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.
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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 392 Salvia varieties and species - truly something for every garden need.
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.
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
(Shell Dancer Sage) So many sages combine resilience and loveliness. This includes Salvia 'Shell Dancer', which withstands heat and drought yet has delicate looking blossoms and lush green foliage.
(Gold Bar Maiden Grass) Gold and green horizontal stripes from base to tip of each blade give this warm-season grass its cultivar name of Gold Bar. In autumn, tiny, red-tinted floral seed heads appear.
(Snow Storm Coral Bells) Heuchera is commonly called Alum Root or Coral Bells. Snow Storm is a full-size species with deep red flowers and scalloped, variegated white and green foliage.
(Silver Puya) Rosy green bracts with touches of purple cluster tightly like pinecones on this Andean plant. As they relax, large trumpet flowers emerge. Similar to Puya venusta, this plant has multiple flowers branching off a central spike.
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.
(Big Orange Mountain Sage) When temperatures are cooler in spring and fall, the persimmon-orange flowers of this large Mountain Sage darken. Gray-green foliage, deep red calyxes and reddish-green stems add to the plant's fascinating look, which mixes well with yellows and blues.
(Byron's Mexican Sage) One of our favorite Mexican Sages, this large variety is reputed to be a hybrid between Salvia mexicana and S. hispanica -- a species of Chia Sage.
(Peruvian Sage or Concolor Sage) Native to the high Andes of Peru, this is a distinctive Salvia with apple-green leaves that are smooth on top and silver-haired fuzzy on the bottom. The flowers are such a dark purple that they almost look black.
(Elk Lush Lavender Jame Sage) Pale white accents mark the throats of this sage's large, rich lavender flowers. In contrast, the calyxes cupping the blossoms are a dark blue-green. Overall, the look is serene.
(Big Sheet Mountain Sage) "Hoja grande" is Spanish for "big sheet," like a boat sail. It refers to the lower lip of this sage's bicolor magenta and cherry red flowers. Densely clumping, wide spreading, and covered with large, heavily veined leaves, it is excellent for slopes and problem areas.
(Midnight Mexican Bush Sage) The typical Mexican Bush Sage has purple flowers surrounded by furry white bracts. This clone from the San Francisco Peninsula has deep purple flowers, calyxes and stems. It is a good groundcover due to a mounding habit, smaller size and generous amounts of flowers.
(Variegated Bear's Breeches) Found in Tasmania, this gem is the first variegated Acanthus! 'Tasmanian Angel' offers striking, bold leaves with white margins and mottling.
(Friendship Sage) Thank you Rolando Uria of the University of Buenos Aries for this very fine plant. Discovered in 2005 at a plant show in Argentina, this truly unique hybrid sage has generated a great deal of excitement in the Salvia world. We are very excited to be able to offer this plant for the first time in the Spring of 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! is a free service to our customers, to keep them informed of new and unusual Salvia species and varieties as they become commercially avaliable.Sign up now
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.
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.Sign up now