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Welcome to Flowers by the Sea

Mr. Sage

Welcome to Flowers by the Sea, a family run mail-order plant nursery. We have been supplying gardeners with superior plants for over 23 years.

Read about our shipping methods & rates and our return free Unconditional Guarantee.

Browse our plants by Color, Blooming Season or Hardiness Zone. We also provide listings by Cultural Needs such as Drought Tolerance and Full Shade Lovers. Our listings by Garden Use can help you find the perfect Groundcover or Salvias with Exceptional Foliage.

We currently offer 428 Salvia varieties and species - truly something for every garden need. And to round out your garden, we have some 115 plants that are ideal Salvia Companions.

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How do you grow Salvias?
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Our Everything Salvias Blog has hundreds of detailed articles: how to's, plant profiles, book reviews, medicinal uses, regional guides, hummingbird & butterfly tips and answers to common questions about Salvias. This is the first place to look for comprehensive Salvia information.


Our Plants Will Grow for You - Guaranteed!

Every variety we offer for sale has been extensively tested in our own nursery & gardens. Only those plants that thrive and that are the best of their type make it onto our site. All are plants that you can count on to be healthy & well grown. Our goal is to help you make your garden a success.

We are proud of the quality of what we offer, and Unconditionally Guarantee your complete satisfaction with everything we sell.

Time to start thinking about Fall planting

Most perennial and woody Salvias thrive when planted in autumn. The season's warm soil speeds root growth unlike the cool soil of early spring. Furthermore, sages put lots of energy into foliage instead of root development in spring. Fall planting allows plants to develop strong root systems that prepare them for the demands of rapid foliar growth and flowering.

Read some of our Everything Salvias blog articles on Fall planting:

Look for this icon: Ideal for Fall Planting for plants that are superior for fall planting.
  • New Arrivals

  • What's Great this Week

  • Last Chance

We test every plant before we offer it for sale. Your success is our success. You can be confident that these new introductions are dependable garden plants." - Kermit Carter, General Manager


Change is constant in horticulture. Selecting the best new plants is daunting even in one genus, especially Salvia, which contains about 900 species of true sages worldwide. Our New Arrivals section showcases the latest sages and companions in our online catalog whether new to commercial horticulture or only to our gardens. Please contact us if you have questions or gardening experiences to share about these plants.

Check out our entire list of new introductions
  • Incarvillea arguta

    (Himalayan Gloxinia) Delicate, pink, trumpet blossoms with flared corollas top mid-green foliage on reddish-green stems. This tough, long-blooming plant is native to the Himalayas. Plant hunter Chris Chadwell collected our seeds in Nepal.

    $8.50
     

  • Lepechinia bella

    (Blue Pitchersage) True blue trumpet flowers arch up from Blue Pitchersage's purple-to-green calyxes. The pebbly, heavily veined leaves are mid-green on top and nearly white on their undersides.

    $12.50
     

  • Salvia canariensis f. candidissimum

    (Wooly Canary Island Sage) The pale magenta, parrot-beak flowers of this sage, supported by deeper magenta bracts, heat up the landscape. But when you get close, it may be the velvety texture of the foliage that makes you sigh.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia judaica

    (Judean Sage) Native to the mountains of Judea in Israel, this dark violet flowered, perennial sage is unique among the Palestinian Salvias - as a woodland native it grows well in partial shade. It is a tough, drought-resistant plant with deeply cut & hairy foliage which forms impressive mounds of color in the spring and early summer.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia mexicana 'Lolly'

    (Lolly's Mexican Sage) Our variety of Salvia mexicana 'Lolly' is the tall kind growing up to about shoulder height. A shorter form is often called "Lollie Jackson" or "Lolly Jackson." Who or what the mysterious Lolly is remains unclear.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia x 'Love and Wishes'

    (Love and Wishes Sage) Deep purple calyxes support the magenta-purple, tubular blossoms of Salvia x 'Love and Wishes'. They contrast handsomely with dark stems and mid-green foliage.

