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.
For more than a decade, Clark Nursery's knowledgeable staff has helped homeowners to create fetching homestead panoramas through landscape and hardscape designs. With the opening of the new garden center, staff members now turn their skills to curating a collection of annuals, perennials, shrubbery, and lawn accouterments for do-it-yourself gardening. The green-thumbed staffers are on hand to dole out design advice as homeowners make their selections from an inventory that includes statuary and cast limestone planters from Haddonstone, teak furniture from Kingsley Bate, and garden gnomes from Middle-earth.
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.
Cross Creek Nursery helps shoppers spruce up gardens of all shapes and sizes with 10 acres’ worth of locally grown plants, trees, and garden décor. Three-gallon shrubs ($18.95) present a plethora of landscaping opportunities, and locally grown perennials ($6.49) provide dependable stability for backyards struggling with trust issues. Twenty-five-pound bags of Kentucky 31 grass seed ($39.95) or one-yard slices of sod ($4.95 each) create a lush swath of lawn for bare feet. Meanwhile, truckloads of mulch ($28/yd.) provide a soft basis for flowerbeds or serve as a handy alternative to living-room carpeting. Hostas ($8–$12), mums ($7–$20), and pansies ($3.49) infuse gardens and porches with splashes of color and provide a scenic backdrop for stone figures ($20+) depicting animals and Nobel laureates. A team of experienced horticulturists stands by to answer questions and polish faded green thumbs.
The friendly staffers at family-owned-and-operated Petals & Bows Florist happily tailor their bouquets to customers’ needs. Their purview incorporates seasonal arrays of fresh-cut blossoms, ranging from classic red roses to sprays of purple limonium, and can come paired with accessories such as festive bows or teddy bears. Prompt service ensures arrangements ready in time for special events, such as weddings, landmark birthdays, or commemorating a couple’s first kiss that didn’t include a lost tooth.