Sprawled across more than 200,000 square feet of retail greenhouses, Painters Greenhouse shelters nearly 700 varieties of flora, all cultivated start-to-finish by a staff of knowledgeable green thumbs. Retiring from their 320-acre farm in Pennsylvania a few years ago, owners Brad and Deenie Owen sojourned to North Carolina to helm Painters Greenhouse, where they aim to increase the production of native plants, vegetables, and water garden plants—all with sustainability in mind. Their vast inventory of perennials, annuals, herbs, and shrubs is joined by an impressive variety of native species—plant life that occurs in the area naturally and is beneficial to the local ecosystem. Blooming baskets and potted ferns mingle with decorative planters and space-saving gardening containers, while aquatic plants provide good hiding spots for squirrels scuba-diving inside Painters' decorative fountains.
For nearly a decade, Ivey Landscaping's licensed lawn-care professionals have kept commercial and residential lawns looking fresh, lush, and bountiful. Its maintenance professionals review each lawn individually and then design a custom maintenance plan to keep the yard looking as fresh and green as the Incredible Hulk after a nap. Its services range from fertilization and weed control to mowing, aerating, seeding, and pruning. For lawns in need of a complete face-lift, Ivey's in-house landscape designer comes out to assess the grounds and provide designs in 2-D or 3-D renditions. The design services include lighting, irrigation, outdoor living areas, and installation of mature shrubs and trees. As an added perk, new maintenance customers benefit from complimentary curbside leaf collection, which prevents unsightly leaves from piling up and ruining a home's curb appeal or welcoming roving packs of leaf-jumping children.
For more than four decades, Weed Man's licensed and trained lawn-beautifying experts have tended to local lawns with custom blends of fertilizer, environmentally sound pest-control solutions, and knowledge gleaned from both living and working in the community. Created exclusively for Weed Man, the technicians' slow-release granular fertilizer nurtures lawns over a period of several weeks, and seeding and aeration promote continued green growth. Advice that aims to assist with local lawn problems helps inform patrons online, illuminating seasonal troubles, gardening trends, and the astrological signs of various plants.
Following a tradition of hardy Carolina craftsmanship, Southern Candles has been hand-pouring each of its creatively scented soy-wax candles for more than 13 years. Shoppers can set domiciles aglow with hundreds of fragrances grouped by common themes, such as seasonal, dessert, and aromatherapy flavors. Limited-edition Mistletoe candles spread the smells of Siberian pine, berries, and green apples to prompt spur-of-the-moment smooches, and 16-ounce birthday-cake-scented candles can prolong celebratory pinches for up to 110 hours of burn time. Twelve aromatherapy varieties reenergize noses and their attached physiques with scents of jasmine honey and Carolina ocean wind. Sift through the Unique Scents category to disperse aromas of patchouli, leather, and sandalwood, or lure poltergeists from wailing driers with the perfume of clean sheets. Flavors are available in 8-ounce country classic jars ($7.95), decorator glasses ($11.95 for 10 oz.; $17.95 for 16 oz.), 2-ounce votive nine-packs ($13.50), and six-packs of melt-away tarts ($3.95).
The uniformed crewmembers from Proformance Turf arrive at clients’ homes armed with clean, razor sharp equipment, ready to give landscapes a neat, well-kempt appearance. In business since 1988, the company relies on more than two decades of experience as they send out trained staff to treat lawns to services such as regular mowing, pruning of shrubs, and fertilization. Their time-earned expertise even extends to mosquito control and landscape lighting – particularly useful for spotting pets trying to sneak back into the yard after curfew.
An ethnobotanical enterprise for more than 30 years and member of North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association, Reems Creek Nursery purveys tools, seeds, flats, and more to help gardeners and landscapers dote on the earth's appendages. After a lengthy interview process including thorough, situation-based lines of questioning, the team of specialists at Reems Creek personally selects from a diverse offering of attractive, climate-suitable, and goal-oriented flora. The plantatarium specializes in jackson and perkins roses, shade perennials, herbs, and flower- and vegetable-bedding plants. The lynwood gold forsythia ($29.99) comes firmly rooted in a three-gallon pot and a conservative family background, and the camellia lemon glow ($12.99) highlights gardens in yellow. Further accessorize a natural nursery with Virginia bluebells ($5.99), vegetable starts ($2.49/four-pack), and 32-plant flats of pansies ($14.99), or get herb-encouraging equipment such as a brightly painted metal watering can ($17.99) or Espoma plant-tone fertilizer ($5.99 for 4 lbs.).