Plants and flowers symbolize new life, so it's only fitting that City Planter resides inside a converted old warehouse, transforming what would be a dusty, vacant space into a vibrant gardener's paradise. Inside, the neighborhood nursery's friendly staff members readily share their wisdom and help clients select the perfect house plant for the living room, rose for the garden, and orchid for the dog house.
The green thumbs also encourage customers to stop by with pictures of their space and they will help design a garden sanctuary. If visiting the store isn't possible, staffers will plant your plant in a container and deliver it to your door.
The idea, really, is genius: edible fruits, chocolates and other snacks, tastefully arranged as bouquets, to be given out to coworkers, ordered for friends or handed to a special loved one. The Roxborough outpost of this national chain seeks to pair up customers with the arrangement of their dreams, often going well beyond the usual anniversaries and milestones to reach for a more personalized finish. Funkier options might include balloons and a stuffed bear; squeal-worthy pineapple cutouts of the wide-eyed Hello Kitty; or apple Fruit Truffles: Granny Smith apple pieces dipped in semisweet chocolate and dripped with toppings like cinnamon chocolate or white drizzle. Call ahead to choose your arrangement and have it delivered, or swing by the small shop to pick something up before any big occasion.
Just as a weatherman's monthly bonus varies with the temperature, the selection at NE Flower Boutique varies with the season. But regardless of the exotic flowers, roses, lilies, and orchids available to them, the shop's floral artists piece together tasteful bouquets that bloom from European baskets in a burst of color and aroma. Rose bouquets, wedding and prom displays, and sympathy arrangements capture the mood of a special event or carry twice the weight of words in expressing love, gratitude, or condolences. The staff also creates festive balloon displays and keeps hours seven days a week to accommodate last-minute requests.
Culling blossoms from California, Latin American, and throughout the world, Victoria Flower Company masterfully fashions multihued, and multinational, flower bouquets, The shop's expert staff arranges scented blooms in a variety of alluring styles ($10 for greenery & work). Green thumbs group roses in such a way as to catch the eye of potential sweethearts or ensnare feral poets ($4+ each). Exotic ginger blossoms and orchids provide a uniquely stunning display ($5 each) and a set of foil balloons buoy moods as effectively as a high-five from a helium molecule ($3+ each). Though this Groupon does not cover transportation costs, same-day delivery is available within 20 miles of the 19116 zip code for an extra fee.
Laurel Hill Gardens helps green thumbs and greensleeves alike welcome the season of rebirth and taxes with an array of flora and gardening supplies. Transform your front yard into a parade of petals with spring annuals such as pansies and primroses, as well as flowering bulbs such as tulips and daffodils ($3.99+). You can also get a head start on the harvest with lettuce ($3.99), populate your kitchen with culinary herbs ($3.99), or accent your backyard with a colorful Japanese maple tree ($95+). Laurel Hill Gardens sells pottery, garden statuary, and window boxes for all budgets, along with birdhouses, bird feeders, and bird youth hostels ($19.99+). Green gossip hounds looking to dig up dirt, meanwhile, can find organic seeds ($2.99) for veggies, herbs, and flowers and a full line of organic gardening supplies.