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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 427 Salvia varieties and species - truly something for every garden need. And to round out your garden, we have some 113 plants that are ideal Salvia Companions.

Everything Salvias Blog

Everything Salvias Blog

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.

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  • New Arrivals

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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
  • Salvia x 'Love and Wishes'

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

    $8.50
     


    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 August 03, 2014

  • Salvia x 'Ember's Wish'

    (Ember's Wish Sage) Bright coral-colored, tubular blossoms contrast handsomely with the deep maroon stems, rusty rose calyxes and mid-green foliage of Ember's Wish Sage.

    $8.50
     


    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 August 03, 2014

  • Hakonechloa 'All Gold'

    (Golden Japanese Forest Grass) If you want to grow an ornamental grass in partial to full shade, Hakonechloa 'All Gold' is an excellent choice. It also thrives in locations with morning sun and afternoon shade.

    $12.00
     

  • Origanum x 'Lizzy's Hybrid #2'

    (Lizzie's Oregano) An abundance of hops-like flowers droop from the slender stems of this lush, ornamental oregano. Layers of lavender-rose bracts protect the tiny pink flowers. The blossoms and minty green foliage are lovely in fresh or dried bouquets.
    $7.50
     

  • Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition'

    (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama) Tiny, horizontal plumes of floral seed heads look like flags when topping the gray-green blades of this warm season grass during bloom time. Chartreuse at first, the seeds eventually turn blonde.

    $8.00
     

  • Anisacanthus wrightii 'Pumpkin Orange'

    (Orange Texas Firecracker) Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you with frequent visits if you add this long-blooming plant to your wildlife garden. Its clear, pumpkin-orange trumpet-type flowers with long, narrow petals are wells of delicious nectar.

    $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 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.
    $9.00
     

  • 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 indica

    (Two-lip Spotted Sage) Shaped like an open parrot's beak, the upper lip of this petite yet dramatic sage is lilac while the lower lip is dark violet and white with spots. The whorled flower spikes rise up from clumps of large, oval, grassy green leaves with scalloped edges.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious'

    (Golden Pineapple Sage) The bright crimson flowers of this extremely fragrant sage are attractive to both humans and pollinators. However, it is the glowing golden foliage that most distinguishes this cultivar from other varieties of Pineapple Sage.
    $6.50
     

  • 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 caymanensis - Caymen Island Sage

Salvia caymanensis - Caymen Island Sage

Available May to July only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia karwinskii - Karwinski's Sage

Salvia karwinskii - Karwinski's Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia karwinskii 'Red Form' - Red Flowered Karwinskii's Sage

Salvia karwinskii 'Red Form' - Red Flowered Karwinskii's Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 7 in stock.

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Salvia keerli - Big Grape Sage

Salvia keerli - Big Grape Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 6 in stock.

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Salvia pomifera - Fruit Sage

Salvia pomifera - Fruit Sage

Available May to July only.

Only 2 in stock.

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Salvia puberula 'El Butano' - El Butano Downy Sage

Salvia puberula 'El Butano' - El Butano Downy Sage

Available May to July only.

Only 3 in stock.

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Salvia radula - Scrappy African Sage

Salvia radula - Scrappy African Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 2 in stock.

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Salvia raymondii ssp. mairanae - Bolivian Mountain Sage

Salvia raymondii ssp. mairanae - Bolivian Mountain Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 2 in stock.

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Salvia scordifolia

Salvia scordifolia

Available April to July only.

Only 4 in stock.

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Salvia texana - Texas Blue Sage

Salvia texana - Texas Blue Sage

Available March to July only.

Only 2 in stock.

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Salvia vitiifolia - Grape Leaf Sage

Salvia vitiifolia - Grape Leaf Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 14 in stock.

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Salvia x 'Marwin Gardens' - Marwin Garden Sage

Salvia x 'Marwin Gardens' - Marwin Garden Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 2 in stock.

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Salvia x westerae - Hybrid Bolivian Sage

Salvia x westerae - Hybrid Bolivian Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 6 in stock.

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Salvia splendens Lighthouse Red' - Lighthouse Red Scarlet Sage

Salvia splendens Lighthouse Red' - Lighthouse Red Scarlet Sage

Available April to July only.

Only 8 in stock.

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Echium wildpretii

Echium wildpretii

Available April to July only.

Only 4 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.