For 30 years, Jane Case has conceived and created magnificent perennial gardens. Blue Moon Farm on South Kingstown’s Saugatucket Road is her home base, garden consulting business, retail store and for visitors, a welcomed destination. There are four shade houses, a natural stone bridge over pumpkin orange koi with pickerel weed plants settled into white edges, a cut flower garden, beehives for honey and lip balm and acres of beautiful native plants.
Jane has style. With an artist’s eye she sees graceful iris borders complementing green vegetable gardens, tall flowers like Joe Pye Weed bringing warm pinks and purples to paled landscapes, light canopied soils thick with shade tolerant ferns and Autumn Bride heucheras. Native plants, she understands, work in harmony with our environment. “We love beautifying places, we love our native plants.” Jane believes perennial, native plants make more sense, a gardening concept now widely embraced. “A new sense of environmental awareness has helped,” she says, with gardeners using fewer chemicals, which saves crucial pollinators and provides food for local animals. Farm manager Mike Yarworth agrees to embrace a logical, whole lifecycle concept. “Native plants attract native insects, which attract native birds,” he said.
Blue Moon Farm enjoys thinking and planting differently than conventional gardeners. “We work with native and unusual plants and we do veer towards the unusual,” Jane says, smiling. They offer four species of fragrant milkweed, from common to tropical, for summer blossoms which feed Monarch butterflies migrating from Mexico. There are rows of bright hydrangea, tall stewartia, black pots of David Austin roses and full green shrubs opposite xeriscape offerings like sedums and creeping thyme. Planting will continue when the dry summer fades to a cool fall, “which is equally good a time as spring; there is no blistering sun,” Jane notes. Built on Jane and Mike’s shared love for perennials, Blue Moon Farm envisions, designs and creates unique and personal garden destinations. With that artist’s vision, beautiful gardens brushed blue with mature rattlesnake masters or made fragrant with the light vanilla of ivory Claire Austin roses will bring us joy year after year.