After laying a weather-resistant brick patio, Lowney’s Landscaping and Garden Center’s landscapers finish it off with a stone retaining wall sprouting with perennials and leafy shrubs. They manage the whole project, from design to installation, creating an artful appearance that can increase a home's value. In addition to executing everything from pruning bushes and cutting grass to seeding lawns—services they've been providing for more than 15 years—they illuminate their clients' beautiful residential and commercial properties with low-voltage, energy-efficient lighting systems. Even in winter, they strive to keep landscapes in great shape with snowplowing, salting services, and weight-loss programs for snowmen. The garden center is a place for equally passionate gardeners and novice green thumbs to wade through small blueberry plants, evergreens, tropicals, and a wide assortment of gardening materials.
In 1949, Kenny Schmalz founded Schmalz Custom Landscaping & Garden Center. His son Luke and Luke's wife, Donna, have since taken over, but the botanical wonderland's commitment to stunning gardens has remained constant. Designers and architects can help homeowners bring to life the landscapes of their dreams, and a full inventory of plants, mulch, and accessories can help land planners go it alone.
In 1955, James and Gladys Bluemel opened a small nursery dedicated to growing trees and shrubs and to helping locals with landscaping projects. Now, their son, Mike, runs the much-expanded family business, which thrives on bulk-supply sales, playground resurfacing, lawn care, and snow and ice control during snowman uprisings. Though he’s moved away from the nursery’s original shrub and tree business, he and his green-thumbed staff still maintain a garden center stocked with seasonal plants, garden décor, and essential supplies.
While customers browse Bluemel’s aisles, they'll likely spot a commonality between the perennials, annuals, flowers, herbs, and vegetables: a sticker reading “Dome Grown.” This label marks a plant born and raised in the garden center, which accounts for about 85% of the center’s living merchandise. Having tended and nurtured the plants since their geneses, the staff—who share 35 years of experience—can dispense tips on how to properly care for them, as well as share adorable baby-plant photos.
Green Cut Lawns was founded by the father-and-son team of Phillip and Brent Quirk, the latter of whom currently oversees the business. Among their hundreds of clients are multi-national companies who enlist the company or its technicians' meticulous landscape maintenance services. They offer many treatments that all serve the same goal?to keep lawns looking trimmed and manicured so they can add aesthetic beauty to the home. These services include mowing, fertilizer and weed control, landscape bed maintenance, and core aeration. They work on both residential and commercial lawns, and also offer seasonal services such as spring clean-ups and holiday light installations.
As a local grower of all its products, Mayfield Nursery Inc. runs more than 80 greenhouses yielding a total of about 750,000 plants every year, including more than 1,200 varieties of perennials and herbs. Like bratwurst, plants marked with a Green Select Perennials label thrive in Midwestern climates. Vibrant and diverse, perennials range from velvety red pomegranates to delicate white snowdrops.
In addition to a huge array of perennials, the nursery stocks herbs, vegetables, trees, and shrubs alongside stone bird baths, pottery, garden accessories, and gifts. Upon request, staff members offer delivery services, consult with clients, dispense helpful growing and planting tips and can even plant a container of lush blooms for you.
At Rachel’s Roses, the knowledgeable staff helps customers select colorful, fresh floral arrangements and gifts to commemorate any special occasion. The shop’s bounty of traditional and contemporary bouquets send a heartfelt message such as “Happy graduation”, “Get well soon”, or “Congratulations on training your gerbil to fetch the paper.” The Basket of Sunshine, a cheerful UV-free collection of white and yellow buds ($34.99), brightens up even the gloomiest of days, and the Red Hot & Fabulous heats things up with a romantic mélange of roses, carnations, and hypericum ($49.99). The flower peddlers also stock an assortment of potted plants ($24.99–$99.99) and gourmet baskets ($59.99–$79.99).