New Page 1


           Jane Lister, proprietor

Please note our email address has  changed to

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








Please note the nursery will be closing down on the 15th of October 2017

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



National Garden Scheme

Severals Grange

August 13th 1-5pm

Admission 3.50


25th Anniversary Year


July  2017

As I write this we have had temperatures of 27degrees yesterday and today more like 16 degrees. Days and days of endless dry weather, the temperature was over 40 degrees on the nursery sales line at one point and now after such tropical down pours we are having to ring the plants out! Its a wonder any of us know where we are, humans or plants.
Despite everything thrown at them the plants pick themselves up and recover with may be a little help with some subtle supporting.

One of my favourite trees in the garden is Betula jacquemontii. It creates beautiful dappled shade, has a stunning bark (which I do not peel and scrub!) and provides a great habitat for wildlife.

The grasses are flowering well now and one that catches every ones eye is Hordeum Jubatum. The fox tail barley, soft waving spikes with red/purple tinges, the essence of a summer field.


In these two pictures a space has appeared! Last autumn the decision was made to take down a cedar which had grown massively and out grown the space it had to live in. It was a hard decision as no one likes to take down any tree but the red oak next to it was suffering and it was becoming harder to walk past.
The effect was amazing, the red oak immediately looked twice the size and was shown off in all its beauty and the light that now seeps through onto the other flower beds made it a very good decision.
As gardens mature we must continually evaluate the use and role each plant plays and now twenty five years on this is something we have had to come to terms with.





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!


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 borders are now beginning to take on a summer colour


Containered Pennisetum villosum and Verbena 'Claret'.





The new beds (as we still refer to them !)  are five years old and beautifully full and beginning to look a picture





 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. 

rasses and perennial island beds