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Ivy Croft


A 4 acre garden and nursery created since 1997 around a 17th century cottage


Season:
Summer


Location:
Herefordshire, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos / Carole Drake - Sue and Roger Norman


Feature No:   443 

Qty of Images:    110 

 
  
 
  
 
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Synopsis
Ivy Croft is an inspiring example of a great looking country garden designed with a deep understanding of and love for plants. Sue and Roger Norman moved to Ivy Croft in 1996, attracted by the flat site of just over 4 acres. Formal areas around the house are shaped using hornbeam hedges, pleached limes, a pergola and raised beds made using railway sleepers, where an attractive mulch of blue slate is used to suppress weeds. A short walk away is a formal vegetable garden where raised beds and a fine central mulberry tree are framed by a boundary of espaliered apples trained on post and wire frames.

The garden is home to a huge range of plants including specialist collections of ferns, willows and snowdrops. In the 17th century it was a cider house surrounded by orchards and though the fruit trees were long gone when they moved in, the couple planted a new orchard of apples and perry pears nearby. The garden is open to visitors throughout the year beginning with 'Snowdrop Thursdays' in February.
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Erigeron philadelphicus - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Erigeron philadelphicus - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Formal kitchen garden with central medlar tree underpla...
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Ranunculus acris 'Flore Pleno', AGM - Ivy Croft, Leomin...
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Formal kitchen garden is defined by espaliered apple tr...
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Formal kitchen garden with central medlar tree underpla...
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Diphylleia cymosa. Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire...
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Diphylleia cymosa - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshir...
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Slab and gravel path framed by cones of Buxus sempervir...
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Weathered railway sleepers make raised beds mulched wit...
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Tropaeolum polyphyllum and Geranium sanguineum - Ivy Cr...
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Seating area with raised beds behind constructed with w...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers mulche...
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Raised bed made with weathered railway sleepers and mul...
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Clipped cones of Buxus sempervirens 'Elegantissima' fra...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers and mu...
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Sempervivums set into a gap in the paving below weather...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers and mu...
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Triteleia ixioides 'Starlight' and slate mulch - Ivy Cr...
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Seating area with raised beds behind constructed with w...
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Slab and gravel path framed by cones of Buxus sempervir...
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Allium karataviense - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordsh...
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Chionochloa rubra in the front garden surrounded by Aeo...
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Arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vossii' in the fron...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Front garden planting includes Prostrate hypericum, whi...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vossii' in the fron...
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Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta' - Ivy Croft, Leominster...
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Arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vossii' in the fron...
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Dactylorhiza fuchsii - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefords...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers and mu...
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Seating area with raised beds made wit weathered railwa...
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Seating area with raised beds made wit weathered railwa...
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Shallow steps and raised beds constructed with weathere...
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House with conservatory - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Formal kitchen garden with central medlar tree underpla...
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Meadow area with seat and lilac - Ivy Croft, Leominster...
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Formal kitchen garden is defined by espaliered apple tr...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers and mu...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers and mu...
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Raised beds made with weathered railway sleepers and mu...
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Front of house with containers of Aeonium 'Zwartkop' an...
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Path runs along the front of the house past Chionochloa...
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Garden chairs on path below pergola surrounded by pots ...
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Chionochloa rubra in the front garden surrounded by Aeo...
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Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon', Iris 'White Knigh...
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Arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vossii' in the fron...
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Eleagnus 'Quicksilver', AGM - Ivy Croft, Leominster, He...
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Allium unifolium - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire...
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Tropaeolum polyphyllum and Geranium sanguineum on shall...
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Tropaeolum polyphyllum - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefor...
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Slab and gravel path framed by cones of Buxus sempervir...
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Sempervivums in gravel - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefor...
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Tropaeolum polyphyllum - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefor...
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Shady garden planters containing Hostas and Hepaticas p...
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Shady garden features tufa planters containing hostas a...
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Chionochloa rubra in the front garden surrounded by Aeo...
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Polygonatum verticillatum 'Rubrum' - Ivy Croft, Leomins...
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Polygonatum verticillatum 'Rubrum' - Ivy Croft, Leomins...
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Bird bath beside arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vo...
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Arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vossii' in the fron...
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Front of house with containers of Aeonium 'Zwartkop' an...
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Buds of oriental poppies with front of house beyond - I...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta' - Ivy Croft, Leominster...
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Amsonia tabernaemontana - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Bird bath beyond border containing Dianthus barbatus 'S...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Shady part of garden with Malus hupehensis on the right...
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Topiarised conifer in the shade garden - Ivy Croft, Leo...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Saxifraga callosa in tufa planter - Ivy Croft, Leominst...
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Pleached limes with clipped spheres of box below - Ivy ...
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Dry stone retaining wall around the scree bed colonised...
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Pleached limes with clipped spheres of box below - Ivy ...
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Collection of small Hostas in pots - Ivy Croft, Leomins...
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Orange poppies amongst Viola cornuta - Ivy Croft, Leomi...
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Lysimachia atropurpurea - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Lysimachia atropurpurea - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Tufa trough on a plinth - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefo...
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Triteleia ixioides 'Starlight' - Ivy Croft, Leominster,...
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Verbascum phoeniceum 'Violetta' - Ivy Croft, Leominster...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Border of purples and whites includes Papaver orientale...
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Chionochloa rubra in the front garden surrounded by Aeo...
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Bright red Tulipa sprengeri - Ivy Croft, Leominster, He...
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Tulipa sprengeri - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire...
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Veronica prostrata 'Trehane' - Ivy Croft, Leominster, H...
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Saxifraga Southside Seedling Group - Ivy Croft, Leomins...
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Athyrium filix-femina 'Dre's Dagger' - Ivy Croft, Leomi...
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Arch trained with Laburnum waterei 'Vossii' in the fron...
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Dianthus - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK...
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Dianthus 'Jane Austen' - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefor...
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Iris 'Pacific Coast' - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefords...
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Tulipa sprengeri - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire...
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Bright red Tulipa sprengeri - Ivy Croft, Leominster, He...
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Tulipa sprengeri - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire...
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Tulipa sprengeri - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire...
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Sue Norman planting up a water trough with summer beddi...
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Rhodohypoxis in tufa trough - Ivy Croft, Leominster, He...
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Sue and Roger Norman, owners of Ivy Croft, Leominster, ...
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Lathyrus rotundifolius, AGM - Ivy Croft, Leominster, He...
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Hepatica - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK...
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Hepatica - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK...
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Hepatica - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshire, UK...
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Asarina procumbens - Ivy Croft, Leominster, Herefordshi...
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Anthyllis vulneraria subsp. iberica with white Omphalod...
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Sue and Roger Norman, owners of Ivy Croft, Leominster, ...
 

 

 
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