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.
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.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets that combine the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes ($35) that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress. Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand-shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
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.
One of Hampton Roads' oldest family-owned florists, Turpin's has been tending to Virginians' flower needs since 1959. Whether you order online or in the store, Turpin's design staff, which has a combined 150 years of experience, guarantees their flowers will stay fresh and fragrant for seven days. Customize a bouquet for a special someone, or choose from one of the popular pre-arranged options, such as a dozen roses ($49.99) or a Basket of Cheer ($39.99), a vibrant collection of bright, be-petaled beauties in a range of pinks, purples, yellows, and whites. Though aromatic and gorgeous, flowers sometimes lack essential sugars and nougats, so Turpin's will include a box of chocolates with any order for an additional $10. A Mylar balloon ($3.95) adds buoyancy to gravity-ridden gardenias or height-fearing hyacinths. Opt for a fruit basket or a long-living houseplant for special occasions when flowers aren't appropriate, such as the anniversary of Grandma's first pollen attack.