Snowdrop pot display

Do it:

Jan, Dec

Takes just:

one hour

At its best:

Jan, Feb, Dec

This striking combination of snowdrops, black ophiopogon and silvery convolvulus is just the thing for brightening up a terrace or doorstep. A terracotta pot, sprayed with metallic paint, will set off the contemporary planting scheme to perfection.

You will need

  • Snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii 10cm pot x3
  • Ophiopogon nigrescens x2
  • Convolvulus cneorum
  • Peat free, multi-purpose compost
  • 25cm terracotta pot
  • Metallic silver paint
  • Polystyrene or crocks


Cover your garden table with newspaper and spray a clean pot. It will need one coat and should be totally dry in half an hour (check can to confirm drying time).

Place a layer of broken polystyrene or crocks in the bottom of the pot and half fill it with peat-free, multi-purpose compost.

Remove the convolvulus from its pot, tease out the roots and plant it at the back of the display. Firm it in place.

Split the ophiopogon plants into small pieces and position them in front of the convolvulus. Space them evenly.

Plant the snowdrops between the ophiopogon. Take care not to disturb the bulbs and root system too much.

Fill any gaps with more compost, ensuring all the plants are firmly bedded in. Water the pot well and move it to its final position.


Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

All of these plants can be moved to the garden when the display is past its best. The snowdrops will come up year after year, meaning there’s life beyond the pot and no money is wasted.

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