2018 Snowdrop Catalogue

All the snowdrops listed in the 2018 catalogue are sold out.  The catalogue remains for informational purposes only.  If you would like to receive advanced notification of the 2019 Snowdrop Catalogue, please send your full name and cell number for back up use only to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com, indicating whether you are local or mail order only.


2018 Snowdrop Collage 3 12-27-2017 2-27-25 PMClockwise from upper left: ‘Robin Hood’, ‘Greenish’, Galanthus nivalis, ‘Magnet’, ‘Straffan’, ‘Ophelia’, Galanthus woronowii

2018 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.  Prices are for one plant per pot unless indicated, and quantities are very limitedBefore ordering, please check availability in the on line catalogue, which will be adjusted regularly to indicate current numbers if there are less than ten left.

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

To Order for Pick Up: Please send an email to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com 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 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 carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com 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 ready 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.

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 hereLook for my cover article on snowdrops in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Fine Gardening magazine. 

Much of the historical 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).

For additional information and more photographs of the 12 new snowdrops offered below,  read my blog posts by clicking here and here.

RHS AGM signifies a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, given to only 19 snowdrops out of the over 2,000 in cultivation.

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

Photos appear above the descriptions.

Galanthus 'Ailwyn'‘Ailwyn’ (double snowdrop): the RHS recognized the perfection of  this early flowering, very regular double snowdrop with its coveted Award of Garden Merit in 2016; as the photo shows, the outer segments spread out to reveal the lovely inner mark, which can be variable; found in 1994 at Anglesey Abbey by snowdrop expert Richard Nutt and named for Ailwyn Broughton, Lord Fairhaven;   RHS AGM;   $45
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.‘Angelique’ (poculiform snowdrop, G. nivalis): the uniform length of all 6 petals and its near albino white coloring make ‘Angelique’ a very distinct and elegant snowdrop; there are two tiny, pale green dots on the inner segments;  found in a French garden and introduced by Mark Brown in 1999;    $55     Sold Out

‘Bertram Anderson’ (classic single snowdrop): its thick-textured, well-rounded flowers on tall stems earned it a coveted RHS Award along with only 18 other snowdrops;  Snowdrops calls it “one of the most impressive large snowdrops”; selected in 1971 from the garden of famous British horticulturist E.B. Anderson as a snowdrop special enough to bear his name; RHS AGM;   $39    Sold Out

. ‘Blewbury Tart’ (unique double snowdrop, G. nivalis): 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; #25 on UK Popularity List;     $25    Sold Out
.Galanthus nivalis 'Blonde Inge'

‘Blonde Inge’ (yellow snowdrop, G. nivalis): this is the first snowdrop to have yellow markings on its inner segments while the ovary (the cap above the petal-like segments) remains green—a very beautiful combination; 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 with sunlight; the name comes from the lyrics of a German foxtrot;   $45   Sold Out

.‘Colossus’ (classic single snowdrop, G. plicatus): planted for its large flowers, tall stature, ornamental leaves, and robust growth; early blooming, sometimes by Christmas in my garden (left photo above 12/23/15); selected in 1992 by Lady Carolyn Elwes at Colesbourne Park (right photo above), which is the source of my stock; #14 on UK Popularity List;   $39   Sold Out
.Galanthus Diggory

‘Diggory’ (unique single snowdrop, G. plicatus): 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; #4 on UK Popularity List;   $69    Sold Out

G. elwesii ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (species snowdrop): early-blooming, beautifully scented, large white flowers with the inner segments (petals) boldly marked with green in a variety of configurations and broad, blue-gray leaves; multiplies well, tolerates hotter and drier locations; naturalized throughout Winterthur; named for Victorian plant collector Henry John Elwes (1846-1922); stock from my own naturalized plantings; RHS AGM   $18   Sold Out


‘Flore Pleno’ ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (double snowdrop, G. nivalis): lovely double white flowers with green ruffled centers; very vigorous snowdrop tolerant of many different growing conditions; oldest snowdrop cultivar in existence with records as early as 1703; stock from my own naturalized plantings;  RHS AGM;   $15    Sold Out

