Seems as though our bird-friendly, great-fall-color, native vine Poison Ivy is out in full effect this summer. If you haven’t had this rash yet this season count yourself as one of the lucky few. This spring New Moon Nursery co-owner Kim Brown got into some poison ivy,as happens nearly every year. This year Kim’s friend gave her some jewelweed […]

Waldsteinia fragarioides two flowers

New Moon co-owner James Brown has a list of native plants he wishes people would use more often. So here we begin a series of feature posts on an underused native plant. With spring in full force and strawberry blossoms opening their petals to pollinators, today we feature the Barren Strawberry (Waldsteinia fragarioides). Also known […]

Monarch on Solidago canadensis. Perennials with many small flowers in the flowerhead, like the Goldenrod picture here and the Mountain Mint pictured above, are often very good at attracting beneficial insects.

Pollinators, especially the beautiful butterflies and the honey producing European honeybee seem to be getting all of the good press lately. People seem to be more aware of the fact that insects can be good and can be valuable. People are starting to think about ‘bugs’ when they purchase plants and when they consider how […]

Purple Vernonia novaboracensis (Nw York Ironweed) and bright yellow Rudbeckia laniniata (Green headed coneflower) don't mind moisture fluctuations were they set their roots.

Not much time goes by in our week before we are asked if we carry the holy grail of plants. You probably know these ‘dream’ plants. These are plants that will take nearly any growing condition and thrive with colorful flowers to boot. Mostly folks are looking for plants that can survive being inundated with water […]

Marsh mallow

Wintery roads and sidewalks are often coated in salt for most of the winter. As snow melts, this creates a saline brine that infiltrates the garden beds and soils abutting the access ways. Some plants find this most unpleasant and eventually succumb to the salt. Other plants do not seem to mind these conditions at […]

A small section of the library

Each month we host a Once in a Moon Give away on our Facebook page. Here we encourage people to ‘like’, ‘share’ and comment on the post of the day and in return we offer some sort of nifty reward. Though hand tools and posters and even flats of plants have been up for grabs, […]

Black Walnut

The poor black walnut, Juglans nigra, is often maligned. People seem to roll their eyes when they see they have on in their yard, or have to contend with one in their recent project. Some dislike it because it is the first to lose its leaves in fall a sure sign that winter is coming. Others know that […]

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.