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Annual & Tender Perennials

Annual & Tender Perennials

Capable of quick growth and floriferous long-lasting bloom, tender perennial Salvias are a don't-miss addition to an annual flowerbed. Although perennial in the warmer climates of their native lands, tender or half-hardy perennials are planted as annuals in locations where frosts and freezes are likely to occur in fall, winter and spring.

However, many gardeners in cooler climes who choose to plant tender perennials do so because they like to vary the look of their annual beds from one season to the next. One essential difference to keep in mind when growing tender perennial Salvias is that some reseed and others do not.

In our opinion, the tender perennial sages Salvia coccinea, Salvia splendens and Salvia vanhouttei put on some of the most spectacular and lengthiest shows of bloom. The last two species offer a somewhat broader color range, including purples, and are so closely related that S. vanhouttei is sometimes listed as S. splendens 'Van Houttei'.

Range of colors aside, both S. coccinea and S. splendens frequently are called Scarlet Sage. Don't confuse them, because S. coccinea reseeds. If you want to clear your annual bed and start fresh each year, S. splendens and S. vanhouttei may be best. But if you love volunteer plants, S. coccinea is the ticket. We offer all at low prices you can count on as annual bargains.

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  • Salvia amethystina subsp. ampelophylla

    (Amethyst Sage) Growing up to 12 inches long, the triangular basal leaves of Salvia amethystina subsp. ampelophylla are the largest we know among sages. They have long silky hairs on their undersides and are fragrant when bruised.

    $10.50
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Brenthurst'

    (Brenthurst Tropical Sage)Tropical Sage is popular as an annual throughout America and as a perennial in warm zones. It is particularly beloved in the Deep South where it withstands heat, wind, heavy rains and excessive humidity to bloom prolifically season after season. Brenthurst is a coral-flowered cultivar with dramatic, dark bracts and bright green, heart-shaped leaves.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'

    (Coral Nymph Tropical Sage) What a cutie! This award-winning cultivar of Tropical Sage is short and compact yet has a multitude of pastel salmon flowers larger than those of its bigger cousins. It is perfect for annual flower beds or patio containers.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire'

    (Forest Fire Tropical Sage) Butterflies love the abundant, fire engine red flowers of this mostly annual sage. It's a popular cultivar of one of the first Salvias used for ornamental purposes -- Tropical Sage. The flowers are dramatically framed by reddish black bracts.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'

    (Lady in Red Tropical Sage) Lady in Red is a variety of Salvia coccinea Juss. ex Murray, which is often called Texas Sage. It is the best red-flowering Tropical Sage that we grow.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Lavender Sprite'

    (Lavender Sprite Tropical Sage) Finding a Tropical Sage with flowers in the blue spectrum is about as common as locating a live unicorn. Yet Salvia coccinea 'Lavender Sprite' is real. It is a curiosity due to the dominance of reds and pinks among Tropical Sages.

    $8.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph'

    (Snow Nymph White Tropical Sage) Butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees enjoy this award winner, which is an outstanding choice for pure white color from June to autumn. This type of Tropical Sage is generally the first to flower for us.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Pink'

    (Summer Jewel Pink Tropical Sage) Butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees enjoy this Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner, which is an outstanding choice for bright pink & white color from June to autumn. This type of Tropical Sage is generally the first to flower for us.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Red'

    (Summer Jewel Red Tropical Sage) Butterflies, hummingbirds and honeybees enjoy this Fleuroselect Gold Medal winner, which is an outstanding choice for bright red color from June to autumn. This type of Tropical Sage is generally the first to flower for us.

    $7.00
     

  • Salvia coccinea 'Yucatan'

    (Yucatan Wild Tropical Sage) Tall and full of large, crimson flowers, Salvia coccinea/span> 'Yucatan' is from seed collected by plant explorer Rolando Uria in the wilds of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

    $8.00
     

  • Salvia farinacea 'Mannequin Delft Blue'

    (Mannequin™ Delft Blue Mealy Cup Sage) Early bloom, vigorous growth, furry white calyxes and large violet-blue and white flowers make Salvia farinacea 'Delft Blue' a must-have for low-water gardens.

    $9.00
     

  • Salvia farinacea 'Sallyfun Blue Emotion'

    (Blue Emotion Mealy Sage) Soft, gray-green foliage combines with deep blue blossoms marked by large white eyes in Salvia farinacea 'Sallyfun Blue Emotion'.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia farinacea 'Violet Candle'

    (Violet Candle Mealy Sage) Gray-green foliage and pronounced white eyes set in the bottom lips of deep violet blossoms combine to form one of our most attractive Mealy Sage cultivars, Salvia farinacea 'Violet Candle'.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia gachantivana

    (Cundinamarca Sage) This Colombian Salvia is difficult to obtain outside of its home country. As far as we know, Flowers by the Sea is the first nursery to offer it in the United States.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia ionocalyx

    (Violet Calyx Sage) Here's another abundantly blooming sage from the cloud forest slopes of Chiapas, Mexico. Violet beelines mark the lower lip of the crimson blossoms, which are so numerous that it can be difficult to see the foliage at times.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia orthostachys

    (Straight Spike Sage) Covered with whorls of crimson flowers, this long-blooming, perennial sage has erect form. It matures into a tall, wide plant that is ideal for massing as a screen or at back of border.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia praeclara

    (Bolivian Sage) From early Spring to first frost, brilliant scarlet flowers on spikes up to 18 inches long adorn this Bolivian native in USDA Zones 9 to 11. Even if you live in a zone with colder winters, Bolivian Sage is spectacular as a bedding plant. has been called Salvia coccinea on steroids due to its .  needs rich, well-drained soil and full sun - but will grow in a wide range of soil, water and light conditions.

