Author Archives: New Moon Nursery

What is Pale Indian Plantain and why should I plant it?

Think about what you order, what you plant and what you recommend for planting? We are sure you have your favorites. In fact, we know you have your favorites – we can tell by the orders. When is the last time you tried out an unfamiliar plant? Ordered some to plant around and see how […]

“Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away.”

Plants know how to make food and medicine from light and water, and then they give it away. Robin Wall Kimmerer Braiding Sweetgrass It is the time of year when many of us are trying to stick to resolutions, honor intentions and achieve goals. Sound familiar? What are you working on? Are any of yours […]

💀 Garden

The use of the skull emoji is all over the place, and is typically included as figurative death – dying from laughing, dying from embarrassment etc etc but in this case we are talking about the Grateful Dead. January 8th marked the 55th Anniversary of the first fan recording of a Grateful Dead Concert. Fans […]

Variegation’s True Stripes

How do you feel about variegation? Some people love it; others despise it – rarely do you find someone who can take it or leave it. Our own James Brown doesn’t meet too many variegated plants he can’t live without- which may help explain our limited selection of variegated plants. Some of the variegated plants […]

Green is the New Mulch

Recently we sent an email out to our list that, in part, touted Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox) as a good green mulch. We thought we would take some time here to explain what exactly a green mulch is and how to make it work. Mulch, as is commonly used in the American ornamental landscape is […]

Research: Sorghastrum nutans

If you are on our email list you may have received an email recently extolling the virtues of Sorghastrum nutans, or Indian Grass. You may have heard about allelopathic properties attributed to Sorghastrum nutans. This means that, similar to Juglans nigra (Black Walnut), the plant exudes plant growth regulating chemicals that inhibit plant growth around […]

Name Changes

You may notice our plant inventory and online plant list still feature the genus Aster. You may be of a certain age to remember when Asters were Asters. Though the name changes happened in the early 2000s and are based on a 1994 genetic study of all asters, you, like us, may still be having […]

Native Plants in Research: Allium cernuum – Climate Change and Changing Flower Color

The nodding onion was recently featured in a research paper about how climate change is affecting the colors of flowers. Our own native, Allium cernuum was one of 12 species studied. The research, by lead researcher Cierra Sullivan out of Clemson University’s Department of Biological Sciences showed a link between climate change and an increase […]

Plants with a Point

Nope, not spiky, thorny, spiny or prickly plants. These are plants with cardinal points. You probably read in a recent email update* about Echinacea tennesseensis ‘Rocky Top’ and the fact that its flowers always point east. The same is true with sunflowers. While researchers are still not quite sure why this is the case, there […]

Considering Root Diversity

When planning projects we are often considering diversity: the diversity of the animals who will be using them, pollinators, beneficial insects, birds, mammals; the diversity of seasonal interest: flowering time, showy fruits, good fall color, winter structure; the diversity of texture, shape and size. But have you considered the diversity of the roots of plants […]