For a welcome assurance that the brighter days of spring are on their way, look no further than snowdrops, Galanthus. They are surprisingly varied in height, flower size, shape and even colouring. Given a moist soil they will multiply into drifts. Plant freshly-lifted snowdrops when the foliage is just dying back in late spring. If it is not possible to plant in late spring, buying just after flowering when the leaves are still green (‘in the green’) is the next best way of establishing snowdrops. Plant snowdrops in a partly-shaded position in a moist, but well-drained soil with ‘leafmould’ or garden compost incorporated. It is important that the soil does not dry out in summer.