Garden Photo of the Day

Snowdrop Magic in Margot’s Garden

Celebrating winter blooms

My name is Margot Navarre. I have been featured in GPOD before and wanted to share some more winter garden photos from a magical time of the year.

Snowdrops (Galanthus species, Zones 3–8) add a lot of interest and excitement in our gray and rainy winter season in the Northwest. In my climate, they start blooming in October, peak in early February, and continue through March.

Pinus contortaPinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Chief Joseph’ (Zones 6–8) has bright golden winter color and fits in nicely with clumps of Galanthus elwesii.

tulips Snowdrops will naturalize and create a wonderful show. When clumps become extra-large, divide them. Locate them to new places in the garden, and share them with friends.

pink flowers of CyclamencoumI use plant tags for special snowdrop bulbs. Galanthus ‘Long Wasp’ is featured here with the pink flowers of Cyclamen coum (Zones 5–8).

Galanthus ‘Long Wasp’ with CyclamenGalanthus ‘Long Wasp’ with Cyclamen hederifolium(Zones 4–9)

two dwarf NarcissusThe two dwarf Narcissus asturiensis ‘Navarre’ (Zones 6–8) were collected by Gauthorne Hardy in the Navarre region of Spain and were purchased at Colesbourne Park from a snowdrop friend. This is the first season they have bloomed.

Galanthus plicatus ‘Diggory’This Galanthus plicatus ‘Diggory’ was in the ground for five years and finally bloomed this season.

Galanthus ‘Robin Hood’Galanthus ‘Robin Hood’ has an X marking in the inner segments.

HelleboresHellebores (Helleborus hybrids, Zones 4–9) make great companion plantings with the Galanthus.

Cyclamen hederifolium and GalanthusDrifts of Cyclamen hederifolium come out in early fall with pink and white flowers. They are easy to grow, are low maintenance, and look great with Galanthus.

View Comments


  1. User avater
    treasuresmom 02/21/2022

    Love the snowdrops but especially like how Chief Joseph sets everything off.

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      Thank you.

  2. [email protected] 02/21/2022

    Beautiful! I love the snowdrops with the cyclamen.

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      They are two of my favorites in the garden and grow nicely together. The Dunn Gardens in Seattle have drifts of these combinations.

  3. Maggieat11 02/21/2022

    Your plantings are beautiful. And finally, after a long varieties have blossomed. Thank you for sharing 🍃.

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      Thank you. Five years have been the time in my garden when the snowdrops started taking off and worth the wait.

  4. gardendevas 02/21/2022

    Absolutely gorgeous tapestries! I envy your long season for these beauties, and your drifts of cyclamen.

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      Thank you

    2. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      The cyclamen coum start flowing in winter which makes it a little extra special to see the delicate little flowers and keeps the season going.

  5. wittyone 02/21/2022

    These are just beautiful, especially this dreary time of year. You are so lucky to have such a long season of bloom. Mine (only a few) are here today and gone tomorrow and then are in great danger of having something plunked down right on top of them later on. I'd love to have them spread themselves around for a longer longer stretch.

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      Planting snowdrops under deciduous trees might be helpful and less likely to put more plants on them. I have more interest in the winter /spring garden and not as exciting in the summer.

  6. User avater
    simplesue 02/21/2022

    That's an amazing spring display! Very impressive! I saved one of your photos for inspiration!

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      Hooray! Made my day

  7. wildthyme 02/21/2022

    Lovely bulb combinations! Since they’re poisonous I can only enjoy them vicariously. My best friend & neighbor has a beagle . . . need I say more?

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      We have dogs and they haven’t been a problem for us but am aware every dog bread is different. I like those beagles.

  8. btucker9675 02/21/2022

    So very beautiful - I had them in my northern NJ garden but don't think they'd do well here. Thank you for sharing with us.

    1. margotnavarre 02/21/2022

      You should still try. They do very well once established.

  9. [email protected] 02/21/2022

    Thanks for sharing. I thought m;y few Snowdrops had disappeared, but they showed up again this year. I think I may move them under a deciduous tree, as you suggested. And try to find a marker that will stay in place!

    1. margotnavarre 02/22/2022

      Glad the snowdrops showed up again!

Log in or create an account to post a comment.

Related Articles

The Latest