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Snowdrop pot display

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


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.

Plant it: December - January
At its best: winter
Takes just: an hour

How to do it:


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.

Our tip

We used the large leaved snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii, but any other variety will do.

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Judybee 24/11/2011 at 15:29

I visited Rode Hall in Cheshire last spring where there was a lovely snowdrop display around the grounds - snowdrops eveywhere even little displays in the greenhouse. Some rarer varieties on show and for sale. There was also a Snowdrop Festival in the local church which was decorated with hundreds of snowdrops. Well worth a visit.

Clarington 04/03/2014 at 16:25

If I were to make this display what would you do with the pot for the rest of the year? Should I discard it after one season and start afresh the next year or would it be possible to "store" the pot and its contents until next year. What would I need to do to the pot if I did store it? Would it need watering regularly after the plant has died off? Would it prefer to live in the shed cupboard (dry, consistent temperature, less likely to get drop kicked across the lawn) or outside? (plenty of rain, varying temperatures, breeze, sunlight).

Berghill 04/03/2014 at 17:44

When I do a pot of snowdrops for showing, once they have finished I plant them out in the garden where they would normally enjoy growing and leave them to it until it is time to dig them up  the following season. Label carefully.