Through their shop and sustainable vertical-landscaping services, Urban Jungle aims to cultivate green space wherever possible throughout Philadelphia's brick-and-concrete ecosystem. Indoor plants, air plants, containers, and pockets that hang from vertical-gardening structures cater to apartment dwellers without a yard of their own to mow. Those lucky enough to have a rooftop or an open green space can personalize their landscapes with outdoor plants, recycled-metal sculptures, and stone fountains. Their gardening gurus also lead workshops throughout the year on topics such as making terrariums, vertical gardening, arranging floral centerpieces, or reinforcing beanstalks in hopes of reaching the Cloud Kingdom.
The florists at Carl Alan Floral Designs craft custom bouquets ideal for decorating special occasions or putting a simple pop of color on a dining room table. The team can tailor their custom wedding bouquets to nuptials in any style; meanwhile, their clusters of roses are ideal for romantic gestures, and their tropical arrangements evoke a warm climate like a bouquet of drink umbrellas. For simpler creations, clients can order from the online store, which complements the real-world shop and stays open 24/7.
Baskets, trellises, and pots fill Healthy Gardens and Supply's racks and shelves, awaiting the day their mesh bottoms and wire tops embrace the tender roots and leafy tendrils of hydroponic and organically grown plants. The plant purveyor furnishes home growers with supplies such as grow lighting, tools from cable ties to thirsty lights, and nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. Additionally, a library of instructional books packs bindings with hydroponic how-tos, cutting instructions, and tips on how to comfort jealous houseplants.
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.