    $8.50
     

"Many of these are in very short supply, so act fast if you find something you like!" - Vikki Carter, Nursery Manager

Each week, we walk through the nursery with a clipboard in hands, looking for the best we have to offer.  All of the plants listed here are "prime", ready to succeed in your garden.  In some cases they are just coming into bloom.  Or they may be at the perfect stage to transplant.  Or the seasonal foliage color may be at its peak.

In any case, the list changes every week, so check back for the latest and greatest from Flowers by the Sea.

  • Salvia jurisicii

    (Yugoslavian Cut Leaf Sage) This is a rare Baltic steppe plant that grows beautifully in sunny locations with little water and excellent drainage. It is endemic to a the Orlova Brdo region of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

    $11.50
     

  • Leonotis nepetifolia

    (Mint Lion's Ear or Klipp Dagga) Here's another plant for Dr. Seuss gardens. Mint Lion's Ear produces intermittent, shaggy whorls of fuzzy, rosy orange tubular flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love. The blossoms burst from prickly, round clusters on stems as tall and slender as auto antennas.

    $7.50
     

  • Eucomis 'Freckles'

    (Speckled Dwarf Pineapple Lily) The ‘freckles’ on this petite South African plant are the reddish-purple speckles on its long, lance-shaped, olive-green leaves. From summer to fall, short, rose-red flower spikes rise up from the center of this exotic foliage.

    $10.00
     

  • Lobelia x speciosa 'Compliment Deep Red'

    (Giant Red Cardinal Flower) Similar to the plumage of a Northern Cardinal, the flowers of this Lobelia hybrid are startlingly red. The tubular blossoms have lips that flare at their openings into petals shaped like poinsettia bracts.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia transsylvanica

    (Romanian Sage) Here's a great selection for mixed Salvia borders in zones with colder winters. This herbaceous perennial features deep violet flowers in large whorls atop tall, branched spikes.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Extrakta'

    (Potent Culinary Sage) Flavorful and fragrant, Extrakta is a modern European Culinary Sage known for its pungent essential oil. About a foot taller than most species of Salvia officinalis, it has long, narrow, spear-shaped leaves that are deep green.
    $8.50
     

  • Centaurea gymnocarpa

    (Velvet Centaurea) Lacy, velvety foliage gives this tough shrub its common name. The globular, thistle-like flowers are lavender to fuchsia pink and contrast elegantly with the silvery green of the leaves.

    $8.00
     

  • Salvia cyanescens

    (Blue Turkish Sage) Large velvety gray-green to white leaves in loose rosettes give this sage a distinctive look as does the celestial violet-blue of its flowers. The blossoms seem much too large for this short sage and its thin, candelabra-branched flower spikes.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia vitiifolia

    (Grape Leaf Sage) Tall spikes of intensely blue flowers bloom summer to fall and emerge in profusion from handsome, furry foliage. The leaves are grape green on top and purplish on the bottom. This water-loving sage grows rapidly into a spreading mound.
    $8.00
     

  • Salvia 'Silver Sabre'

    (Silver Sabre Sage) Hanging-basket gardeners, here's one for you! The pink, green and cream variegated foliage is so ornamental trailing over pots that you might forget its role as a fragrant cooking herb.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia patens 'Blue Angel'

    (Blue Angel Gentian Sage) Since the 1838 discovery of this herbaceous species from Central Mexico, Salvia patens has been a mainstay of the perennial garden. Blue Angel is one of the smallest of the full-sized varieties.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'

    (Blue Mealy Cup Sage) This Texas native species is one of the mainstays of gardens worldwide. Tidy, easy to grow, hardy, long blooming and undemanding, Mealy Cup Sage belongs in almost any sunny garden. Due to the popularity of the species, the number of varieties is staggering.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia pitcheri grandiflora

    (Big Pitcher Sage) As its scientific name indicates, this sage has very large flowers. They are almost two-tone, changing from deep violet to a light blue or white at their base where they are cupped by dusky purple calyxes.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia arizonica

    (Arizona Blue Sage) We are so impressed with this top-performing, drought-resistant ground cover that we have rated it best of class. Arizona Blue Sage is adaptable to a variety of shady conditions and blossoms so abundantly that it seems to have as many rich blue flowers as it has leaves. It is native to dry, shaded areas in mountain canyons in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

    $8.50
     

  • Tweedia caerulea

    (Blue Milkweed) It's not unusual to see the sky-blue, star-shaped flowers of Tweedia caerulea tucked into bridal bouquets. Yet they are members of the humble milkweed family Asclepiadaceae.