    $8.00
     

  • Salvia pseudococcinea

    (False Tropical Sage) Sometimes plant naming is complicated. Such is the case with Salvia pseudococcinea, which is known by a number of scientific and common names. Sometimes it is called Salvia coccinea var. pseudococcinea.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia raymondii ssp. mairanae

    (Bolivian Mountain Sage) Neon lilac-pink flowers light up the handsome, furry foliage of this distinctive sage from high in the Andes cloud forests. Its large, textured leaves have purple undersides. Unhappy in dry heat, this is a very showy plant for humid coastal areas.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia rubescens subsp. dolichothrix

    (Tall Red Colombian Sage) Salvia rubescens subsp. dolichothrix may tower over your head when in full bloom with its creamy red trumpet blossoms and dark calyxes. Its leaves are large and attractively textured.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia sp. from Smith College

    (Smith College Mystery Sage) This mysterious species came to us via Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.  We refer to it as "Mystery Sage" as the origins of this fine plant are unclear.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens 'Variegated Mauve'

    (Variegated Mauve Scarlet Sage) Pale mauve flowers and mid-green leaves that are lightly polka dotted with yellow variegations make Salvia splendens 'Variegated Mauve' an unusual Scarlet Sage.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens van houttei 'Big Pink'

    (Big Pink Scarlet Sage) Hummingbirds are drawn to the deep wells of nectar in sages such as Salvia splendens van houttei 'Big Pink'. Its narrow, tubular flowers are a pure, clear pink and are supported by cream to dusky pink calyxes.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens van houttei 'Burgundy'

    (Burgundy Scarlet Sage) Blood red to burgundy, the drooping blossoms of this sturdy, long flowering Salvia are the first that anyone comments on in a mixed planting. Use it singly as a dramatic garden accent or container plant; mass it for a stunning effect.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens van houttei 'Dancing Flame'

    (Variegated Scarlet Sage) Crimson flowers topping bright yellow foliage mottled with deep green make this one of the most spectacular Salvias we grow. There are numerous clones of this variety throughout the U.S. nursery trade, but we consider ours to be the best, as it originated in our nursery.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens van houttei 'Peach'

    (Peach Scarlet Sage) A subtle but beautiful peachy orange, the drooping blossoms of this sturdy, long flowering Salvia are the first that anyone comments on in a mixed planting. Use it singly as a dramatic garden accent or container plant; mass it for a stunning effect.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens ‘Elk Purple Mardi Gras'

    (Elk Purple Mardi Gras Variegated Scarlet Sage) We discovered Elk Purple Mardi Gras as a sport on one of our Sao Borja Scarlet Sages (Salvia splendens 'Sao Borja'). A sport is part of a plant that physically looks different than the rest of the plant.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens ‘Giant Form'

    (Giant Red Scarlet Sage) Looking to fill in large shady area? This may be your best bet. This variety is largest that we know of, growing to 6 feet - 7 feet - or even more in a sheltered shady spot.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia splendens ‘Lighthouse Purple'

    (Lighthouse Purple Scarlet Sage) Aside from the drama of its deep purple flowers and surrounding bracts, Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Purple' stands out because it stands so tall. It lives up to its Latin name as a splendid hybrid of the species.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia splendens ‘Lighthouse Red'

    (Lighthouse Red Scarlet Sage) This Scarlet Sage is raring to bloom and often begins flowering when less than 6 inches tall. That is a major reason why it is the only one of the many truly red varieties that we grow.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia splendens ‘Sao Borja’

    (Sao Borja Scarlet Sage) Three-inch-long, smokey purple blossoms that bloom from spring to fall are a major clue that this heat-tolerant perennial is not your grandmother's Scarlet Sage.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia subrotunda

    (Giant Brazilian Sage) Yes, this one is gigantic. The first season we grew this heat-tolerant sage, it reached 8 feet tall by July! Masses of small, red-orange, trumpet-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds and honeybees to long, upward curving flower spikes towering over heart-shaped foliage.
    $8.50
     

  • 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.

    $9.50
     


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  • 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.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia x 'Wendy's Wish'

    (Wendy's Wish Sage) Magenta tubular blossoms with fluted tips and rusty pink calyxes connect to deep burgundy stems on this accidental hybrid. Wendy's Wish is long blooming and has a compact, tidy form.

    $9.50
     


    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 June 01, 2015




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My chiapas sage gives me joy. I had one where I lived before but had to leave it behind when I moved. I was so happy when I found I could order another from Flowers by the Sea. It arrived in excellent shape and has settled in nicely.
Ms. lorita lange
May 26, 2015