In the wild, the natural range of Galanthus nivalis is vast, covering huge areas of Europe.
From this and other species, many snowdrop cultivars have been bred. Though none are native to the British Isles, they're at home here in ditches, woodlands and fields.
In the garden, they're best planted in a rich soil that doesn't dry out in summer. The richer in humus and leaf mould the soil is, the better. A spot under deciduous trees and shrubs is ideal. Or try growing them among perennials and ornamental grasses.
For more advice, take a look at our three tips for growing snowdrops.
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