If a Houston homeowner's landscape is a family made up of verdant lawns, colorful flowers, and leafy shrubs, then the trees are the shy middle children. Unlike the lawn, trees don't get doted on with nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Unlike flowers, trees are not patiently pruned, weeded, or plucked and pinned to a grandmother's lapel. Sadly, most homeowners only pay attention to trees once it's too late; by then, their foliage has wilted to a pale yellowy complexion and they’ve started hanging out with bad crowds of bagworms or pine-bark beetles. At Texas Tree Team, arborists make sure that these gentle specimens get the nurturing they need to survive and thrive. Their services care for trees throughout their leafy life span, from planting and feeding to pruning and stump removal. The team also protects trees threatened with displacement or removal by construction or urban sprawl, preserving shade and blossoms for future residents. Along with protecting mature trees, the company also plants new saplings, dotting landscapes with trees ranging from color-sprayed magnolias, bradford pears, pecan trees, or crepe myrtles to palms hearty enough to weather even the hottest heat waves.
The perfect combination of flowers, plants, and landscaping can drastically transform the look of a home—something that P.J. Whitehouse, the owner of Heights Plant Farm, knows firsthand. When searching for a business location, she eschewed the traditional storefront and instead purchased an old house. She then transformed this building's front and back yards into a sea of flowers, potted plants, and trees.
To help customers make over their own yards, P.J. and her staff design landscapes for free, creating the perfect arrangement of flowers, trees, and plants. And to ensure these new residents live healthy lives, they run a deliver-and-dig program. With this service, gardeners will deliver, plant, and potty train each customer's chosen flora.
While plants dominate the outdoors, P.J. devotes her business's interior to handcrafted jewelry, locally produced honey, and relaxation aids. She also stocks the works of local artists.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started The Green Painter by New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
In more than 1,112 stores worldwide, Edible Arrangements' Fruit Experts arrange pieces of premium fruit in stunning displays for all occasions. Customers can customize their order to suit any occasion, receiving chocolate-dipped fruit such as pineapples, granny-smith apples, and juicy strawberries that, unlike the sodas found in most mummies' crypts, don't contain any preservatives. Fruit Experts can dip fruit in gourmet semisweet or white chocolate. For birthdays and anniversaries, chocolate wielders can personalize bouquets with gifts such as plush teddy bears and mylar balloons.
Winner of FTD's “Top 100” industry-achievement award, Lexis Florist has crafted prize-winning plant art for more than 20 years. Each floral arranger positions fresh, seasonal blooms at aesthetic angles, from a clear vase of 12 red roses with curly willow accents ($89) to a glass globe brimming with pink petal-pops ($75). A vaseful of tulips celebrates the arrival of summer ($55), and a motley bunch of gingers, anthuriums, and other tropical blossoms adds color to a snow-white kitchen ($135). Lexis Florist's heart-shaped arrangement framed by orchids ($195) expresses love and devotion without the exhaustion of building a 20-foot greeting-card ice sculpture.