Joseph Sirotkin founded DynaServ more than 45 years ago, on the principle that customer service stands out when it comes to landscape maintenance. His staffers are subject to background checks, formal training, and wacky inflatable hurdles before they begin work, during which they proudly wear official uniforms. They install and maintain landscapes for homes and businesses, performing services that include irrigation, pest control, and hurricane restoration. The company’s garden center also boasts 25 acres of plants, pots, figurines, and accessories to outfit green-thumbed shoppers.
With a collection of more than 10,000 bromeliads in stock, Sunshine Bromeliads stuns potters and planters with a leafy arsenal of flora for homes and gardens. Brighten up windowsills with a 6-inch pot-dwelling Sheba ($10), or practice horticultural hexes on the colorful Voo Doo Doll, a magenta, broad-leafed, housebroken plant ($10). Other low-maintenance greeneries include the striped Black Chantinii decked out in tall, zebra-striped leaves ($20), or the colorful and petite Rafael named for its striking resemblance to Rafael Nadal ($15). Unlike a trust-fund vampire, most of the bromeliads can survive outdoors or inside with access to sunlight.
At Bloom Nursery, owner Diego Scort and his staff of green thumbs nurture the tender blossoms and lush foliage of the nursery's stock of palms, shrubs, and budding vines. They strive to help customers gussy up their gardens with organically and locally grown plants, as well as those that have been adapted to thrive in South Florida's climate. In addition to sending visitors off with flourishing flora, the staffers also equip gardeners with the materials, supplies, and tips necessary to keep plants from sprouting rampant weeds or eloping with tumbleweeds just passing through town.
With a fragrant host of photosynthesizing wares, De La Flor Gardens delights guests with colorful arrangements and occasion-appropriate projects. Eschew singing telegrams or carrier pigeons trained in interpretive dance for a colorful explosion of sentiment corralled into a carefully arranged collection of flowers. The Appreciation bouquet intersperses white and purple blossoms among eye-catching pink roses ($44.99), perfect for expressing gratitude to a mom, teacher, or friend. Or, show off your romantic side with the Token of My Love bouquet ($49.95), which nestles yellow roses, hydrangeas, and other brightly pigmented blooms into a charming wicker basket that may be repurposed for a picnic or as a storage bin for smaller, even more charming wicker baskets.