Types of Bees and How to Identify Them (Pictures, Names, Identification Chart)

bee identification

Bees are small flying insects, common in summer gardens flying from flower to flower. Most bee species are recognizable by their striped fuzzy bodies—often with black and yellow or orange markings. There are 20,000 species of bees, and the most common – the Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) – is famous for producing honey.

Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia Argyreia): Care and Growing Guide

Watermelon Peperomia (Peperomia Argyreia) care

Watermelon peperomia (Peperomia argyreia, previously known as Peperomia sandersii) is a charming houseplant with striped leaves resembling a watermelon’s rind. Its succulent-like waxy leaves are oval with green and silver markings growing at the end of maroon-reddish stems. Watermelon peperomia plants can produce insignificant flower spikes at the end of long stems. The bushy houseplants grow up to 8” (20 cm) tall and are easy to grow at home.

Peperomia Hope: Plant Care and Growing Guide

Peperomia Hope care

Peperomia ‘Hope’ (Peperomia tetraphylla ‘Hope’) is a popular houseplant with oval, succulent-like green leaves. Its small leaves grow in groups of three or four on the stems. This perennial epiphyte is an ideal hanging basket plant because of its compact growth, trailing stems and evergreen foliage. Peperomia ‘Hope’ can produce tiny flowers on long spikes but they are insignificant.

Crabapple Trees (Malus): Types, Flowers, Fruits (Pictures)

Flowering Crabapple Trees

Crabapple trees are stunning ornamental flowering trees. Crabapple flowers come in spectacular shades of pink, white, cream, purple, orange, and red. Crabapple trees produce small fruits called crabapples that generally have a tart taste. The colorful miniature apples often stay hanging on the tree long after the leaves have dropped in the fall.

Types of Cypress Trees: Bald Cypress, Lemon Cypress, and More (Pictures)

Cypress trees are coniferous trees in the cypress family Cupressaceae. True cypress trees have soft, feathery evergreen foliage and produce cones that look like large acorns.

Peat Moss (Sphagnum Peat Moss): Uses in Garden Soil, Benefits and More

Peat moss is a useful garden soil amendment or ingredient in potting soil. Gardeners use peat moss to increase soil moisture retention, aerate the soil, retain nutrients, and prevent soil compaction. Peat moss is also used to grow seeds, improve soil texture, and create various types of potting mixes.

Sansevieria ’Starfish’: Caring for Sansevieria Cylindrica (Cylindrical Snake Plant)

Sansevieria ‘Starfish’ (Sansevieria cylindrica ‘Boncel’) is a succulent plant with short, fat, fleshy cylindrical leaves that taper to a point. This snake plant cultivar has leaves with grayish-green color and bands of darker green marks around the leaves.

Types of Eucalyptus Trees: Leaves, Flowers, Bark – Identification Guide (With Pictures)

Types of Eucalyptus Trees: Bark, Leaves, Flowers - Identification Guide

Eucalyptus trees are species of large flowering trees and shrubs with aromatic leaves and attractive smooth peeling bark. Some types of Eucalyptus trees are called gum trees, and fruit from eucalyptus plants are called gumnuts. Eucalyptus plants are native to Australia but also grow in tropical and temperate climates throughout the world.

Small or Dwarf Flowering Shrubs (With Pictures and Names)

Small or Dwarf Flowering Shrubs

Dwarf or small flowering shrubs are ideal for compact gardens, colorful foundation planting, or to enhance larger flowering bushes. Some varieties of miniature flowering shrubs are evergreen plants. So, apart from producing flowers in spring and summer, they stay green all year long. Combinations of low-growing flowering shrubs and evergreen bushes at the front of the house can significantly enhance curb appeal.

Foxtail Fern: Caring for Asparagus Foxtail Fern (Asparagus Meyeri)

Asparagus Foxtail Fern (Asparagus Meyeri) care

Foxtail ferns are ornamental evergreen plants with plumes of bushy green foliage. Asparagus foxtail ferns are perennials in the family Asparagaceae and are not a true fern. Foxtails ferns get their name from their fern-like leaves that grow in conical, bottlebrush shapes—just like a fox’s tail. Foxtail ferns grow outdoors in USDA zones 9 to 11.