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Everything Salvias Blog

We began publishing our Everything Salvias blog in 2010 for your enjoyment and to help you "get it right" when growing sages that are often unavailable at local garden centers.

It seems like there is an endless bounty of stories to be told. But that's to be expected when covering a genus containing an estimated 900 species -- the largest group within the mint family (Lamiaceae). In addition to Salvias, we write about other species that are either mint family members or low-water companions for our many drought-tolerant Salvias. We welcome comments as well as suggestions for future blog posts.

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Sage Experts: How Robin Middleton's Gardens Bloomed

Sage Experts: How Robin Middleton's Gardens Bloomed


Category: Sage Experts
Posted: Sep 15, 2014 06:00 AM
Synopsis: Sage Experts focuses on Salvia specialists -- both amateurs and professionals -- in settings ranging from home gardens to university laboratories. This article concerns Robin Middleton of Surrey, England, and his popular Robins Salvias website. The longtime horticulturist grows more than 100 Salvia species and cultivars in his garden and greenhouses.
Rootbound Salvias: Assessment & Treatment

Rootbound Salvias: Assessment & Treatment


Category: Views from the Garden
Posted: Sep 11, 2014 06:51 PM
Synopsis: Before planting a Salvia in the ground or moving it to a larger container, you should determine whether it has become rootbound and needs to have its rootball loosened. Salvias put up with being rootbound more easily than most flowering plants. However, a Salvia needs extra attention before replanting if its roots dangle from the pot's drain holes and are so dense that they overwhelm the soil. Then the rootball feels too firm and can't be replanted as is. In this video from Northern California's Flowers by the Sea family farm, FBTS horticulturist and co-owner Kermit Carter removes several plants from their containers to show you different stages of heavy rooting. Carter demonstrates a variety of methods for loosening roots and soil before replanting. FBTS specializes in the Salvia genus, which contains some 900 species. This video is part of its blog series Views from the Garden.
Leonotis: Mint Family Members that Roar in the Landscape

Leonotis: Mint Family Members that Roar in the Landscape


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: Sep 11, 2014 10:48 AM
Synopsis: Orange is an aggressive color in the garden. It doesn't purr. The fuzzy, shaggy, hot orange flowers of the Leonotis genus growl for attention. Their stems are so tall that they may reach up to 6 feet, towering over the foliage like gawky Dr. Seuss blossoms. Flowers by the Sea grows three kinds.
Portraits in Gardening: Ward Dasey

Portraits in Gardening: Ward Dasey


Category: Portraits in Gardening
Posted: Sep 8, 2014 06:30 AM
Synopsis: Portraits in Gardening is a blog series from Flowers by the Sea that profiles customers who are passionate about the Salvia genus. This article focuses on wildlife gardener, birder and dedicated volunteer Ward W. Dasey III, who grows Salvias at New Jersey's Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Dasey and nature-loving friends proposed the park to make bird watching easier on the Delaware River.
Made for Shade: Japanese Woodland Salvias

Made for Shade: Japanese Woodland Salvias


Category: Shade Gardening
Posted: Aug 28, 2014 12:52 PM
Synopsis: Sturdy, shade-loving Japanese Salvias are lovely additions to woodland gardens with their deceptively delicate-looking flowers and lush, large-leafed foliage. They are ideal for bordering curving pathways through trees and other woodland plants, because they invite visitors to pause for close-up views. Flowers by the Sea offers suggestions for woodland gardening, including seven hardy Japanese sages.
Texas and Southwestern Native Plants for Butterflies, Honeybees and Hummingbirds

Texas and Southwestern Native Plants for Butterflies, Honeybees and Hummingbirds


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: Aug 25, 2014 06:30 AM
Synopsis: Many gardeners and wildlife lovers in states with recurrent drought choose to increase the number of native plants in their yards. This is especially true of Texas, where statewide drought began in 2010 and hasn't yet abated. Native plants appeal to local wildlife, including pollinators. To help gardeners from Texas and the Southwest who want to create wildlife habitat, Flowers by the Sea (FBTS) suggests 25 Salvias and companion plants appropriate for Texas and Southwest gardens.
Last Chance Plants: Get Them Before We Run Out

Last Chance Plants: Get Them Before We Run Out


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: Aug 24, 2014 04:08 PM
Synopsis: Hear the ticking? It's coming from the Last Chance plant queue on our homepage. As the end of the month approaches, time is running out to purchase a number of Salvias and companion plants that won't be in stock again until late winter or early next spring. So come and get them, because these plants won't be in production again for a number of months.
Salvia Small Talk: New Sunset Western Garden Book App

Salvia Small Talk: New Sunset Western Garden Book App


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 06:00 AM
Synopsis: Last spring, a smartphone and computer-pad app for The New Sunset Western Garden Book became available. Reviewers are enjoying no longer having to lug the heavy print book to their local nurseries.
Salvia Small Talk: Butterflies Love St. Catherine's Lace

Salvia Small Talk: Butterflies Love St. Catherine's Lace


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 18, 2014 06:30 AM
Synopsis: Fall is a season for planting promising species that won’t flower until the next growing season, but will eventually provide beauty as well as wildlife habitat. These plants include the butterfly favorite St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum).
Tiny Linwood Arboretum Plants FBTS Salvias on Jersey Shore

Tiny Linwood Arboretum Plants FBTS Salvias on Jersey Shore


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: Aug 15, 2014 08:40 PM
Synopsis: The New York Times in 2012 described Southern New Jersey's Linwood Arboretum as "a little acre of unsung plants" intent on fostering horticultural diversity. Its newest unsung plants include dozens of Salvias from Flowers by the Sea. Linwood Arboretum could also be called Allen and Hella Lacy's Acre of Determination. That's because the Lacys not only imagined a way to make neglected municipal land flourish but also organized volunteers and contributors to create its gardens.