Author Archives: New Moon Nursery

Cultivars: We Have Those, and We are Okay with That.

Seems there is a lot of controversy in this small native plant world. One of the points of contention that keeps arising is the kerfuffle over whether cultivars of native plants are, in fact, native plants. We here at New Moon, are not in the business of telling you what to think. Remember our discussion […]

Inviting Parasites to the Garden

A while back we talked about plants you can include in your landscapes to attract predatory insects to your landscapes. This would not only enhance the diversity of your garden but of your insect population and help control insect pests naturally with little input from the gardener. Another type of beneficial insect you may want […]

Underused Plants:Amsonia tabernaemontana v. salicifolia

Seems there is a lot of controversy in this small native plant world. One of the points of contention that keeps arising is the kerfuffle over whether cultivars of native plants are, in fact, native plants. We here at New Moon, are not in the business of telling you what to think. Remember our discussion […]

Carex pensylvanica

This post is not really about Carex pensylvanica. Apologies for the bait and switch but we figured calling the post Carex pensylvanica may be the only way to get folks to read on, if only accidentally, about another sedge option. You see, we here at New Moon Nursery have found high demand Carex pensylvanica, so much […]

Better Living Through Nature – or – the Backyard Medicine Cabinet

  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 […]

Underused Native Plant: Barren Strawberry

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 […]

Native Plants for Attracting Predatory 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 […]