Nothing says late winter like snowdrops.
Snowdrops are a woodland plant, which means their ideal growing conditions are partial shade, moist but well-drained soil. This is important because if the soil is too dry, and the bulbs to dry out, there is a real risk they will fail the following year. As a woodland plant, snowdrops are tolerant of partial shade, which makes them suitable for under planting among trees and shrubs.
Plant Snowdrop bulbs about 10 cm deep, which is a little over 3 x the bulb depth, a handy rule of thumb for all bulbs. Ideal in semi shade, a mulch of leaf mould will help to retain moisture. Planting the bulbs a little deeper can also help to prevent the bulbs from drying out. Snowdrop bulbs hate to be baked in the hot summer sun; select a planting spot which is cool and semi-shaded in the summer.
Like Hellebores, snowdrops flowers hang down and sometimes it's hard to see the lovely flower markings inside. For this reason, they are ideal for planting in a wall, or a bank, so that the flowers clearly displayed. Professional growers sometimes display snowdrops with mirrors at the base to highlight the delicate flowers.
Snowdrops look good planted in drifts to form clumps as illustrated centre. I have seen them planted to great effect around the foot of Himalayan Birch (Betula utilis) where the white bark chimes with the white of the snowdrops (see image below) The most popular varieties of Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, the Himalayan Birch, which have the RHS award of garden merit are: 'Doorenbos' 'Jermyns' 'Silver Shadow' and 'Grayswood Ghost ' They are also commonly planted with winter flowering Aconites for a bright display, see images below.