Pest Alert: Aloe Mites!

Aloe saponaria

Aloe is one of my favorite plants to have growing in the garden. In addition to its many practical uses around the house, it’s an absolute champion in our climate. Deer and rabbits tend to leave it alone, while hummingbirds go crazy for the tall spikes of orange or yellow flowers that often bloom very early in the year. While this plant does enjoy a fairly pest- and disease-free existence, there’s one common critter in Southern Arizona that can cause lots of damage to susceptible aloe species, and it’s a particularly difficult critter to treat!

Bring Back the Monarchs!


It’s peak butterfly season in Arizona, and this is the time of year when you’re most likely to see Monarch butterflies traveling through your garden as they migrate to California or Mexico for the winter. No other butterfly in the world migrates the way that the monarch butterflies do, which makes this seasonal event quite an enchanting spectacle. As Monarch populations continue to dwindle, however, this natural phenomenon may disappear completely. Learn what you can do to help save the Monarchs and their amazing migration in this week’s blog.

Native Plants at Civano Nursery


Back in 2012, Civano Nursery® joined forces with American Beauties Native Plants® to help support the National Wildlife Federation® while putting some of our best Southwestern native plants in the spotlight. Recognizing a native plant that is part of the American Beauties® line is easy because they have unique mint-green containers and special tags with information about how that plant benefits our regional wildlife.

Gaura lindheimeri 'Mr. Liko'

Gettin’ Figgy With It

Fig Tree My husband and I just bought our first home, and as you might have guessed, I’m extremely anxious to begin planning and planting my very own garden. There are many things to do before we’re ready to start putting plants in the ground, but I’ve already decided what I’d like to plant first; definitely a fig tree.

All About Palms


There are very few plants that can add a tropical ambiance and dramatic accents to our desert landscapes as effectively as palm trees. Although our selection of suitable palms is somewhat limited by cold winter temperatures and low humidity, there are still plenty of heat-loving and drought tolerant options to choose from.

Washingtonia robusta

Pest Alert!

Damaged Leaf

If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll remember that we recently posted about Tecoma, a popular hot garden plant that you can see blooming through the summer all around Tucson. While I was out taking photos for that post, I noticed a problem that many gardeners in our area may see this time of year on their own Tecomas at home.