This robust selection has much larger flowers than the species. It looks like a giant Lily-of-the-Valley. Smashing with Narcissus and midseason to late Tulips of every hue you can imagine. This heirloom was introduced by William Robinson, the influential 19th-century Irish garden writer who spurned Victorian bedding schemes and pioneered a more natural style of gardening at his home, Gravetye Manor.
We favor this species of Snowflakes (Leucojum aestivum). The leaves look like those of Daffodils, as well they should, since they belong to the same family and are also deer resistant. Snowflakes are reasonably moisture tolerant but also thrive in ordinary garden soil, naturalizing in either situation. Plant them with Ferns or white Narcissus.
For more information on the growing and care of Leucojum, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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pmissabe from Duluth MN
I wanted something at the base of my tree but wanted to make a statement. "Normal"Lily of the Valley are small and thought I'd try these. What a surprise to see how large the leaves and flower actually are. The flower was stunning.
Bay Gardener from Bay Area, CA
I have grown this for many years. In my area, this plant blooms from November to March! The white bells and green foliage brightens the garden all winter. Multiplies slowly but not invasive. I can't recommend it enough, especially in a climate with little or no snow cover like this area.
AndaO from Ranger, GA
We have a slight, brown-mulch covered hill by the drive in front of the house where I have been working to have something going on throughout the year. For spring, I had already planted various colors of hyacinth and mostly white, fragrant daffodils. I ordered two dozen of the Gravetye Giants for planting in the fall of 2015. My thinking was that they might intermix with the hyacinths since they are so much taller -- and that they would make a very nice complement to the daff beds that make up the bulk of the spring bed.
I was very pleased when they came up last spring, little white bells dangling gracefully. But in my zone they followed just after the hyacinths had all faded away. No matter, they look great all by themselves! Mine are not planted as thickly as the illustration, but the white really pops in the natural setting. The flowers lasted a long time, even with the hot temps we can get here in a Georgia spring. AND, this second spring, I have at least THREE dozen separate clumps with hanging bells. Wonderful. I can't wait to see what they do next spring.
Latin Name Pronunciation: lew-koe'-jum
Bulb size: 12-14 cm
(including 'Gravetye Giant')-Plant 6 in. deep, 4-5 in. apart (5-8 per sq. ft.), in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of slightly damp conditions. Shows up well against dark green ivy.