A spring cleanup from Picture Perfect is like a day at a grass spa for lawns bedraggled by ever-abusive Old Man Winter. Let the landscaping staff gut leaves and debris from lawns and flowerbeds with the enthusiasm of a hazelnut fiend scraping the last sweet smidge from a Nutella jar. They'll trim bushes and shrubs of split ends and hibernation beards, and cut down the morbid, skeletal remains of last year's perennials and plants to make way for freshly formed, infantile plant life. All debris generated by the cleanup will be hauled away by the Picture Perfect staff as well, lest it attract curious raccoons or nest-hunting sandworms. Click here for a list of services and prices.
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.
For almost 60 years, family-owned Black Diamond, Inc. has plucked a bouquet of well-versed horticulturists to grow and tend its vast glassed-in fields of flowers, vegetables, trees, and shrubs. Having known many of Black Diamond, Inc.’s plants since their tender, botanic infancy, its greenery gurus pride themselves on being able to go beyond cursory recommendations to in-depth discussions of plants and how each interacts with fertilizers, soil, insecticides, and their ilk. Take home the recurrent colors of perennial flowers ($2.99–$11.99) such as the bloomerang—a repeat-blooming lilac that makes for better lawn fixtures than repeat-capsizing lilacs—or other low-maintenance, color-exuding favorites such as the knockout shrub rose or endless summer hydrangea. Annuals ($1.19–$29.99) provide summer-long flowerage with such pedal-wielders as the rocket mix snapdragon or shade-loving impatiens in accent watermelon. Vegetables ($0.89–$11.99) fill hunger voids and double as props during choreographed food fights in the form of roma tomatoes or black beauty eggplants, and shrubs ($9.99–$79.99) and a huge inventory of trees ($69.99–$299.99) serve up too-large-for-serving-platters of shade and yard ornamentation.
With over 100 years of experience in the fine art of floristry, the Durban family offers a large selection of flowers, as well as gift baskets, lollipop bouquets, fresh brownies, and other smile-inducing gift ideas. Welcome in the season of rebirth with Easter selections such as an Easter centerpiece ($49.95), a whimsical blooming garden basket ($39.95), or a traditional Easter lily ($29.95). Young men whose fancy has lightly turned to thoughts of love can pitch the season's first woo-ball with a lovely budvase with three red roses ($29.95). A birthday-balloon bouquet ($39.95) will cheerily commemorate a person's oldening, while a fresh-cut market-basket bouquet ($39.95) provides a perky pick-me-up for any holiday or occasion. And a Taste of Cincinnati basket ($39.95) stuffed with local foods is always a nice floral alternative for any triffid-traumatized gift recipient.
The knowledgeable staff at Toledo Indoor Garden arms green thumbs with the tools for planting, growing, and harvesting indoor gardens. Through hydroponics practices, experienced and novice growers alike can cultivate indoor gardens of fresh herbs, vegetables, fruits, and plants with limited soil, natural sunlight, or bee pickup lines. Staff members help growers to get their garden going, dispensing tips and advice and directing them to shelves crammed with hydroponics supplies such as fertilizers, soils, indoor-plant lamps, and aqua pumps.