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Cultivars: We Have Those, and We are Okay with That.

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 […]

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 […]

Carex pensylvanica

This post is not really about Carex pensylvanica. Apologies for the bait and switch but we figured calling the post Carex pensylvanica may be the only way to get folks to read on, if only accidentally, about another sedge option. You see, we here at New Moon Nursery have found high demand Carex pensylvanica, so much […]

Better Living Through Nature – or – the Backyard Medicine Cabinet

  Seems as though our bird-friendly, great-fall-color, native vine Poison Ivy is out in full effect this summer. If you haven’t had this rash yet this season count yourself as one of the lucky few. This spring New Moon Nursery co-owner Kim Brown got into some poison ivy,as happens nearly every year. This year Kim’s friend gave her some jewelweed […]

The Holy Grail of Plants

Not much time goes by in our week before we are asked if we carry the holy grail of plants. You probably know these ‘dream’ plants. These are plants that will take nearly any growing condition and thrive with colorful flowers to boot. Mostly folks are looking for plants that can survive being inundated with water […]

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 […]

Snowed In? How About a Good Read?

Each month we host a Once in a Moon Give away on our Facebook page. Here we encourage people to ‘like’, ‘share’ and comment on the post of the day and in return we offer some sort of nifty reward. Though hand tools and posters and even flats of plants have been up for grabs, […]