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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 […]

Joe Pye Weed Safari

Joe Pye Weed, the artist formerly known as Eupatorium purpureum, is currently known to the up and coming horticulturists, landscape architects, conservationists, growers, and others out there learning now or willing to make the transition (we are not as you will notice in our catalog), as Eutrochium purpureum. Pretty common and readily available, you all probably know […]

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

Native Perennials for Clay Soils

Last year was the wettest in NJ history and the 2nd wettest year in Philadelphia-area history. We seem to be on track to meet or surpass the goal this year, every month in the spring featured above average rainfall. You are all likely aware of this. All of this rainfall may have exasperated areas of […]

Supporting the Threatened and Endangered: Butterflies

Seems Instagram and Facebook are filled with photos of Monarchs and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies on all types of colorful and not-so-colorful (Yes, Mountain Mint I am talking to you!) flowers this time of the year. These fascination with butterflies inspired us to talk about some lesser know flying beauties that are struggling and the […]

Alternative Thinking

Nearly since the beginning we have produced non-natives. There are pet plants and plants everyone asks for and so it would be crazy not to sell them – we are a business after all – and those plants in question have no record of invasiveness or other harm on the ecology of a place, at […]

In the Thick of Things

Some of you may have had a similar experience as Kim had not too long ago. She looked out her window at the lump of tawny twigs and yellow flowers that calls itself forsythia and noticed lots of activity in its center. This basically useless plant in the landscape was, in fact, acting as habitat […]