Gardeners need to consider many factors when combining plants in borders, flowerbeds and containers. These characteristics include differing sizes and foliage textures as well as varying needs for sun, moisture and soil fertility. One major consideration is color: What looks harmonious together? What whispers in the landscape? What shouts?
To help you cultivate pleasingly colorful gardens, Flowers by the Sea provides useful content on the subject in our Everything Salvias blog. We cover topics including:
How light and growing conditions affect color
What colors attract hummingbirds and other pollinators
Which Salvias to mix for peaceful, pastel gardens
Why it's fun to apply the Pantone color system to garden design and
What choices are available for adding specific colors to your yard.
You'll find a rainbow of ideas for cultivating color in the FBTS catalog and blog.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Aug 11, 2015 09:52 AM Synopsis: Not everyone who lives in a dry climate wants a cactus garden. And not all cottage gardens are filled with pansies and peonies. Flowers by the Sea highlights ten tough perennial Salvias in pastels for low-water cottage gardens. The palette of drought-resistant choices includes sages with blue, lavender, peach, pink and yellow flowers for a soothing touch in your landscape.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Apr 25, 2015 01:16 PM Synopsis: Have we got tools for you! No, we aren't selling Ginzu clippers, rust-free shovels, a miraculous compost-in-minutes machine or anything requiring payments. We're talking about a set of color tools for accurately visualizing and comparing the floral and foliage colors of Salvias. As you wander through the riot of hues in our online catalog at Flowers by the Sea, these tools aid plant selection and landscape planning. Beginning in fall 2014, we began identifying the colors of all FBTS plants based on the internationally standardized color system published by the U.K.'s Royal Horticultural Society. This improves descriptions of plant colors and makes color comparisons of plants easier for garden design.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Mar 26, 2015 07:28 PM Synopsis: Forget all the mournful music telling you that blue is the color of sadness. In a Salvia garden filled with hot colors, true blue is a peacemaker -- a reliable harmonizer that commands peace in the garden. This article talks a tiny bit about football, Madonna and the chemistry of true blue flowers. Then it offers a lot of true blue sages for gardens coast to coast from our Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery catalog.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 4, 2015 04:27 PM Synopsis: Pantone color corporation's 2015 spring designer colors can inspire garden design, including the company's color of the year -- a red-brown shade of the wine called Marsala. FBTS suggests 15 plants in seven combinations of Salvias and companion species, based on the 2015 Pantone Fashion Color Report, to help you shake up color in your landscape. We include water-loving choices as well as drought-resistant plants.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 3, 2015 10:52 AM Synopsis: Whether planned or accidental, hybrids happen. This is especially true among the closely related Southwestern and Mexican species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla). They are native to different areas of the Southwest and Mexico, but cross freely when they meet. This story is the first installment in a two-part series initiating our Cultivating Color series. It involves North Carolina Salvia specialist Dr. Richard F. Dufresne, who has helped us track the history of warm-colored S. x jamensis hybrids in the Autumn/Mountain Sage group.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Nov 16, 2014 05:18 PM Synopsis: Luminous Salvia x jamensis pastel flowers began warming up nursery catalogs in the late 1990s. Their journey from steep Mexican mountains to American and European gardens began in the mid-19th century with the discovery of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). This is the second post in a two-part article about these Jame Sage hybrids of Autumn and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla). It opens our new Cultivating Color series and is based, in part, on the experiences and insights of Salvia specialist Dr. Richard F. Dufresne. We conclude with descriptions of 10 favorite Jame Sages.