‘Fly Fishing’ (unique single snowdrop, G. elwesii): I can’t think of a snowdrop I enjoy more or one that is more aptly named—the upright scape casts the large and elegant flower out into the breeze on its extra long pedicel attracting wandering galanthophiles like trout; early flowering, sometimes by Christmas (photo 12/27/15), mine often has green tips; easy to establish and multiplies rapidly; discovered by Alan Street only ten years ago at Avon Bulbs;   $59    Sold Out
.‘Galatea’ (classic single 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.   $25     Sold Out
.Galanthus Greenish Street 1-5-2018 9-02-052‘Greenish’ (rare virescent or green-shaded snowdrop, G. nivalis): delicate green shading on the outer segments and the dark green mark fading to pale green on the inner segments make for an unusual and elegant snowdrop;  the very upright flowers displayed beautifully by the nearly horizontal leaves add to the allure; unlike many other virescent snowdrops, it is vigorous and easy to grow; found in 1963 by a German collector in a village near Vienna, Austria   $45    Sold Out


Galanthus 'Hill Poe'‘Hill Poe’ (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;   $35   Sold Out

‘Hippolyta’ (double snowdrop): This is a beautiful and elegant double snowdrop originated along with ‘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; our stock comes from Colesbourne Park where the photo was taken; #20 on UK Popularity List;   $25    Sold Out


Galanthus 'Jessica'

‘Jessica’ (green-tipped snowdrop, G. elwesii): When I was fortunate enough to view hundreds of blooming snowdrops in a collector’s greenhouse, ‘Jessica’ was in 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;   $49   Sold Out

‘Jonathan’ (rare single snowdrop, G. elwesii): with extra large, globular flowers and broad blue leaves, ‘Jonathan’ captured the attention of visitors to the 2017 RHS Spring Show where this photo was taken;   faint green tips on the outer segments and a handsome two-part mark on the inners, similar to ‘Grumpy’ but more attractive overall; found in 2000 in a North Yorkshire garden by snowdrop author Michael Myers;   $71     Sold Out

Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley'‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (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, #13 on UK Popularity List;   $29   Sold Out

Galanthus nivalis 'Lady Elphinstone' Cadwalader

‘Lady Elphinstone’ (double yellow snowdrop, G. nivalis): 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.   $39    Sold Out
. ‘Madelaine’ (yellow snowdrop, G. plicatus): a Crimean snowdrop similar in vigor and looks to ‘Wendy’s Gold’; in my garden, it reproduces nicely and the flower is an especially ethereal yellow that glows in the late winter sunlight; introduced in 2002 by Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery in Cambridge;   $75    Sold Out
.‘Magnet’ (classic single 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, #2 on UK Popularity List    $25    Sold Out


‘Mrs. Macnamara’ (classic single snowdrop, G. elwesii): an early-flowering giant snowdrop combining all the fine characteristics of a classic snowdrop, frequently mentioned as a favorite and is a prominent part of every important collection in England (photo above at Rodmarton Manor); well-proportioned flowers on upright stems, vigorous; selected by Dylan Thomas’s mother-in-law, Mrs. Macnamara; #6 on UK Popularity List;   $39   Sold Out

G. nivalis ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (species 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; cultivated as an ornamental plant since the 16th century; stock is progeny of the vigorous strain that has thrived on my property for over 100 years; RHS AGM, #22 on UK Popularity List;   $15   5 plants per pot   Sold Out

Galanthus 'Ophelia' ‘Ophelia’ (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    $25    Sold Out

.Galanthus 'Potter's Prelude'‘Potter’s Prelude’ (fall-blooming snowdrop, G. elwesii var. monostictus): 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    Sold Out

Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'‘Primrose Warburg’ (yellow 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; more vigorous in my garden than very similar ‘Spindlestone Surprise’   $75    Sold Out
.Galanthus Robin Hood‘Robin Hood’ (classic single snowdrop): A much beloved snowdrop, first mentioned by James Allen in 1891, it is tall and upright with a very unique inner marking that has been described as crossed sabres; Snowdrops praises its “beautifully shaped, sparkling flowers…[with] a distinctive poise”; vigorous in my garden; #18 on UK popularity list;   $45    Sold Out


