2021 Snowdrop Catalogue

All snowdrops in the 2021 Snowdrop Catalogue are sold out.  If you wish to receive an email announcing the 2022 catalogue, which will be posted in December 2021, please email your full name, mailing address, and cell number (for back up use only) to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com.  We will not be able to add you without this information.

.  Clockwise from upper left: ‘Beth Chatto’, ‘Sarah Dumont’, ‘Trympostor’, ‘Moortown Mighty’, G. nivalis subsp. poculiformis, ‘Bill Clark’

2021 Snowdrop Catalogue: Calling all Galanthophiles

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

Carolyn’s Shade Garden’s has been selling snowdrops since 1992, transferring our passion for this fascinating plant to more customers through out the US every year. We sell our snowdrops in the late winter as growing plants because that is the best way to insure vigorous and healthy snowdrops in our climate. You will also be able to identify and enjoy the flowers immediately as they will be mature and, with a few exceptions, blooming when you receive them.

Due to the pandemic, all snowdrops are mail order only: there will be no option for picking up at the nursery.  Prices are for one plant unless indicated, and quantities are limitedBefore ordering, please check this on line catalogue, which will be updated regularly to indicate current availability, to make sure the snowdrop you want isn’t marked sold out.

To Order for Mail Order:   Please read all the directions carefully.  Our minimum order is $70 and a $16 charge will be added for packing and shipping your plants USPS Priority Mail.  Please send an email to carolyn@carolynsshadegardens.com (click on the email address or copy and paste it into an email) and include the plant names, quantities, your name, cell number, and mailing address.  Supplies are limited so order early.

Within 48 hours, you will receive an email confirming your order and amount owed to be paid by check.  If you do not receive a confirmation, we did not receive your order.  Another email in late February or early March will let you know when the plants are ready for shipment.    Snowdrops will be shipped with all soil removed and can be planted in your garden immediately or potted up and stored in a well lit, cool (but not freezing) location until planted.  Please note that some customers in much colder locations like northern New England and the upper Midwest may receive their snowdrops before they are ready to plant them outside.  We offer no guarantee other than that each plant is true to name and healthy when it leaves here.

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Cultural Information:  Common snowdrops, Galanthus nivalis, are naturalized throughout our garden, and we still can’t have enough. The wonderfully honey-scented, white flowers appear by the thousands from February through March and are our personal signal that winter is ending. By adding more unusual varieties, we have extended our 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. Plant them about 3″ deep and 3 to 6″ apart.  All varieties offered do well in the Delaware Valley, zones 6 and 7; gardeners outside that area should do their own research into hardiness.

Carolyn’s Snowdrop Articles: Snowdrops are desirable plants for three reasons: their early 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 about snowdrops, and you can find links to most of them by clicking hereRead my cover article on snowdrops in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Fine Gardening magazine by clicking here

Reference Books:  The comprehensive snowdrop encyclopedia A Gardener’s Guide to Snowdrops: Second Edition by Freda Cox (Crowood Press 2019) contains descriptions of every snowdrop on our list. The descriptive information below comes from many sources, including the Cox encyclopedia already mentioned, A Plant Lover’s Guide to Snowdrops by Naomi Slade (Timber Press 2014); The Galanthophiles: 160 Years of Snowdrop Devotees by Jane Kilpatrick and Jennifer Harmer (Orphans Publishing 2018); and Snowdrops: A Monograph of Cultivated Galanthus by Matt Bishop, Aaron Davis, and John Grimshaw (Timber Press 2006, sadly out-of-print, referred to below as Snowdrops).

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RHS AGM signifies a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit, given to only 28 snowdrops out of the over 2,500 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.

For more information about and photos of some of the snowdrops offered below, click here and here.

Photos appear above the descriptions.

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These snowdrops are sold out:

‘Art Nouveau’ (green-tipped snowdrop, G. nivalis): confronted recently with hundreds of varieties of snowdrops, all in bloom, I gravitated immediately to the captivating elegance of ‘Art Nouveau’; an artistically curved spathe, like a shepherd’s crook, tops the long, slender flower with bold markings inside and out; the outer segments are pointed and splashed with pale green, while the inner segments are almost as long as the outers and sport a darker green, heart-shaped mark; given to Avon Bulbs by a famous garden in Normandy, France;  $59   Sold Out


‘Bagpuize Virginia’ (double snowdrop, G. nivalis): lovely and well-formed double flowers; according to international snowdrop expert Alan Street, it is a vigorous grower with very large flowers for a G. nivalis; found in the garden of Kingston Bagpuize House in Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire, and named in 2000 for the owner Virginia Grant; for more photos, click here; $49   Sold Out

