Blooming Colors' selection of non-motile life forms caters to all groups of greenthumbs, be they outdoor landscapers or indoor efflorescence enthusiasts. Spruce up a boring lawn with a majestic oak, flowering shrubs ($22.99–$26.99), or enlist the aid of an evergreen to retain altitudinal dominance over your neighbor's super-sized lawn-gnome statues. Your journey of a thousand pricked fingers starts with a single thorn—fire the flowery opening salvo in that journey with a KnockOut rose ($22.99-$29.99). Brighten the corners of your pavement with a wave of four-inch pots of fall color pansies or petunias ($.99), or fill it to overflowing with pots or gallons of perennials and herbs ($2.99-$9.99). Blooming Colors' assortment of fountains, yard art, and gardening accouterments cover any job, and their knowledgeable staff can give expert guidance if you say the magic word—"the."
Surrounded by a floral moat, Landscape Systems of Texas is an emerald fortress smattered with bright petals. Flats bolster annual, perennial, and tropical bedding plants. The grounds are flanked by ornamental shrubs and trees, which are available for purchase or to rent for occasions such as garden parties and battle-to-the-death croquet matches. The staff also drops in on homes and offices to custom-manicure lawns and design irrigation and drainage systems.
Elizabeth Samudio, owner of Elizabeth Anna’s Old World Garden, cultivates an eco-friendly urban sprawl of thriving flora and fauna situated just minutes from downtown. Wander through rows of edible, unusual, and native plants whose organic designation signals freedom from synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, and whose lushness and vibrancy make them ideal camouflage for secret backyard wrestling leagues. Secure a romantic rendezvous with beguiling rose varietals, or nurture fruit trees and veggie starts into fully stocked, self-replenishing produce aisles. Samudio and her staff of greenthumbs will gladly aid customers with photosynthesizer selection, sharing planting and care tips for aesthetics ranging from asparagus ferns and creeping ivy to topiaries shaped like the mailman.
In a split second, Harvest Landscape Services' designers can completely change the way homeowners look at their yards. The quick change in perspective is thanks to the company's 3D computer visualization system, which they use to create realistic models of potential landscapes. Designers might add pools, gardens, waterfalls, or game areas such as basketball and tennis courts. Once customers decide on a design, the team creates it in the real world, which was recently upgraded to three dimensions. Harvest Landscape Services' lawn-care specialists and gardeners can also maintain outdoor spaces.
The licensed and insured, professional exterminators from Natural Habitat wield EPA-registered chemicals in their battle against household pests. Home and business owners plagued by pesky critters such as mosquitoes, bed bugs, fleas, and rats can sign up for services on a one-time or ongoing basis—often necessary when spider families designate structures as a vacation home. When faced with a termite colony, the team lays down baiting systems around slabs, piers, and beams, and attacks mosquitoes with exterior misting systems.
When she opened the first Redenta’s Garden location in 1992, Ruth Kinler made sure to hire only experienced gardeners. She believed then—and still does—that her employees should be as passionate about the ins and outs of gardening as they are about frolicking among the first buds of spring. Very little has changed in the ensuing two decades; the shop continues to specialize in 100% organic plants and delight area gardeners with its unique varietals. Among the fragrant aisles, one can expect to find rare annuals growing alongside native and water-wise plants, the latter celebrated for their disciplined sipping habits.
As organic gardeners themselves, the store’s staff educates customers on seasonal blooms and holds regular classes and events. Though class topics vary, they often include helpful instruction in areas such as organic vegetable gardening, cooking with herbs and vegetables, and safely removing one’s hand from a flytrap. Redenta’s Garden also assists homeowners with modern landscape design that aims for low-maintenance, eco-friendly solutions.: