Since 1972, The Mosaic Tile Company has been the distributor for all your ceramic tile and stone needs. As the largest independent distributor in the Mid-Atlantic Region, The Mosaic Tile Company offers ten Design Centers displaying some of the most diverse ceramic tile products from around the globe. mosaictileco.com
The Great Big Greenhouse's knowledgeable staff, which includes Virginia-certified horticulturists, doles out plant-care advice to green-thumbed guests while maintaining 3.5 acres of colorful foliage replenished daily. Customers can celebrate autumn's finest fruit by picking a pumpkin ($0.49/lb.) that's great for carving jack-o'-lanterns and filling with Easter eggs, or infuse gardens with the autumnal hues of fall pansies ($15.99/market flat). Visitors can surprise companions with a 3-gallon pot of encore azaleas ($29.99) or a 7-gallon pot of Compacta holly ($29.99). A 3-foot tall Leyland cypress ($29.99) adds lush greenery to lackluster lawns and half-occupied tandem bicycles, and a collection of garden ornaments, statuary, and wind chimes add purpose to vacant plots. Customers can browse the open-air Huguenot-Robious farmer's market every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sample fresh-baked breads, locally grown produce, and wares crafted by local artisans.
Cross Creek Nursery helps shoppers spruce up gardens of all shapes and sizes with 10 acres’ worth of locally grown plants, trees, and garden décor. Three-gallon shrubs ($18.95) present a plethora of landscaping opportunities, and locally grown perennials ($6.49) provide dependable stability for backyards struggling with trust issues. Twenty-five-pound bags of Kentucky 31 grass seed ($39.95) or one-yard slices of sod ($4.95 each) create a lush swath of lawn for bare feet. Meanwhile, truckloads of mulch ($28/yd.) provide a soft basis for flowerbeds or serve as a handy alternative to living-room carpeting. Hostas ($8–$12), mums ($7–$20), and pansies ($3.49) infuse gardens and porches with splashes of color and provide a scenic backdrop for stone figures ($20+) depicting animals and Nobel laureates. A team of experienced horticulturists stands by to answer questions and polish faded green thumbs.
Tropical Treehouse Florist treats flora fanciers to arrangements of finely attuned blooms. The bouquets' enticing fragrances brighten up jovial occasions or cheer up friends going through hard times, such as the untimely loss of a beloved pet rock. Anniversary celebrators can chivalrously hand a dozen red roses to the sole denizen of their heart ($45.95), and the glass-vased Mom’s the Greatest, filled with elegant spring flowers and greenery, helps grateful progeny spoil splendid child-bearers on Mother's Day ($29.95). The Secret Garden, chock-full of hydrangeas, roses, lilies, daisies, and more in a wicker-accented tin, bestows down-home charm to genuine green thumbs ($39.95).