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One of the best; a classic all-rounder; the finest snowdrop; unquestionable constitution; admired by everyone, are some of the qualities of this snowdrop.
The airy nature of the flower heads give a lovely contrast to plants with stronger shape and colour.
I imagine they have the same effect in the garden, catching the winter sunshine
Onions, leeks and garlic are thought to be one of man’s oldest foods.
The feature which is often mentioned is its airy habit, which makes it a beautiful plant in its own right or a see-through screen.
Suddenly, in the last hot, dusty, worn-out days of summer, the fresh flowers spring from the ground and we know that damper, cooler days are on the way.
Individual flower heads are a lovely bright lavender-blue with yellow centres and cover the plant for months from July to October.
Stories, legends and superstitions abound and snowdrops seem to be woven into our culture so it is not surprising that this tiny white flower, which blooms in winter, has made its way into our Top 30.
In the spring it is covered in a froth of white star-shaped flowers
Carl Thunberg, who travelled in Japan in the late 18th century, gave it the species name palmatum, describing the hand-shaped leaves.
Recently there has been an explosion in the number of variegated forms available and members are growing them with great success.
None of this can convey the ‘Look at me!’ bravado of a plant in full flower.
It looks wonderful in dappled shade when, in early summer, individual shafts of light pick up the rich red and gold.
It repays just that little bit of effort on our part with beautiful, elegant white spires.
What springs to mind when you hear the word phlox?