Author Archives: New Moon Nursery

Native (and other) Plants for Septic Drainfields

  Many landscapes featuring native plants the one glaring exception to the diversity in seasonal color, floral display and wildlife supported is the septic drainage field. This is often identified in the landscape as a closely trimmed mound of lawn grass. The reasons lawn grasses are used here are the same reasons they do not […]

Research: Relative performance of native cultivar and wild collected seed for grassland restoration

The dearth of recent research relating to native plants, native cultivars and plugs is conspicuous. We tend to look for this type of information and share it when we find it. We aim to provide our customers and blog visitors fact-based information to help with decision making and to help provide information that will assist […]

Beyond Sedums: Native Plants for Green Roofs

Green roofs abound. Even little bird houses, like these at the Smithsonian Gardens, are popping up with their own garden rooftops. In our opinion, there are not enough yet and some serious research needs to be done in adaptive reuse, engineering and regulation for turning existing asphalt roofs into heightened oases. Whether it’s a tool […]

Other Native Plant Blogs: The Prairie Ecologist

We are a sucker for great photos. The Prairie Ecologist has great photos. Visit for the pictures. Insect pictures, flower pictures, wide mid-western prairie pictures. Stay for the words. They are all (well, mostly) contributed by Chris Helzer. Chris is the Director of Science for the Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. He documents the seasons, research, […]

Joe Pye Weed Safari

Joe Pye Weed, the artist formerly known as Eupatorium purpureum, is currently known to the up and coming horticulturists, landscape architects, conservationists, growers, and others out there learning now or willing to make the transition (we are not as you will notice in our catalog), as Eutrochium purpureum. Pretty common and readily available, you all probably know […]

Bringing the Blooms Indoors

We plant natives for the pollinators, to support the ecological systems, for the birds, yes, yes we do. But there’s a reason we plant some and not others, why “nativars” are a thing and why New Moon Nursery can’t sell ugly plants  (we have tried! and tried again!)- because we plant them (and are able […]

Native Perennials for Clay Soils

Last year was the wettest in NJ history and the 2nd wettest year in Philadelphia-area history. We seem to be on track to meet or surpass the goal this year, every month in the spring featured above average rainfall. You are all likely aware of this. All of this rainfall may have exasperated areas of […]

Supporting the Threatened and Endangered: Butterflies

Seems Instagram and Facebook are filled with photos of Monarchs and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on all types of colorful and not-so-colorful (Yes, Mountain Mint I am talking to you!) flowers this time of the year. These fascination with butterflies inspired us to talk about some lesser know flying beauties that are struggling and the […]

Alternative Thinking

Nearly since the beginning we have produced non-natives. There are pet plants and plants everyone asks for and so it would be crazy not to sell them – we are a business after all – and those plants in question have no record of invasiveness or other harm on the ecology of a place, at […]

Website We Love: Illinois Wildflowers

As a south Jersey-based company, why would we be so drawn to a website featuring the native plats of Illinois? The information and the pictures. Do not be fooled by the simple home page, Illinois Wildflowers is the work of  Dr. John Hilty (does anyone know him? web information about him is limited!) and is packed […]