, and introduced for sale in 2014 by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens.

$80 (1 plant per pot, 10 available)  Sold Out


Instructions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.



(Not Available Mail Order)


Arum italicum ‘Pictum’ (Italian Arum): Italian arum has very distinct and extensive silver markings covering the narrow, arrow-shaped bright green leaves from early fall through late spring–yes, it’s gorgeous all winter (left photo in November, right photo with snowdrops in March); although the leaves disappear in the summer, it produces a cream colored spathe like a jack-in-the-pulpit followed by an attractive cluster of red berries.

$12 (2 plants per pot)  Sold out



New Crocus tommasinianus (Snow Crocus): late winter-blooming companion for snowdrops and hellebores, striking purple flowers with orange anthers; unusual, vigorous, and rodent resistant; the straight species multiplies much faster in my garden than the cultivars.

$12 (10 plants per pot)  Sold Out



Cyclamen hederifolium (Fall-blooming Hardy Cyclamen): the easiest hardy cyclamen to grow in any well-drained, part to full shade location; pink blooms in fall; excellent companion for fall-blooming snowdrops; I grow it equally for its gorgeous, groundcovering, silver veined foliage from September through June; for more information, click here.

$10 (one plant in 2 1/2″ pot)



Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite): very early blooming member of the buttercup family whose bright yellow flowers light up the winter landscape, very cold tolerant and excellent companion for snowdrops, difficult to start from dried bulbs but easy from plants in the green, once established it began naturalizing in my woodland, rarely sold as a growing plant.

$15 (blooming clump in 4″ pot)


Leucojum aestivum, Stylophorum diphyllum 4-26-2015 6-43-58 PM

New Leucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake): in late April, “summer” snowflake produces upright, 18 to 24″ flower stalks, sporting many nodding white flowers with green tips like snowdrops on steroids; great cut flower alternative to daffodils, tolerates wet sites.

$12 (3 plants per pot)  Sold out



Scilla mischtschenkoana (Tubergen Squill): 6-8″, starry pale blue flowers with an elegant, darker blue center stripe in late winter, beautifully backed by shiny bright green leaves; multiplies rapidly to form a large clump; great companion for hellebores too.

$12 (5 plants per pot)  Sold Out



New Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill): 4-8”, nodding, startlingly intense blue flowers in very early spring; great companion for later snowdrops and hellebores.

$12 (10 plants per pot)  Sold Out


Instructions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

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