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Welcome to Flowers by the Sea, a family run mail-order plant nursery. We've been supplying gardeners with superior plants for over 24 years.

We currently offer 428 Salvia / Sage varieties and species - truly something for every garden need. And to round out your plantings, we have some 120 plants that are ideal Salvia Companions.

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

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Our Everything Salvias Blog offers hundreds of detailed articles about sages. You'll find: how-to articles, interviews with Salvia gardeners and experts, landscape design ideas, plant profiles, stories about cooking with sage, shade gardening suggestions, video tutorials and wildlife habitat advice, including tips for bee, butterfly and hummingbird gardening. Getting Started is one of 18 categories you can click on.

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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
  • Dendrobium x delicatum 'Elk #1'

    Dendrobium x delicatum is a natural hybrid, the result of crossing D. kingianum with D. speciosum. Flowers by the Sea has grown 'Elk #1,' a family heirloom, for decades in environments as diverse as full sun on rocks on the California coast to hollow stumps to garden beds to tree fern slabs. When grown in flowerpots, it forms large clumps that display multiple sprays of light pink, fragrant flowers, usually twice a year. This makes a grand specimen in a few years.


  • Salvia patens ‘De flores gigantes’

    (Giant Gentian Sage)  From Argentina comes this very large flowering form of Gentian Sage.  The plant is large as well, growing to four feet plus and blooming for an extended period.  A big plus is far greater heat tolerance than any other variety of this deservidly popular species.


  • Salvia mexicana 'Blue Señorita'

    ('Blue Señorita' Mexican Sage) Smallish rich cobalt blue flowers come in large clusters on this unusually strong growing shrub.  From late summer through fall you and the hummingbirds will be delighted with this rare variety.


  • Anthemis sancti-johannis

    (St. John's Chamomile) June 24 is mid-summer and the day of the ancient summer solstice festival, a feast day which Roman Catholics eventually dedicated to St. John the Baptist. It's also peak bloom time in Europe for the bright orange flowers of the Bulgarian native Anthemis sancti-johannis or St. John's Chamomile.


    This plant can now be ordered
    Preorder yours today, and your plants will be reserved for your selected shipping date.

    Due in stock and ready to ship on April 01, 2015

  • Musella lasiocarpa

    (Chinese Yellow Banana) Musella lasiocarpa is not very well known - but should be. Hardy to Zone 6, this is a spectacular yellow flowered banana that is small enough for every garden.


    This plant can now be ordered
    Preorder yours today, and your plants will be reserved for your selected shipping date.

    Due in stock and ready to ship on April 15, 2015

  • Origanum x 'Santa Cruz'

    (Santa Cruz Oregano) Rose-colored bracts support tiny, abundant, smoky lavender flowers on the slender stems of this graceful oregano. The blossoms and mid-green foliage form a refreshing combination for fresh or dried bouquets.


"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.


    This plant can now be ordered
    Preorder yours today, and your plants will be reserved for your selected shipping date.

    Due in stock and ready to ship on April 15, 2015

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.