Height: 10-20cm (4-8in)
Planting distance: 5-10cm (2-4in)
Featureswinter to spring
Soil: ordinary, well-drained
Site: sun or partial shade
Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Pink Giant’ white centres appear slightly later than the other chionodoxas, from early to late spring. Plant 5-10cm (2-4in) apart.
Plant the bulbs in autumn, in any well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Set them 5-7.5cm (2-3in) deep, in large.
Propagation: When the foliage dies down after flowering, lift, divide and replant.
Pests and diseases: Generally trouble free, although slugs occasionally eat theand flowers.
Glory-ofthe-snow, left to naturalize, produces swathes of brilliant, star-like flowers from late winter and throughout spring. Plant at the front of a border, in short grass, or in a rock garden where it can self-freely and spread. This plant also looks attractive around the base of a spring- , provided the shrub doesn’t cast too much shade.
Popular species and varieties:
Chionodoxa gigantea is the tallest member of its genus at 20cm (8in) high. The flowers are a gentian blue and appear from late winter to mid spring. Plant 7.5-10cm (3-4in) apart. Chionodoxa luciliae has bright blue flowers with white centres. It flowers from late winter to mid spring on15cm (6in) high. Set the bulbs 5-10cm (2-4in) apart. Varieties include ‘Alba’ (white flowers) and ‘Pink Giant’ (pink flowers). is the smallest species, standing 10-15cm (4-6in) high.