Archive for “wildlife” Tag

Mesa’s Plants to Provide Shade, Color, and Wildlife

August 18, 2021

Would you like to attract birds or butterflies to your yard or perhaps you are looking for year-round color, or a cool, shady retreat? By selecting plants that are well-adapted to our desert climate you’ll have less maintenance and more time and money to enjoy your beautiful landscape. Horticulturist and Conservation Coordinator, Donna DiFrancesco, from the City of Mesa Environmental …

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plant that attracts butterflies

Scottsdale’s free landscape workshop: Plant something and attract birds (and people)!

October 16, 2019

No one likes going hungry—especially not the birds visiting your yard! Learn how and why native plants are critical to wildlife… and how to select the right plant for the right place. Discover Audubon’s new search-able database of nearly 3,000 native plants and trees and unlock the potential of your yard to be beautiful, low maintenance and bird friendly!

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Plant of the Month – The Mighty Saguaro

May 15, 2018

The Saguaro cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, is the most famous and characteristic plant of the Sonoran desert. This gigantic, tree-like cactus is an Arizona icon! Description The main trunk of a mature Saguaro may be 40 feet high and 2 feet in diameter. A woody inner skeleton provides the strength to support ten arms or more. Although the age of a Saguaro …

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Saguaro in desert

Plant of the Month: Night-Blooming Cereus (repandus and hildmannianus)

August 27, 2019

Cereus cacti are nighttime showstoppers that are not shy about strutting their blooms. The two Cereus species highlighted, repandus and hildmannuamus, are so similar it’s challenging to differentiate between them. Like most cacti, this garden giant sits unassuming in the landscape, happy to take in full sun with minimal water. In late spring however, large white showy flowers will open …

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Plant of the Month: Pollinator-Friendly Plants are All the Buzz

May 10, 2021

Bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies are just a few of the helpful pollinators flying through our landscapes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants to reproduce. We depend on pollinators for the gardens we enjoy, plant materials we utilize, and the food we eat. Bees are by far the …

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