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Sep 23, 2014 05:49 PM Synopsis: It isn't easy describing green in the garden. Foliage can span greens so pale they are almost white to blue-greens so deep they murmur the forest primeval. Amid this range, you'll find shimmering silver- and gray-leaf species. To locate these types of Salvias and companion plants in the Flowers by the Sea catalog, please visit our new Gray and Silver Leaf Plants category in our catalog menu at the top of every page on our website. This article includes a small sampler of our selection.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jun 7, 2013 07:51 AM Synopsis: Let there be light; let there be brightness. Yellows and oranges are cheerful colors to combine in a grouping of perennials. Pantone's spring 2013 designer colors -- golden yellow Lemon Zest 13-0756 and its hot orange Nectarine 16-1360 -- are fun colors to match to sages (Salvia spp.) that can turn up the light in a garden whether sunny or shady. Two groupings for sunny or shady gardens are offered
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: May 27, 2013 03:55 PM Synopsis: Here's a tip for Oz's Wicked Witch of the West: Pantone's spring 2013 Poppy Red is a designer color that won't make anyone sleep. It's a bright, wake-up call that is often found in the scarlet blossoms of many sages (Salvia spp.). We offer five eye-popping suggestions here for matching the Pantone Corporation's Poppy Red 17-1664.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: May 26, 2013 08:45 AM Synopsis:Pantone’s Linen designer shade for spring 2013 looks a bit like a rosy beige champagne. In the garden, it is ethereal -- a creamy, dreamy choice for edging a pathway. Here are four subtly colored sages (Salvia spp.), which closely match Pantone Linen 12-1008. Similar to the lace on a wedding gown, they are best appreciated when viewed up close.
Hummers Love this plant! Always working ea. flower. Buy several as will keep hummers in your yard longer. Need some shade n our Denton, Texas hot heat. Blue flowers & light green leaves are beautiful! Does well in large containers.
We ordered plants from Flowers by the Sea and are very happy. Except for one, they arrived in good condition. The service and attention to detail was excellent and we highly recommend. Waiting now for the rainy season to kick it into high gear. I think that will really push them forward.
— Susan Miller
I have ordered plants from FBTS for the last 4 years, 17 plants in spring 2014. They are the most impressive plants in health and size that I have received from any mail order company. These are not little cuttings, but rather large bushy plants, typically 8-10 or more inches tall, full of buds and sometimes already blooming. They take off when planted. The varieties are as described on the we...
— Leslie MacGregor Levine
I gloriously pleased with the site and the plants. The plants were HEALTHY large, and three of them were blooming and one had set seed. I couldn't be happier. The species were not the normal salvias and I can't wait for them to get large. There was a difference on one salvia between its description on the site and what conditions were on the tag. I called and they said that it was a new plan...
— Mara Eurich
I love the plants I have ordered! They are so healthy and very strong stemmed. They are doing very well in my garden. Highly recommend ordering from this nursery.
— Debbie Platt
I was ecstatic last month when I found this nursery while searching for information on Canary Island Sage.Then, when I discovered that they had Salvia azurea, I just knew that I had to order some things.All told, I ended up ordering 7 plants the week before a big Salvia conference. When they got back, we sorted out shipping everything in one box.It arrived two days later, which happened to be ...
Always healthy, great looking plants when I unpack them. Really appreciate the huge selection of unusual plants that have become so hard to find. Thanks you FBTS!
— christine kelley
Beautiful plants, nice and healthy and growing great. Excellent packing and fast shipping. Also great communication. Will do business with again.
— Rick Bianchi
I just got my first order in from Flowers by the Sea. I was absolutely delighted with my flowers. They were in great shape, larger than I expected and transitioned into my garden nicely. I will be a repeat customer! Thank you!
— Cynde Cornelius
My order of 2 Salvia ringens, one semiatrata arrived at the time I had specified in great shape with very little damage from shipping. The minor damage was to the large amount of foliage the plants have. All were in bud and ready to bloom in a few days! As with my previous orders from FbtS, the roots were well developed and I potted them up into 1 gallon pots. A month later the roots at pot ...
— Richard Tiede
so glad i found FBTS in an article in the NYT. the quality of the flowers is superb and the service is great. now where to plant all the cupheas and salvia?