    $8.00
     

  • Roscoea auriculata

    (Hardy Nepalese Ginger) After several years of growing various strains, we have settled on this one as the best we have seen. Large, 3+ inch flowers display nicely over a two month period in the mid to late summer. And the color intensity and hue reminds most people of an orchid.

    $14.00
     

Limited Availability Plants - Time is running out

Limited Availibility Plants
These Limited Availability Plants will be going out of stock very soon. This may be your last chance this season to add a particular species or variety to your garden or collection.
Read all about our Limited Availability program.
Salvia adenophora - Oaxaca Red Sage

Salvia adenophora - Oaxaca Red Sage

Available June to September only.

Only 4 in stock.

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Salvia desoleana - Sardinian Sage

Salvia desoleana - Sardinian Sage

Available May to September only.

Only 1 in stock.

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Salvia discolor - Andean Silver Sage or Peruvian Sage

Salvia discolor - Andean Silver Sage or Peruvian Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia eigii - Eig's Sage

Salvia eigii - Eig's Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 10 in stock.

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Salvia elegans - Pineapple Sage

Salvia elegans - Pineapple Sage

Available March to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious' - Golden Pineapple Sage

Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious' - Golden Pineapple Sage

Available March to September only.

Only 6 in stock.

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Salvia gesneriiflora 'Tequila' - Big Mexican Scarlet Sage

Salvia gesneriiflora 'Tequila' - Big Mexican Scarlet Sage

Available March to September only.

Only 1 in stock.

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Salvia haenkei - Prawn Sage

Salvia haenkei - Prawn Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 5 in stock.

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Salvia holwayi - Winter Mexican Sage

Salvia holwayi - Winter Mexican Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 5 in stock.

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Salvia judaica - Judean Sage

Salvia judaica - Judean Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 9 in stock.

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Salvia lanceolata - Rusty Sage

Salvia lanceolata - Rusty Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 1 in stock.

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Salvia lasiantha - Wooly Multicolor Sage

Salvia lasiantha - Wooly Multicolor Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia mexicana 'La Placita' - La Placita Mexican Sage

Salvia mexicana 'La Placita' - La Placita Mexican Sage

Available March to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia miltiorrhiza - Dan-shen

Salvia miltiorrhiza - Dan-shen

Available April to September only.

Only 10 in stock.

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Salvia pennellii - Tamaulipas Sage

Salvia pennellii - Tamaulipas Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia purpurea - Autumn Purple Sage

Salvia purpurea - Autumn Purple Sage

Available March to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia recognita - Turkish Cliff Sage

Salvia recognita - Turkish Cliff Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 5 in stock.

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Salvia regla 'Huntington Gardens Form'

Salvia regla 'Huntington Gardens Form'

Available June to September only.

Only 4 in stock.

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Salvia regla 'Jame' - Jame Orange Mountain Sage

Salvia regla 'Jame' - Jame Orange Mountain Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 6 in stock.

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Salvia regla 'Royal' - Orange Mountain Sage

Salvia regla 'Royal' - Orange Mountain Sage

Available June to September only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia regla - Queretaro form - Great Orange Mountain Sage

Salvia regla - Queretaro form - Great Orange Mountain Sage

Available June to September only.

Only 8 in stock.

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Salvia taraxacifolia - Dandelion Leaf Sage

Salvia taraxacifolia - Dandelion Leaf Sage

Available March to September only.

Only 12 in stock.

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Salvia x 'Sally Greenwood' - Sally Greenwood Sage

Salvia x 'Sally Greenwood' - Sally Greenwood Sage

Available April to September only.

Only 6 in stock.

