The blossom experts at Norfolk Florist fete flower fanatics with myriad floral compositions for a dizzying range of occasions. Usher in the season with springtime yellow tulips ($39.95), or liven up workspaces with Queen majesty roses, a dozen crimson, golden, blush, or white blooms brimming with vigor and regality ($49.95–$54.95). The apples & caramel display ($39.95) combines earth candy with gooey person-made treats to create an aesthetically pleasing, decadent snack for a beloved sweet tooth.
A stroll through Enchanted Forest Nursery is like going on a nature hike, except you can take all of the scenery home with you. The wooded nursery contains trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals, as well as tranquil koi tanks that can put even a murderous Aquaman at ease. More wildlife makes its home in and around the onsite pond, where frogs and ducks swim amid water plants. The wide expanse of plants, flowers, and garden accessories, including natural stones sold by the pound, sprawls across more than 10,000 square feet.
The green-thumbed guides at White’s Nursery & Greenhouses help shoppers navigate 20 acres of potted flowers and a treasure trove of gardeny gift items, earning kudos such as the Virginian-Pilot’s 2010 Best of Chesapeake Gold Award. Hardy shrubs ($25–$30 for 3-gal. container) lure landscapers with the come-hither shake of verdant leaves, and colorful blossoms on florist-quality chrysanthemums prepare for debuts in homes, bouquets, or fashionable parade floats. Daisy-like ice plants can lend their edible leaves to salads, and sweet-smelling gardenia perennials may banish outdoor odors with their tropical fragrance. In addition to peddling plants, the garden center doubles as a gift shop, stocking Vera Bradley beach towels ($30), Yankee Candle votives ($30 for a 22 oz. jar of two), and seasonal items such as Christmas poinsettias and Pi Day pumpkins.
Pilot Media’s Reader Choice for Best Furniture Store in Chesapeake 2010, Esprit Decor Home Furnishings offers high-end furniture, floor coverings, beddings, and other home-sprucing accessories at lower-than-retail prices. Lighten up your elegant bedroom or shadowy beaver cave with an Uttermost Burian lamp ($89), with rich-toned mahogany wood and bronze metal accents underneath an ivory-linen rectangle shade. Any room will come alive with the Oliver table set ($249), featuring two round end tables and one oval, tapered-legged cocktail table. With Esprit’s massive show room and more than 200 furniture brands, you’ll find an abundance of wine racks, leather sofas, comfy mattresses, and virtually anything you can imagine invigorating your home.
WorldWide Furniture Direct outfits empty apartments and echoing igloos alike with high-quality, cost-slashed furniture. Items like a 24- or 29-inch bar stool ($100 each), a twin-over-full bunk-bed set with two mattresses ($399), a seven-piece cherry Louis Phillipe bedroom set ($699), or a 26-inch brushed chrome lamp ($99) are practical yet stylish pieces that, when combined with oxygen and a minimal supply of drywall fertilizer, bring static rooms to vibrant life. WorldWide’s friendly, experienced staff can guide you through all 3,900 feet of the décor-lined warehouse and help you decide on an ideal combination of chic house dressings.