11 Oct Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Pink Giant’
As we approach the fall planting season, I would like to highlight a beautiful selection of glory-of-the-snow, Chionodoxa. Chionodoxa fobesii ‘Pink Giant’ is considered one of the “smaller bulbs.” This group of bulbs includes snowdrops, Galanthus; squills, Scilla; snowflakes, Leucojum; grape hyacinth, Muscari; etc. The “smaller bulbs” are great for using in large naturalistic masses in the garden.
Chiododoxa forbesii ‘Pink Giant’ reaches only 6 to 8 inches tall. However, the flowers are relatively large for a Chionodoxa. The star-shaped, six-petaled flowers are bubblegum-pink and skyward facing.
At the Arboretum, we have used Chionodoxa among other “smaller bulbs” in the Harry Wood Garden. In the panels at Wharton Courtyard, they create a groundcover of pink just as the magnificent saucer magnolias, Magnolia x soulangiana are coming into flower.
Unlike tulips, crocus, and hyacinths, all Chionodoxa are deer resistant. Plant these bulbs three inches deep before early November. They can be planted among other bulbs but also do well amid deciduous herbaceous plants such as Epimedium, Hosta, and Tiarella.