Galanthus which is also known as Winter Bell is a perennial plant native to Europe and the western area of Asia. This exquisite flower can provide an elegant touch to any garden during the second half of the winter season since it is quite resistant to snow and cold.
With the arrival of winter most of the plants require extra care and attention since most of them do not tolerate low temperatures. However, Galanthus with its delicate hanging flowers will make you enjoy a spectacular garden even during the most adverse weather conditions. It emerges from the snow, bringing with it a sense of hope that evokes the closeness of nature.
As it name implies, this plant flourishes during the coldest season of the year, even in areas where the snow has not yet melted. It seems to be announcing in advance the arrival of spring.
Winter Bells grow spontaneously in humid and fresh forests, forming compact colonies on the soil of banks of small streams. They form some sort of white carpets that nicely extend under the shade projected by the trees.
Galanthus is popular amongst gardeners around the world as it can be easily cultivated and because it is possible to find many varieties of this plant on the market. However, the most common specimen is the one with white and flared flowers and dark green leaves.
The best place to cultivate Winter Bells will be in a shady place. It should not be directly exposed to sunlight. The Galanthus bulbs should be planted in autumn, burying them ten centimeters deep and separated from each other by a minimum distance of eleven centimeters.
It is important to keep in mind that Galanthus needs a lot of time for the satisfactory growth of its root system and to form large colonies. Therefore, its cultivation requires certain doses of patience.