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Galanthus 'Atkinsii'

Galanthus Atkinsii

Good displays throughout the Azalea Walks

This fine snowdrop dates back to 1875 when it was sold by nurseryman James Atkins for 2 shillings and six pence per bulb. This makes it one of the oldest types of snowdrop grown in the UK.

In 1877 a snowdrop identical to 'Atkinsii' but with tendency to produced malformed flowers was sold by a Yorkshire nurseryman James Blackhouse. Over the years these two snowdrops, both excellent choices for the garden, increasing in numbers rapidly, have become mixed.  Can you spot the ones with malformed flowers? Look for extra petals or mishapen ones.

Both snowdrops when planted enmass are fabulous and they spread easily from a small clump. A natural process which can be helped along by the canny gardener who splits the clumps into three or four every couple of years or so.   Avoid very wet or dry soils and plant in partial shade.  Once planted just leave to their devices and resist the urge to tidy up leaves.

Just avoid very wet or dry soils and plant in partial shade (not underneath evergreen plants). Once planted just leave to their devices and resist the urge to tidy up leaves.

Available from the Garden Store at Ness from Saturday 13 February - limited numbers lifted from the Gardens.

AGM LogoAGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information