Each certified staff member at Blue Sky Lawn & Landscape calls upon more than 10 years of experience by planting trees, nurturing lawns, and orchestrating custom landscape plans. Their landscape-maintenance services include spring edging and fall pruning, which help to prepare lawns, shrubs, and trees for the seasons ahead. With flower-bed and hardscape installation, the specialists create homey backyard settings without going through the trouble of dragging out living-room sofas. Come winter, they keep icy foes from creeping up doorsteps with plowing, shoveling, and salting services.
Hyde Park Floral’s flower whisperers bundle fresh blossoms into custom configurations and prearranged bouquets. Yellow Asiatic lilies, blue irises, and red gerberas march with pomp and circumstance in the Colors on Parade arrangement, and the magenta mélange of buds stocking the Missing You Bunches basket can enliven a drab office cubicle with more facility than a puff-painted stapler (each $40 and up). Let a petal proficient compose a custom stem stanza (priced by stem) from a stockade of individual flowers, including daisies ($1.25/stem), gerbera daisies ($1.75/stem), roses ($2/stem), and lilies ($4/stem), or select a predesigned arrangement from the special-occasion collection. All arrangements are available in-store and online, and can be delivered to any front door, place of business, or unregulated submarine hatch (may incur an additional fee).
CGC has planted more than 45 gardens across Cincinnati in the past 30 years, and the gardens' leafy fruit have reached more than 2,000 community members. Driven by its community base, the neighborhood-gardens program furnishes flourishing garden beds with volunteers, water tanks, tools, and seeds. However, the gardens are commonly plagued with poor city soil, clogged with rubble and stripped of nutrients. CGC would like to infuse a community garden with 10 garden plots' worth of fresh, nutrient-rich soil, creating a fertile infrastructure that will support plantings for generations.
Benken's greenhouses are beaming with fantastic flora, with everything from easy-to-grow plants to exotic tropical trees represented. For rejuvenating flower power every spring, consider selecting from the thousand-plus perpetual perennials ($12.99 and up). Otherwise, increase the splendor of this year's garden goodies by stocking up on annuals ($5.99–$9.99). Similar to cheap beer, except more delicious and rewarding, six-packs of vegetable plants go for $4.99. A properly pampered 4" tomato plant ($2.59) will produce pounds of produce, ensuring that the "T" in one's summer BLTs won't have to be teabags or treacle again. Gardening gourmands, meanwhile, can spice up their outdoors with $5.99 herbs. Hanging baskets of geraniums ($29.99) add an airiness and color to any porch or dungeon. Three gallons of knockout roses ($34.99) will finally give your yard a way to ask you to marry it, while one gallon of Patriot hostas ($14.99) lets you celebrate Independence Day with a ka-bloom that will outlast any firework's ka-boom.