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Pest or Pollinator?

In the native plant world that we here at New Moon are a part of, we sometimes engage in conversations with folks wondering what is so great about native plants? Why would a person, when there is a global selection of horticultural wonders available at any number of locations, choose to plant the same old […]

Hellstrips

With all this wintery weather are you thinking about those poor plants sitting under salty piles of snow? Or are you feeling sorry for the leaves on median plantings that are being sprayed by a salty brine as brave commuters speed past on their way to their destination. As more municipalities are looking to green […]

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 […]

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 […]

What Makes Plants Salt Tolerant?

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 […]

But Nothing Will Grow There

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 […]