.‘Ballerina’ (double snowdrop): An outstanding and easy-to-grow double snowdrop, I consider it the most beautiful of all doubles—the inner segments are so neat and full and plentiful that they resemble an elegant, green-painted, ballerina’s tutu; proudly displayed to us by Phil Cornish as one of his favorite discoveries when we visited his Gloucestershire garden in 2017;  selected by him in 1991 and first listed in 2001;  $69   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 27 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


‘Beth Chatto’ (rare single snowdrop, G. plicatus subsp. byzantinus): A very rare snowdrop discovered in the 1960s at Beth Chatto Gardens, the nursery and gardens of famous English plantswoman Beth Chatto, and named for her at the suggestion of Graham Stuart Thomas; considered a superior example of its subspecies, this lovely, late-flowering cultivar has long arching outer segments and a bold inner marking with a basal blotch narrowly joined to an apical round-armed V; bulks up to an outstanding display of large, globular flowers over the almost prostrate leaves;  there is concern in England that the true ‘Beth Chatto’ snowdrop is lost, and many photos are clearly not the right plant, however, Beth Chatto Gardens has confirmed that this is the right snowdrop; it’s provenance is as follows:  Charles Cresson acquired his stock from John Elsley, former horticulturist for Wayside Gardens, who got it directly from Beth Chatto;  $110   Sold Out


‘Bill Clark’ (yellow snowdrop, G. plicatus): the brightest yellow snowdrop in my collection with the color extending into the spathe and flower stem; this superb snowdrop with large and vivid yellow markings is one of the most sought after yellow cultivars; beautiful wide pleated leaves with folded margins make a lovely backdrop for the striking flowers; introduced by Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery and named after Bill Clark, Warden of the UK National Trust property Wandlebury Ring near Cambridge, this seedling of ‘Wendy’s Gold’ was originally discovered by Clark in his own garden;   $75  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; multiplies rapidly; another amazing discovery by our friend Alan Street in Blewbury, Oxfordshire; our stock came from the old Heronswood Nursery in Kingston, WA; #25 on UK Popularity List;  $23  Sold Out


‘Brenda Troyle’ (classic single snowdrop): When Charles Cresson gives winter garden tours, ‘Brenda Troyle’ is always one of the most complimented snowdrops; attendees admire the well-proportioned, rounded flowers with very large, flared and cupped outer segments; ‘Brenda Troyle’ is also renowned for its strong fragrance of honey and its garden vigor; #24 on UK Popularity List;   $29   Sold Out


‘Fieldgate Prelude’ (unique single snowdrop): early-blooming snowdrops really make a statement, and the slender, well-formed flowers, large, dark green ovary, and striking pale green and dark green inner mark on this snowdrop are a standout early in the season; vigorous and easy-to-grow; selected by snowdrop expert Colin Mason in Warwickshire from ‘Mrs. Macnamara’ seedlings;  $39  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 our own naturalized plantings;  RHS AGM;   $15   Sold Out

.G. gracilis “Avon’s best form” (species snowdrop):  this graceful and unusual species snowdrop is characterized by flared inner segments revealing its delicate markings and slender gray-green leaves often twisted to present an eye-catching corkscrew-like appearance; this is a superior form selected by Avon Bulbs, the renowned English bulb seller, for its perfect proportions—it certainly caught my eye in the Avon display at the 2017 RHS spring show; Snowdrops calls this species “among the finest snowdrops for the garden”;  native to Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and the Ukraine, it was named in 1891 by the Czech botanist L.J. Celakovsky; #17 on UK Popularity List;  $49   Sold Out


‘Green Arrow’ (virescent or green-shaded snowdrop):  a late-blooming, tall and upright snowdrop with striking, bright green-tipped outer segments and delicate dark emerald green shading on the inner segments, gradually lightening towards the base; very distinct and vigorous in our garden with a habit and coloration that makes it quite unique; found before 2000 by Sally Pasmore in her garden at Honeysuckle Cottage, Limington, Somerset; $49   Sold Out


‘Hippolyta’ (double snowdrop): a beautiful and elegant double snowdrop hybridized, 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 does not originate from dried bulbs, which I find often do not recover from that process and, with a few exceptions, fail to thrive; #20 on UK Popularity List;   $25   Sold Out


‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (double snowdrop): a very dignified and vigorous 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 British snowdrop expert Richard Nutt; RHS AGM; #13 on UK Popularity List;   $29   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;    $23   Sold Out