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More information about Flowers by the Sea

When it comes to ornamental and medicinal Salvias -- or true sages -- more is what you get from Flowers by the Sea (FBTS). We offer more types, more colors, more vigor, more care in shipping and more information. We grow, develop and test hundreds of ornamental and medicinal Salvias. Our farm and online nursery doesn’t sell to big box outlets; instead, we ship directly to home gardeners like you. At Flowers by the Sea, you'll find the largest selection of Salvias -- both popular and rare -- available anywhere in the world.

We aren't just here to sell plants and make a living; we're here to help you make the world more beautiful.

Pixels Not Print - Our Catalog With A Conscience

Don't expect a catalog in your mailbox from Flowers by the Sea, because we have never printed one and refuse to do so. Print catalogs are tree-munching dinosaurs on their way to extinction due to the rapidly changing world of digital technology. Online catalogs are environmentally friendly and save our customers money, because we can keep our plant prices low.


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All our plants are 100% Guaranteed

Our Unconditional, Money Back Guarantee

All plants are guaranteed to arrive at your home in excellent condition and clearly labeled. In addition, we guarantee your absolute satisfaction with these plants. There is no hidden small print; we know you will love our quality, so we guarantee it!

We ship well-rooted stock in the container size listed for each plant in our catalog. Occasionally we will cut a plant back to facilitate shipping, but hey -- we're gardeners, so we'll do a thoughtful job of it.


We are very careful about not sending you weeds or pests! If your plants do not arrive in excellent condition, please contact us immediately via email or telephone. You can choose to have either a refund or credit on a future order.

Our goal is to make you happy, satisfied and glad you ordered from us!


Complete shipping information

Our Shipping is Fast, Fair & Efficient

Flowers by the Sea uses a customized system for shipping charges. Customized fees allow adjustment of shipping prices based on how far away you live from FBTS and how many plants you purchase. This is a more equitable way of covering delivery fees instead of increasing plant prices to cover losses on delivery charges as in a flat-rate system.

Our Everything Salvias Blog

Our blog gets to the roots of Everything Salvias

Please visit our Everything Salvias Blog, where we discuss favorite sages and companion plants in detail. We share information about a broad array of species and dig into topics such as butterfly and hummingbird plants, Culinary Sages, medicinal use of Salvias, native gardens, plant cultivation, Salvia history including plant exploration, selection of plants based on climate and tips for waterwise gardening.


Salvia Alert!


Salvia Alert!

Salvia Alert! is a free service to our customers, to keep them informed of new and unusual Salvia species and varieties as they become commercially avaliable.

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There is no regular schedule for Salvia Alert emails. They may arrive in your inbox once a week or once a month depending on the timing of new introductions and the growth cycle of other plants. The in-stock quantity of any given plant detailed in an Alert is limited. However, there are no other restrictions on the number you may purchase while the plant is in stock. The chase is on once the Alert is mailed: Sales continue until stock is gone, which may be minutes, hours or more than a day.


Salvia Daily Deal

Salvia Daily Deal

The Salvia Daily Deal offers a popular sage for $1.99 once a week. The sale day begins at noon Pacific Time and lasts for 24 hours or until stock runs out. The limit usually is one pot per customer, but sometimes multiple purchases are possible. Past offers have included Friendship Sage (Salvia 'Amistad') and Grape Leaf Sage (Salvia vitiifolia).

Subscribers receive the Daily Deal newslist via email before sale time. If you click on the Daily Deal Icon in the newslist, it takes you to a page with dials showing how many days, hours and minutes must pass until the sale opens. If you open the email during sale time, the newslist looks different: For example, aside from "Daily Deal," the icon announces "Today Only." The name of the plant is now highlighted. You click on it to reach the plant description page where you can click the "add to cart" button to place your order.

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These are some of the reasons our customers love FBTS:

Mr. Sage


  • Quality plants that are large, healthy and carefully cultivated
  • Meticulous attention to safe shipping
  • A broad range of floral colors and handsome foliage shapes and textures
  • An emphasis on drought- and heat-resistant species
  • Salvias for all conditions from shade to full sun and from moist to dry soils
  • Helpful information about gardening to attract hummingbirds and other small wildlife
  • Extensive advice about the right kind of Salvias for your landscape, and
  • Patient, generous customer service.