Snowdrops at Nymans

Snowflakes in January

The discrete delights of the snowdrop are a great reason to brave the cold and walk the meandering paths of the garden, where the warm anticipation of spring is encapsulated by swathes of white flowers bathed in fleeting sunshine.

Snowdrops in early spring
Snowdrops in early spring
Snowdrops in early spring

Taste of Spring

Snowdrops offer the first tantalising taste of spring and few sights are more stirring than seeing these pure white flowers dotted all around the garden. They elegantly occupy Nymans lawns from January to March, followed by the lesser-known snowflake. Spot clutches of this delicate emblem of spring all around the garden.

Snowdrops in January
Snowdrops in January
Snowdrops in January

Where to spot Snowdrops at Nymans

Back in the autumn the garden team and volunteers began the task of planting thousands of bulbs to naturalise in the lawns around the garden. This included a thousand snowflakes and over a thousand snowdrops, bulking up existing groups of Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’ and Galanthus elwesii. You’ll find the best snowdrops in the Wall Garden and Top Garden but look out for them in other spots too.

Snowdrops in early January
Snowdrops in early January
Snowdrops in early January

Snowdrop or snowflake?

These bulbous winter gems with their nodding bell-flowers appear together in delicate drifts, but how to tell them apart? The snowflake (Leucojum vernum – ‘white spring violet’) can be twice as tall as a snowdrop, with thick glossy leaves and flowers resembling lanterns tipped with green. The common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is more delicate, with dull narrow leaves and flowers even purer in colour. At Nymans these two wandering woodlanders can be seen merging together in spreading pools of winter white. 

 

Enjoying the snowdrops

We would love everyone to have the chance to appreciate these precious winter jewels, so we advise viewing the snowdrops from paths and other hard surfaces to help avoid problems of compaction.

Colourful witch hazel in spring
Colourful witch hazel in spring
Colourful witch hazel in spring

Winter plants

There are many wonderful winter plants to be seen and admired around the garden, some scented, some brightly coloured. These include witch hazels, daphnes, winter box, hellebores, and dogwoods. Winter Walk is packed full of such specimens, and as you stroll the paths of the garden you'll encounter these enchanting plants around every corner, waiting to suprise you with their vibrancy and charm.