SNAKESHEAD FRITILLARY

We have been admirers of Fritillaries for some time, however this is the first year we’ve attempted to grow them. As we eagerly await their little green tips to finally pop up, we thought we would share a little advice we followed on how best to grow them. It was the wise words of Monty Don that swayed us to give them a go as they’re his favourite recommendation for thriving bulbs if we’ve had a soggy spring (which seems to be a bit of a given in this country). Most spring bulbs do best in very-well drained soil but can be problematic in damper conditions and clay heavy gardens. Initially, bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and crocuses do fine, but sitting in wet soil does nothing for their longevity and over the years you may find yourself replacing them. However, Fritillary bulbs positively relishes damp conditions in both winter and early spring making them a wonderful alternative for any English Garden.

They are extraordinarily beautiful flowers with pointed bonnets and a distinctive chequered pattern. As they are native wildflowers they appear a little less cultivated than many bulb based florals, making them the perfect addition to our slightly wild (some may say too wild) country garden. If you would like more information on how to successfully grow this beautiful plant, we found this Telegraph article a great read.