‘Moortown Mighty’ (unique single snowdrop):  this snowdrop went to the top of my “must have” list after I saw it displayed at the 2017 RHS show in London, and it has done well in my garden; huge, very showy flowers with curved and thickly textured outer segments open widely to display the green stained inner segments—can produce two flower scapes per bulb; beautiful, ridged, blue-green leaves show its G. plicatus heritage; discovered in 2007 by French horticulturist Mark Brown in David Bromley’s  garden in Moortown, Shropshire; $63   Sold Out


‘Natalie Garton’ (semi-double snowdrop, G. elwesii): strong grower in our garden with large, round, and substantial flowers with thick petals and a prominent, heart-shaped inner marking;  extra inner segments make ‘Natalie Garton’ a semi double and add to the excitement when the many blooms appear in late winter; named for the Oxfordshire gardener who discovered it prior to 1996;  $35   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; our stock is the progeny of the vigorous strain that has thrived on our property for over 100 years; RHS AGM; #22 on UK Popularity List;   $15 for 5 plants   Sold Out

G. nivalis subsp. poculiformis (poculiform snowdrop):  all six segments of this snowdrop are outer segments roughly the same length, i.e., poculiform, and pure white—a stunning effect; many forms of this elegant configuration have been found over the years, the original was discovered by Head Gardener David Melville at Dunrobin Castle in Scotland and named in 1880 by Reverend Harpur-Crewe; $53 one per customer   Sold Out


‘One Drop or Two?’ (rare twin-flowered snowdrop):  when choosing snowdrops for my collection, I seek out unique and eye-catching cultivars, e.g., extra large, yellow, poculiform, and, of the many traits a snowdrop can have, twin flowers (two flowers and pedicels on the end of each scape) are very rare; this charming snowdrop with its whimsical name does just that once it has settled in; discovered around 2005 in a remote corner of Berkshire, England, by snowdrop hunter Alan Street who also bestowed the clever name; $55 one per customer   Sold Out


Galanthus 'Ophelia' ‘Ophelia’ (double snowdrop): ‘Ophelia’ is my favorite and the best known snowdrop in the series of doubles selected 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;    $23  Sold Out

.G. plicatus subsp. byzantinus (species snowdrop):  lovely, plump, prominently marked flowers and beautiful, wide, pleated leaves make this a must-have addition to any collection;  occurs naturally in a very small part of northwestern Turkey and is distinguished from subsp. plicatus by having two marks on its inner segments instead of one; the plants being sold descend directly from bulbs purchased from Barr & Sons (1882-1956) in Covent Garden, London, by Henry Francis du Pont in the 1930s for his gardens at Winterthur; RHS AGM;   $49  Sold Out

.‘Pom Pom’ (double snowdrop, G. nivalis): a wonderful, neat double with multiple rows of perfect inner segments resembling a tiny double green camellia; found in a remote churchyard in Berkshire, England, by renowned snowdrop expert Alan Street;    $33   Sold Out

.Galanthus 'Potter's Prelude'‘Potter’s Prelude’ (fall-blooming snowdrop, G. elwesii var. monostictus): 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; a rare American snowdrop, selected in the 1960s by Jack Potter, former Curator of the Scott Arboretum, registered in 2004 by Charles Cresson, and introduced by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens in 2010;  $55   Sold Out  
.‘Sarah Dumont’ (yellow snowdrop, G. plicatus):  gorgeous snowdrop with golden yellow pedicel (flower stem), ovary, and inner segment mark and a beautiful rounded shape; it has been described as a superb form, vigorous and prolific—on his blog John Grimshaw calls it “a fabulous yellow”; all yellows can be greenish without sun, but I never find this to be true in the sunny mid-Atlantic!; found in a Scottish woodland in a patch of naturalized G. plicatus and named by Joe Sharman of Monksilver Nursery for a longtime employee; thanks to our friend Julian Wormald in Wales for lending us his beautiful photo, check out his blog here;  $75 one per customer  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); RHS AGM, #1 on UK Popularity List;   $25   Sold Out

.‘Scharlockii’ (green-tipped snowdrop, G. nivalis): a charming and vigorous snowdrop with green tips on its outer segments; notable for the “rabbit ears” (see photo) formed when its spathe (flower bud covering) splits into two prominently upright, leaf-like halves after releasing the flower; discovered in 1818 by Herr Julius Scharlock in Grandenz, Germany, and named in 1868;  $23   Sold Out

