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Sunflowers Made for the Shade

Are you one of those people who like summer? Who enjoy the heat and humidity? Do you have your limits? Are we reaching them? Today it is supposed to be 98 degrees with a real-feel of 103. Any one out there saying they enjoy this? It is not fun inside a greenhouse, that’s for sure. […]

Are We In A Drought?

Sure it has been dry. Some of us cannot remember the last time we had a good soaking rain. Some of us are spending inordinate amounts of time watering. But are we in a drought? The University of Nebraska- Lincoln hosts a national drought monitor as part of their National Drought Mitigation Center. According to […]

Have you heard of the spongy moth?

Yes! Yes you have. The spongy moth is the new common name for Lymantria dispar the insect formerly known as the Gypsy moth. Why the name change? The Entomology Society of America recently voted to change the accepted common name of this invasive pest to Spongy Moth to acknowledge the problematic use of the term […]

Don’t let the name scare you – Downy Wood Mint is not like its aggressive cousins

Blephilia ciliata, or Downy Wood Mint is in the mint family and so related to known, and beloved, rampant spreaders and aggressive competitors such as Pycnanthemum muticum and Physostegia virginiana. Sometimes we want something that will fill in a space quickly and thoroughly, especially if it attracts pollinators and supports beneficial insects. And sometimes we […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tallamy Plants

You all are probably are familiar with Doug Tallamy’s first book – Bringing Nature Home. If you aren’t you should be! Written in 2007, this guide to gardening for wildlife and why has become a bible for the conservation minded home gardener. An article about a book from 2007 may feel like a Throwback Thursday […]

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 […]

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 plantsĀ  (we have tried! and tried again!)- because we plant them (and are able […]