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We Have a Confession

Spring is here and business is ramping up. And we have greenhouses full of Carex of all types. If you know us, and know James, we have a thing for Carex. Generally we have nothing but good things to say about sedges. We want to talk them up because they are underused in the landscape, […]

Take Time to Stop and Smell the Native Plants

Fragrance is a magical attribute. ~ Carolyn Summers Designing Gardens with Flora of the American East Native plants delight the eye, enhance our environment and provide for the local fauna ensuring, with careful attention to the soil, a healthy and enhanced ecosystem. While we are planting for the butterflies and bees and ants and birds, let […]

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 […]