Snowdrops in The Hidden City Garden

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Here is Part 2 of Snowdrops In The Hidden City Garden from Dutch garden designer Harry Pierik.

To read Part 1, click here.

“In the previous post I showed how I prepared the borders of the snowdrops.

Now we’re going to look at how the snowdrops grow in the Hidden City Garden.

Also I’ll show three different yellow cultivars.

In total there are more than one hundred different snowdrops in the Hidden City Garden.

Snowdrops in Hidden City Garden

Snowdrop border in Hidden City Garden

Snowdrop border with in the foreground around the birdbath. Epimedium x peralchicum ‘Frohnleiten’. Three different buxus shrubs form the backbone in this border which appears from the evergreen background, as a peninsula in the grass. In the background the large evergreen leaves of Viburnum x rhytidophylloides Willowwood ‘among others’,  Skimmia japonica, Sasa palmata, Aucuba japonica ‘ Rozannie ‘, and Fatsia japonica.

Snowdrop border

Fatsia japonica and Cyclamen hederifolium

Fatsia japonica in the background with maturing fruits. In front is the marbled leaves of Cyclamen hederifolium which flowers in autumn.


Snowdrop border

Fatsia japonica leaves in foreground with snowdrop border behind

Behind Fatsia japonica is the peninsula full of snowdrops in the grass.


Galanthus nivalis ‘Blonde Inge’

Galanthus nivalis ‘Blonde Inge’ with ovary pale green and markings yellow.

In the picture you can see that the right pedicle is a small piece of yellow behind the ovary. Nicolas Top has discovered her in an old cemetery near Cologne. No snowdrops are easy to hold.

Sometimes snowdrops are yellow or lime-green on markings and ovary, on stains where normally snowdrops are green. Snowdrops with yellow markings were once regarded as inferior and weak growing, but that turns out to be. They do well in a humus-rich pitch with bright light.


Galanthus nivalis 'Sandersii'

Galanthus nivalis ‘Sandersii’


Galanthus nivalis 'Sandersii'

Galanthus nivalis ‘Sandersii’

Galanthus nivalis ‘Sandersii’ was named after Mr. Sanders from Cambridge. He found the first one in 1877 in Northumberland, north of New Castle. This snowdrop has not only yellow markings on the petals but a yellow ovary too.



Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'

Galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg’

Some yellow snowdrops are more vulnerable than ordinary snowdrops. Galanthus ‘Primrose Warburg ‘ is not only one of the most beautiful yellow snowdrops but also a pretty strong cultivar that grows well.


 Galanthus plicatus

Galanthus plicatus

This snowdrop is a form of Galanthus plicatus, which can be seen on the beautifully shaped rather large flowers and especially to the broad leaves that are slightly curled at the edges. It originates from the English country estate South Hayes and is named after the owner who collected many snowdrops.”

**BOOK RECOMMENDATIONA Gardeners Guide To Snowdrops, written by Freda Cox, is a beautiful book with  a lot of information about snowdrops.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. Share your stories about the snowdrops in your garden and post photos. Also, feel free to ask Harry any questions you have.


Fran Sorin

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michaele anderson February 16, 2014, 7:40 am

Thank you for giving this delicate beauty such loving attention.

Arthur in the Garden! February 16, 2014, 1:08 pm

Love them!

Peggy Herrman February 16, 2014, 9:35 pm

Thanks Fran, you just affirmed why I love galanthus. Best, Peggy

Sheryl at Providence Acres February 18, 2014, 11:10 pm

I think I’m going to add some snowdrops to my garden Those are jst beautiful!

Fran Sorin February 19, 2014, 7:07 am

Arthur –
Fortunately we have this year in Holland a mild winter without snow. Harry

Fran Sorin February 19, 2014, 7:08 am

You’re welcome Michaele. Harry

Fran Sorin February 19, 2014, 7:09 am

Hi Peggy,
If you want to see more than watch a video you can find on the home page of my website: Snowdrops in the Hidden City Garden. Harry

Peggy – link to Harry’s site is at the top of the article 🙂

henry February 20, 2014, 12:20 am

hi this awesome to see…i think i am also add snowdrops to make beautiful to my is a wonderful website thank you

Tina March 8, 2014, 3:46 pm

Beautiful photographs of foliage. Thank you.
Often foliage photos look like a confused mess of green.

Paul g April 23, 2015, 12:12 am

Nothing really beats natural looking landscape!

Surreal Landscapes April 28, 2015, 12:31 am

Galanthus or snowdrops is one of my favorite flowers. Galanthus is a small genus of about 20 species of bulbous herbaceous perennials in the Amaryllis family. Most flower in winter, before the vernal equinox, but certain species flower in early spring and late autumn. For me, it also accentuates class in every garden.

Calvin Kent April 29, 2015, 1:00 pm

Your garden looked like an edible paradise.Beautiful blooms and much promise of great things to come. Happy Spring!

Amy April 30, 2015, 8:57 am

This is stunning!
I certainly would be proud of this place if i was you!
It looks like something from the secret garden- snowdrops have always been one of my favourites!
Great post!

Calvin Kent April 30, 2015, 12:55 pm

your pictures are impressive.Beautiful photographs.Thank you very much for such a lovely and informative post.

juliana katuku June 27, 2015, 3:56 am

your article looks so sweet and inspirational… very nice looking flowers… congratulation for this…

juliana katuku June 29, 2015, 8:41 am

a very nice and informative article.. we are blessed by your words.

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