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Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' snowdrop. Perfect for romantic gardens, whether garden or small garden

Wanna Choose Best Snowdrop for Romantic Garden? Here's the One

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Snowdrop is a promise of warmth, sunshine, and renewal when we are yearning for it most. So much so that the snowdrops lure me into our garden to kneel to the frosty ground to admire their symmetrical dainty flowers closer and inhale its perfume. 

I find snowdrops charming and fascinating. Special affection I have for 'Flore Pleno' snowdrops that I brought back 'in the green' from England. Their fully double center and drooping outer petals form a charmingly nodding flower. 

But why choose 'Flore Pleno' among all fascinating options?

1. Snowdrop Flower with a Scent

When you look inside the bloom, you'll see green markings at the tip of inner petals. The outer ones are bright white. Hence the name Galanthus, snowdrop, comes from the Greek words meaning 'milk flower.' 

Snowdrops tend to have a delicate honey-scent. This beauty has a bold honey + honeycomb scent with a hint of rose water and fragrant violet soap.

The flowers are just one inch / 2.5 cm in length, and the bulbous perennial is only 4 to 6 inches / 10 to 15 cm in height.

Still really worth kneeling, I would say.



2. Snowdrop Flower with a Romantic Feel to It

'Flore Pleno' snowdrop is a stylish, showy option if you look for a romantic style for your flower border early in spring. It is a double flower with plenty of blooms and a nice healthy clump of leaves. 

And yes, its flowers really seem much more romantic than Common Snowdrop flowers (Galanthus nivalis) with a sleek flower shape, which might be a better choice for gardens with modern or natural style.  

The longer-lasting flowers are large and showy. Thus they make more impact on your planting combinations. 

'Flore Pleno' is an excellent, long-lasting cut flower too. Just put a couple of flowers into a small vase and enjoy their charming scent!

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3. An Easy-to-grow Snowdrop

In addition to that all, 'Flore Pleno' is a very adaptable and easy-to-grow snowdrop. 

It suits into chalk, clay, loam, and sand soils. The soil's pH can range from alkaline to neutral and further to acid. It grows happily in them all.

The soils should be moist but well-drained. You can find these conditions under deciduous shrubs and along the front of the borders. 

Choose a place for your 'Flore Pleno' that is West- or East-facing. Even South-facing is good with some natural dappled shade.


Time to take action

Sounds perfect, doesn't it? If you're growing snowdrops, tour around your garden. Kneel and experience their lovely scent. Take a walk in your neighborhood or a local park to see if there is already a sea of naturalized snowdrops flowering.

To get some 'Flore Pleno' snowdrops, visit a nursery to find a pot of flowering plants. Add them into your planters to enjoy the beginning of the spring, and remember to plant them into your garden after flowering.




Botanical names for Common Double Snowdrop:

  • Galanthus nivalis f. Pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno'
  • Synonym: Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'




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