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           Jane Lister, proprietor

Please note our email address has  changed to hoecroft@hotmail.co.uk

Opening Times
Thursday -Sunday 10am-4pm
 (other times by appointment)
Nursery Open 1st April 2017
 
 

Would customers please note that we do not have credit card or debit card facilities.

For help and advice planning new borders feel free to ring 01362 684206 (but not after 9pm!)

 

 Hoecroft Vouchers

A great present!

Garden Visits

For evening talks at your club or a visit and talk at the nursery garden go to the index and click on Garden Talks for details

                               

                                

        

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Hoecroft Plants
We supply Ornamental Grasses, Coloured Leaved and Variegated Plants by mail order or you can visit us at our beautiful nursery in North Norfolk

 


 

 

 

Why not try a holiday in the lovely county of Norfolk.

The Small Barn is available through out the year.


 

For details go to the index and click on Small Barn

 

 

Event

 

St John Ambulance
Norfolk Gardeners' Question Time
at Open, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich NR2 4SF

Thursday 11th May 2017
to attend email  georginaholloway@hotmail.co.uk

 

25th Anniversary Year

 

April  2017

Firstly I would like to say a big thank you for all the many kind comments, this being our last year of the nursery open to the public.
We are deeply gratefully. But to all those who are disappointed, we are well up and running for this last season. So come and see us!

We are now in to our second week of opening and what a start it has been. With the spring weather being so kind the plants have grown very well and I don't think we have had so many herbaceous perennials out so early on the nursery.

The Shrubs have a glowing fresh look too bringing lovely colour to the garden and on the nursery we have approximately 108 different varieties.

 

Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'

 

 

Carex elata aurea


 

Melica uniflora 'Albida' and Euphorbia 'Fens Ruby'

I love this combination! The melica is so delicate and the one grass I am happy to see seed. The euphorbia is a bit of a thug in heavy soil but here it spreads gently along a gravel edge. The combination is soft and zingy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25th Anniversary of
Hoecroft Plants at Severals Grange

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Hoecroft Plants at Severals Grange. It is hard to believe that 25 years ago the present nursery site was just a bare field with nothing except brambles and nettles to look at.

the beginning of the nursery entrance


In 1992 Hoecroft was already an established name in the nursery world and very much the leading light in introducing grasses into the country. With a place already secured in the floral marquee at Chelsea for that May, it was to become a steep learning curve for me, a full time PE teacher! But with plenty of help from friends, my parents and guidance from Nigel we came through with flying colours and a silver gilt medal.



starting to lay out the barrier against the north wind!

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laying the nursery out in the mud!

 

Of course it was a challenge but a very enjoyable one and that feeling has never diminished over the 25 years.



gravel area

The gardens have really matured beautifully and given both myself and my team great pleasure but more importantly they have inspired many of our customers and even changed some peoples minds about grasses!



south facing border



gold and bronze!


Unfortunately the work required to keep the nursery stock and the grounds looking good is extremely tough and very time consuming and so the decision has been made to make it '25 and out' to use  cricketing terminology.
We  intend to make 2017 a busy and eventful year and to go out with a bang!

This of course opens the door for other opportunities and the time spent watering and weeding pots of plants can be transferred to other passions and projects.
 

All these differing parts of the garden have served to inspire customers and help them solve problems in their own gardens.

In later years we have provided designs and plans for many customers. Using the garden and its plants as an example of what can be created in larger and smaller forms. This is an area we relish and will continue to develop in the future.

We hope to see many of our customers and new ones in this our last year as a retail nursery.

 

 

 

We are delighted to be featuring Julia Rafferty on Brenda's blog page with her lovely camera skills
 

Brenda's Photography Blog

    Please click on the link.

Brenda's Blog 1

Brenda's Blog 2

Brenda's Blog 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
                                                                                                      


                                                                                   
 


                                                                               


                                                                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

 

 

 



The foliage of plants at this time of year are so beautiful as they are fresh looking and not under any of the stresses of heat as they are in later summer.

 

Artemisia 'Lambrook Silver'

Acanthus spinosa 'Hollards Gold'

 



Photinia 'Red Robin'

 

 

 

 

Spring grasses come into their own at this time of year and are so lovely to see.

 


 

Luzula sylvatica 'marginata'

 

 

Ferrula communis
The immerging flower buds of the giant fennel

Two of the giants of the garden. Both stunning plants

Gunnera

The immerging leaf and flower.

 

 

 

Hoecroft was originally owned by a family friend,Nigel Taylor a leading authority on ornamental grasses in the country. The nursery originally started out in Norfolk and then Nigel moved to the west country where he later made the decision to sell up. It was Mums idea to take it over and Severals was the ideal location.

 


the nursery taking shape

 

The early years were very much focused on a mail order service but as the nursery grew in both size and reputation, more and more customers wanted to visit.

A leylandii hedge planted around the nursery as protection

It was obvious from the start that introducing grasses into the garden was for some people going to be a strange thing to do. So it became clear that developing the gardens around the nursery to demonstrate how this could be done was  key to the future of the nursery.

 

summer border

 


Miscanthus Nepalensis


 


 

In 2012  to celebrate twenty years of the nursery here at Severals we developed a new area beyond the shelter belt trees. The planting in this area was of grasses and perennials only and in much bigger swathes.
It was to prove a great success both for us and for our customers, providing a totally different feeling. Soft grasses mingled with perennials in three island beds. 




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rasses and perennial island beds