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: 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.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: May 23, 2013 09:22 AM Synopsis: Purples are cool yet quietly passionate. This includes African Violet 16-3520, a spring 2013 designer color created by the Pantone Corporation. Shades in the blue and purple color range are tranquil and soothing yet commanding, because they calm the garden. If you have a garden bed that is in your face with bright reds, oranges and yellows, one way to cool it down is to add Salvias and companion plants from the blue to purple palatte. Here are 15 choices from our catalog that fashionably match Pantone's African Violet.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Mar 16, 2013 11:03 AM Synopsis: Got shade? Go ahead and get blue about it in the garden. We'll hold your hand, listen to your concerns and help you pick just the right shady salvias in hues to match the 2013 designer colors Dusk Blue and Monaco Blue from Pantone.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Feb 18, 2013 08:41 PM Synopsis: Even landscaping can be stylish. Fill a problem slope with Chilean Mountain Sage and Limelight Mexican Sage. Their flowers are fine color matches for Monaco Blue, one of Pantone's 2013 designer blues. Intersperse lavender-flowered Spreading California Purple Sage.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 30, 2013 04:07 PM Synopsis: Sage is the common name for the uncommonly beautiful Salvia genus. But when designers describe a product as being sage-colored, they mean a shade of grey-green that they say is soothing and that harmonizes with a multitude of colors, including soft pastels, hot oranges and deep purples. A version of sage called "Grayed Jade 14-6011" is one of the Pantone color-matching system's top shades for the design industry this year. This post identifies some Grayed Jade plants in the Flowers by the Sea collection. They are fine peacemakers amid a Salvia garden based on a mixture of Pantone's top greens for 2013, which you can read about in previous articles from our Pantone Pageant series of designer colors in the landscape.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 7, 2013 09:22 AM Synopsis: "font-style: italic;"> Lime is the kind of bright, cheerful color that practically shouts, “Hey, look at me!” Limelight Mexican Sage (Salvia Mexicana ‘Limelight’) is the kind of plant that makes you say, “Hey, look at that! Let’s plant it.” It brightens the landscape with its startling contrast of chartreuse-lime foliage and deep violet-blue flowers. Among the hundreds of Salvias that we grow at Flowers by the Sea, it is difficult to think of a more dramatic poster plant to illustrate “Tender Shoots 14-0446,” one of the greens that the Pantone color corporation says will be big this year with fashion and industrial designers. Three other lovely, lime Salvias originally from the Mediterranean and the Middle East are also discussed here. Although you may not feel comfortable stepping out in a pair of chartreuse jeans, your garden is a safe place to shout out your love of the color.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 2, 2013 07:20 PM Synopsis: Emerald and other cool shades of green are among the hot colors for 2013, according to Pantone, a design-industry leader. Flowers by the Sea doesn't generally think of greens or of any colors in nature as being in or out. However, we think it is fun and fresh to consider garden design from a different perspective. Emerald is Pantone's top color for the year. This article about emerald-colored Salvias begins a pageant of sorts down the runway of our blog, showing how the Pantone color matching system can be used to shape landscaping decisions.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love my Echium 'blue steeple'! I received the plants healthy and ready to transplant. I will definitely be a repeat customer...
— Nancy Barsotti
I received 2 shipments in 2010, total of 8 plants, all salvias. I received large plants per capita and they were growing in an interesting well-drained mix. It contained what looked like tiny bits of clay pots in place of perlite. I highly recommend this nursery based on 2010 experience and future 2011 same.
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My plants arrived in excellent condition! They are bigger and better than any plant I've ever ordered, by far. One plant could not be shipped so I called, and their customer service rep was SO polite and helpful. I'll definitely place more orders with them!
— Kathy Gill
I received my first order of salvias from FBTS this year. The quality of their plants far exceeds that of any other mail order source that I have used......and believe me, I do a ton of plants by mail order!!!!Packing was excellent and not as annoying as some places that use multiple rubber bands to hold things together!!! FBTS will be my first place to search for salvias now!Vicky
— Vicky Krost
Three out of the four salvia plants I ordered were outstanding. The fourth was one I would have never selected at a nursery as it was very mediocre in shape as the top had been lopped off and it wasn't full. I hope it will grow out of it's current sad condition and become a nice plant. Hated to pay so much for that one plant but the three others were great.
— Carolyn Rice
Every year I order from Flowers by the Sea. Every year I am amazed at and thrilled by the plants that arrive. I have never had one fail and I've been ordering for quite a number of years. It's not easy to find great hummingbird plants in Michigan. FBTS fills a huge void for me. If ever I have a question, Kermit, Vikki, and the wonderful folks at FBTS are more than happy to answer them. I'm alre...
— Melissa Pappas
Thank you so much for the shipment of beautiful plants! Every plant in my large order made it to Florida in good shape, and after the recommended period of recovery, they are now flourishing! I am delighted to have these great new additions to my salvia collection, almost all of which are never available in local nurseries and garden centers. I also really appreciated the personal communica...
— Jill Reed
The plants came promptly and were in beautiful shape, nice and strong for planting. They look great.
My order came a couple of days ago and I had to write and thank you. The packing was some of the best I've seen and all the plants were large beautiful specimens, every single one arriving in excellent shape. I buy a lot of plants mail order and your nursery is at the top of my list! Thank you for the excellent job you do and your customer service is the best!