Rated the top nursery for the last 10 years by AZ Business magazine, Moon Valley Nurseries complements its extensive inventory of plants and trees with services such as delivery, installation, and tips for care. The knowledgeable staff can help customers navigate the green aisles of trees and plants, which encompass such Plant Kingdom constituents as Palm Trees, Flowering Trees, Shrubs, and, during the holiday season, Christmas Trees. They also grow their own inventory so they can maintain direct control over the health and well being of their plants, whether treating them with the correct combination of fertilizers or pressuring admittance boards to make sure each seed gets into the best of nursery schools.
The home and garden gurus at The Green Goddess foster airy living spaces and premier patios with a varied line of products including ceramic planters, barbecue sets, and fire pits. Five gallons of shrubs ($14.99+) and one gallon of geraniums ($5.50) take root in flower beds, and ceramic containers ($25+) provide shelter for full-grown houseplants or children. Like exposing a steamy romance novel to a sparkler, Looftlighter grill starters ($80) ignite fires without the need for lighter fluid, and flexible Fire Wire kebob wires ($12) contort their meat- and veggie-filled bodies to meander around other grill occupants, filling spare space and saving cooking time.
A man-made forest of native, drought-tolerant plants shamelessly gulps carbon dioxide from the air within Desert Foothills Gardens Nursery, a plant hub that also churns out pottery, fountains, sculptures, and more. Hundreds of varieties of plants vie for attention, from aloes and agaves to bougainvilleas and yuccas. Grace the top of your top hat with a one-gallon golden barrel cactus ($6), or grab a five-gallon purple prickly pear ($19) to accentuate the poolside. Various sizes of cardoons, saguaros, and white Argentine giants are also available.
For years, the arborist owner of Xtreme Green Visions studied Arizona's soil. He performed trial-and-error experiments until he succeeded in developing an organic solution that bolstered the health of trees by increasing the nutrient uptake of their roots. Now, he shares the benefits of his research with customers by injecting that signature solution deep into soil, encouraging healthy, lush tree growth on their properties. Xtreme Green Visions' specialists also perform services such as pruning foliage, diagnosing sick plants, and installing landscaping without harming existing flora.
Over the years, Lone Star Landscaping, Inc. has built an extensive portfolio of custom outdoor designs. Their punctual and precise artists plant gardens and outfit yards with built-in barbecues, fire pits, and stonewalls. While homeowners amble along their newly built pavers and decks, water fountains trickle and pavilions shelter outdoor-entertainment centers. Their techs can also armor homes with stone façades, giving them a rough-hewn appearance and a sure defense against Napoleon's army.
The Phoenix New Times crowned it the Best Place to Buy a Live Chicken in 2012. An unusual accolade, but one that The Stock Shop’s founders happily accepted nonetheless. When they opened The Stock Shop more than 30 years ago, it wouldn’t have been eligible for the award, since their inventory consisted solely of feed and tack—no live chickens. But as business grew, so did their offerings. Today, staffers still fill the shelves with natural, grain-free, and organic pet foods from brands including Nature’s Variety and EVO. But they also peddle baby chicks, potbellied pigs, and bunnies, gear from John Deere, and all the equipment needed to farm organically, especially in an urban setting. That’s in addition to goodies for pets—leashes, treats, chew toys—and even the occasional cowboy hat. Plus, there’s onsite dog grooming that specifically caters to anxious pooches.