.‘Spindlestone Surprise’ (yellow snowdrop): a large and elegant, pure yellow snowdrop apparently a cross between the yellow-marked G. nivalis (Sandersii Group) and G. plicatus; discovered in the woodland garden of Spindlestone in Northumberland, England, it was first exhibited in 1997 and offered for sale in 2000; in his book, Gunter Waldorf calls it “one of the most beautiful yellow snowdrops”;  RHS AGM;   $69  Sold Out


‘Sprite’ (green-shaded snowdrop):  I am always looking for unusual snowdrops to add to my collection, and ‘Sprite’ always stands out when I see it in English gardens; broad, round, bluntly pointed outer segments are painted with five or six distinct green lines with slight shading in between—a beautiful effect; a wide, green band covers 2/3 of the inner segment; introduced in 2007 by the discerning horticulturist Alan Street at Avon Bulbs;  $45  Sold Out

.‘Standing Tall’ (Christmas-blooming snowdrop, G. elwesii): After 25 years of evaluation, Charles Cresson selected this outstanding American G. elwesii cultivar and named it ‘Standing Tall’ to reflect its height, which can reach 12″, very upright habit, and commanding presence in the garden. But it gets even better, the 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; introduced by Carolyn’s Shade Gardens in 2013;  $69   Sold Out


‘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”;  later flowering and reliably produces a second flower stem as the first is fading, making it very long-blooming—the favorite snowdrop of honeybees (see photo) in our garden;  RHS AGM; #21 on UK popularity list;   $29   Sold Out

.‘Tiny’ (dwarf snowdrop, G. nivalis): a form of G. nivalis treasured by U.K. galanthophiles; the narrow leaves and elfin stature are quite charming in a clump, which builds up quickly with this vigorous cultivar;  ‘Tiny’ flowers later than most snowdrops further extending the spring snowdrop season;  $23   Sold Out

.  ‘Trumps’ (inverse poculiform 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 in the garden of John Morley, North Green Snowdrops, in Beccles, Suffolk; RHS AGM;  $55   Sold Out


‘Trympostor’ (inverse poculiform snowdrop):  an inverse poculiform snowdrop, meaning that all six segments resemble inner segments, creating its instantly recognizable pagoda-like shape; a classic member of the ever-increasing ‘Trym’ family, but with a difference: ‘Trympostor’ is much more vigorous; selected by Alan Street at Avon Bulbs and introduced in 2011 at the RHS show where it received a Preliminary Commendation; $66   Sold Out

. ‘Viridapice’ (green-tipped snowdrop, G. nivalis): the flowers are 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; RHS AGM; $25   Sold Out


‘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.  Its beautiful, wide pleated leaves with folded margins make a lovely backdrop for the striking flowers.  It was originally discovered in 1974 by Bill Clark, Warden of the UK National Trust property Wandlebury Ring, an Iron Age Fort near Cambridge.  In 1985, Joe Sharman and his mother saw the snowdrop at Wandlebury and encouraged Clark to pursue introduction.  The tale of this snowdrop as related to me by Bill Clark is fascinating but suffice it to say here that it was introduced and named for Bill Clark’s wife; #5 on UK Popularity List;   $71   Sold Out


‘White Dream’ (single snowdrop, G. nivalis): Very 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; $15   Sold Out


‘Wonston Double’ (double snowdrop, G. nivalis): A very neat and fully double snowdrop with five outer segments and tightly packed inner segments with an inverted green u-shaped mark; late-blooming and very vigorous, increasing rapidly with regular division; from the garden of Hon. Lewis Palmer in the village of Wonston, Hampshire;   $33  Sold Out

.Galanthus woronowiiG. woronowii ex Carolyn’s Shade Gardens (late-flowering, 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 our 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;   $25   Sold Out


Leucojum has not appeared in our catalogue since 2015 because we found that, because it emerges later, it held up the shipment of snowdrop orders.  So many customers have asked us for this plant that we are adding it back to the catalogue but sending it in a separate shipment and charging an extra $8 S&H ($16 if you are not ordering snowdrops).

Leucojum vernum (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 once again making this wonderful relative of the snowdrop available in the green.  Spring snowflake’s six petals (technically tepals) are of equal length, forming a nodding white bell with green tips 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 part to deciduous shade in average to moist soil, even thriving in clay. It naturalizes readily in shady woodland conditions and on the March bank at Winterthur.  $39 plus $8 S&H with a snowdrop order or $16 S&H by itself  Sold Out


Instructions for ordering are at the beginning of the catalogue.

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