Winesett's huge plant catalog offers an excellent search system to help you pinpoint your desired fronds, ferns, and foliage before you set foot in their beautifully floral space. But those who subscribe to the Indiana Jones school of gardening can always crash in through the palms and uncover their personal horticultural holy grail by asking Winesett's helpful staff of experts to guide them to it. Starters of annuals start at $1.69, but you can also get a ready-to-inhale hanging basket of blooms beginning at $15.99. Gallon perennials are $7.99, including favorites such as Russian Sage, Ice Plant, May Night Salvia, and Purple Heart Wandering Jew. If you're looking to beautify your lawn after its outbreak of acne, buy and/or install a flowering shrub such as a mock Orange ($19.99), Spirea ($17.99), or Loropetalum ($24.99). For a High Plains feel, a drift rose ($24.99) will paint your whole house red. Winesett Nursery also carries a plethora of rare and unusual plants that tend to flourish in the Tidewater area, such as piranha plants, whomping willows, and body-snatching pods.
For more than a decade, Clark Nursery's knowledgeable staff has helped homeowners to create fetching homestead panoramas through landscape and hardscape designs. With the opening of the new garden center, staff members now turn their skills to curating a collection of annuals, perennials, shrubbery, and lawn accouterments for do-it-yourself gardening. The green-thumbed staffers are on hand to dole out design advice as homeowners make their selections from an inventory that includes statuary and cast limestone planters from Haddonstone, teak furniture from Kingsley Bate, and garden gnomes from Middle-earth.
A stroll through Enchanted Forest Nursery is like going on a nature hike, except you can take all of the scenery home with you. The wooded nursery contains trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, as well as tranquil koi tanks that can put even a murderous Aquaman at ease. More wildlife makes its home in and around the onsite pond, where frogs and ducks swim amid water plants. The wide expanse of plants, flowers, and garden accessories, including natural stones sold by the pound, sprawls across more than 10,000 square feet.
The green-thumbed guides at White’s Nursery & Greenhouses help shoppers navigate 20 acres of potted flowers and a treasure trove of gardeny gift items, earning kudos such as the Virginian-Pilot’s 2010 Best of Chesapeake Gold Award. Hardy shrubs ($25–$30 for 3-gal. container) lure landscapers with the come-hither shake of verdant leaves, and colorful blossoms on florist-quality chrysanthemums prepare for debuts in homes, bouquets, or fashionable parade floats. Daisy-like ice plants can lend their edible leaves to salads, and sweet-smelling gardenia perennials may banish outdoor odors with their tropical fragrance. In addition to peddling plants, the garden center doubles as a gift shop, stocking Vera Bradley beach towels ($30), Yankee Candle votives ($30 for a 22 oz. jar of two), and seasonal items such as Christmas poinsettias and Pi Day pumpkins.
The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.