‘S. Arnott’ (classic single snowdrop): large rounded, sweetly scented flowers with a heart-shaped green marking; Snowdrops describes ‘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); our stock comes from Colesbourne Park and is considered their “flagship snowdrop”; RHS AGM, #1 on UK Popularity List;   $19    Sold Out

. ‘South Hayes’ (unique single snowdrop): one of the most beautiful and sought after snowdrops for its distinctive pagoda-like shape and very unusual dark green markings, both inside and out; first seen in 1992 in famous galanthophile Primrose Warburg’s garden of the same name and probably a seedling of ‘Trym’; #11 on UK Popularity List;   $95     Sold Out

.‘Standing Tall’ (Christmas-blooming snowdrop, G. elwesii): After 25 years of evaluation, Charles Cresson introduced this outstanding selection from G. elwesii and named it ‘Standing Tall’ to reflect its amazing 12” height, very upright habit, and commanding presence in the garden. But it gets even better, the very large flowers bloom right before Christmas and into January, a downtime for snowdrops, and it stands up to whatever the season brings, lying down in very cold weather and popping right back up as if nothing had happened   $69     Sold Out

.Galanthus 'Straffan' by Jonathan Shaw‘Straffan’ (classic single 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, making it very long-blooming;  RHS AGM; #21 on UK popularity list;   $25    Sold Out


‘Viridapice’ (green-tipped snowdrop, G. nivalis): 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; our superior form of ‘Viridapice’ was acquired from the old Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, WA    $25    Sold Out


‘Walrus’ (unique double snowdrop, G. nivalis): Snowdrops calls ‘Walrus’ “one of the greatest eccentrics of the snowdrop world”, but despite this it is a very regularly formed double; its ‘tusks’ are the three long, linear, green outer segments, which surround a lovely rosette whose segments curve outward to look like a green rose; selected by noted galanthophile Oliver Wyatt at Maidwell Hall in Northamptonshire, England; #12 on UK Popularity List;   $55   Sold Out

. ‘Welshway’ (double snowdrop): neat, rounded, double flower with narrow and gracefully curved outer segments, which give a clear view of the lovely inner marks; inner segments are ruffled, distinguishing it from the very similar double ‘Heffalump’; late flowering with an elegant shape; found in 1995 in a Gloucestershire garden called Welshway after the ancient route to Wales;   $35
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.‘Wendy’s Gold’ (yellow snowdrop, G. plicatus): This superb and vigorous snowdrop with large and vivid yellow markings is one of the most sought after cultivars. The beautiful wide pleated leaves with folded margins make a lovely backdrop for the striking flowers. Discovered in 1974 by Bill Clark, Warden of the UK National Trust property Wandlebury Ring near Cambridge, and named for his wife. RHS AGM, #5 on UK Popularity List;   $79    Sold Out
.Galanthus woronowiiG. woronowii ex Carolyn’s 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; increases well, plants from my own naturalized stock; 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    Sold Out

Instructions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.



(Not Available Mail Order)

arum-italicum-11-21-2016-3-44-16-pmArum 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  (no mail order)

.crocus-tommasinianus-3-9-2013-4-31-35-pmCrocus 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, no mail order)


Cyclamen coum (Winter-blooming Hardy Cyclamen):  extremely hardy popular species producing bright pink cyclamen blooms in late winter, often flowering through the snow; wonderful companion for snowdrops; requires a dry site with excellent drainage, thrives between rocks or tree roots    $12 (one plant in 2 1/2″ pot, no mail order)

. 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, ground-covering, silver veined foliage from September through June; for more information, click here    $12 (one plant in 2 1/2″ pot, no mail order)


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, no mail order)


Leucojum aestivum, Stylophorum diphyllum 4-26-2015 6-43-58 PMLeucojum 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, no mail order)
.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    $12 (5 plants per pot, no mail order)



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, no mail order) 


Instructions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

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