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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Salvia Small Talk: Flowers by the Sea Is Monarch Waystation 7671 Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Mar 7, 2014 06:00 AM Synopsis: Flowers by the Sea recently received classification as a certified Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. When you purchase milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.) from FBTS or seed from Monarch Watch, you can grow your own waystation and help Monarchs start making a comeback from their precipitous decline of recent years.
Our Paperless Catalog Is Wallet-Friendly and Ecofriendly Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Mar 2, 2014 09:00 AM Synopsis: Customers often ask us how they can receive a print catalog of the hundreds of plants grown and sold by our nursery, Flowers by the Sea. The answer is that we have never printed a catalog and never will for financial, managerial and environmental reasons. We prefer our online-only garden catalog, because it is wallet-friendly, encourages diversity in the garden, offers efficiency and helps protect the environment. However, we now offer printable versions of our product pages. With the quick click of a button, this function allows you to print only what you need.
Salvia Companions: Kentish Hero Pouch Flowers Category:New at FBTS Posted: Feb 28, 2014 12:41 PM Synopsis: An ancient Welsh chieftain was the inspiration for the common name of Kentish Hero Pouch Flower (Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'). Bright orange as a pumpkin, its plump, prolific blossoms bloom from spring into summer lighting up perennial gardens. This is a water-loving member of the snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae) that grows well in sun and partial shade.
Book Review: Lawn Gone! Low-Maintenance, Sustainable, Attractive Alternatives for Your Yard Category:Book Reviews Posted: Feb 27, 2014 09:07 PM Synopsis: This book review of "Lawn Gone" by Texas landscaper and garden writer Pam Penick concerns replacement or minimization of lawns through xeriscape, the art of planting attractive waterwise landscapes. "Lawn Gone" redefines suburban yards through designs including perennial groundcovers and small shrubs -- such as Autumn Sages (Salvia greggii spp.) -- as well as ornamental grasses, sedges and hardscape, including water features. Flowers by the Sea specializes in Salvias and other xeriscapic plants.
If you don't live in the Andes and certain other parts of South and Central America, it can be difficult to believe photos of the otherworldly Puya genus, which produces unexpected colors and flower stalks rising up to 30 feet tall. Puyas are terrestrial Bromeliads that grow throughout South and Central America. They look like the strange otherworldly plants in science fiction or a Dr. Seuss picture book. Here are three surprising species that are drought resistant and love lots of sun.
Rapid Navigation of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Feb 11, 2014 12:00 AM Synopsis: To make it easier for you to access articles in our rapidly expanding Everything Salvias blog, we have expanded our index of special topics. You'll discover choices including categories for butterfly and hummingbird gardening, Culinary Sages, how-to articles and videos, shade gardening and xeriscape.
Quick Digs: Spring Weeds in Salvia Gardens Category:Quick Digs Posted: Feb 7, 2014 10:37 PM Synopsis: Weeding is the topic of this fourth article in our Quick Digs series about preparing for spring in Salvia gardens. Getting ready for the emergence of previously planted perennials in spring and for planting new sages (Salvia spp.) requires weeding before amending soil and planting. Then, growing vigorously spreading sages and ones rich in aromatic plant chemicals called terpines can help control weeds.
Quick Digs: Using the FBTS Wish List Gift Registry Category:Quick Digs Posted: Feb 5, 2014 01:19 PM Synopsis: This third article in our Quick Digs series about preparing Salvia gardens for spring concerns the Flowers by the Sea Wish List registry for giving and receiving Salvias and companion plants as gifts. Our Wish List removes the guesswork from gift giving while allowing givers to surprise recipients.
20 Heavenly Sages and Companions for Hell Strips Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Feb 2, 2014 03:36 PM Synopsis: Some gardeners call them parking strip or drive-strip gardens. Others bestow the more genteel names of tree-lawn or boulevard garden on these attempts to beautify the scraggly, grassy, weed-ridden verges between sidewalk and street. Then there is the most popular name of all, hell strips, which garden writer and designer Lauren Springer Ogden coined. One colorful solution to the hell strip is to plant short, tough sages (Salvia spp.) and equally drought-resistant companion plants.
I was very impressed by the size and vigor of the salvia spathacea plants I received. They were between eight and nine inches tall which is huge for mail order plants. They appeared to be very healthy and ready to grow.
I ordered 3 salvia apiana (white sage) plants and they came in right on time. The three plants were large with shoots coming off f them already and a healthy root system. I had ordered 3 of the same plants from another online grower and they came in almost dead and have since died. I give Flowers By The Sea an EXCELLENT and will order from them again!!!!!Thank you,Jessica
I ordered 2 Salvia plants on 06/10/12 and recieved them on 06/14/12; not only were the plants healthy, but Flowers By The Sea was generous enough to include a slightly different Salvia to me as a gift! Even better is the fact that I was interested in both to begin with. I placed my order here because of the lower cost of the item of interest to me... I'm glad I gave this company my busines...
I am a Salvia fanatic and have fell in love with this company and their amazing selection of unusual salvia. Keep them coming!!!!Colleen
— colleen james
I received my plant yesterday and it had been damaged during shipping afterwards I emailed the company and got a reply that they had processed a refund for my purchase no problems the whole thing was very easy once I receive the refused I will definitely be making another purchase. Thank you for your excellent customer service.
— Eric Phipps
From Coast to Coast in 3 days!So happily excited I was to receive my order Wed. Oct. 23, Charleston, SC.I placed my order on 10/19 & was notified of tracking # as expected but sometimes don't get. I knew UPS would have it here, SC by Thursday but it arrived early by a day. Yippy. The pkg. packing was more than expected! Way above good shipping standards. Plants arrived in beautiful conditi...
— Marie Lewis
I was feeling glum today, and then UPS delivered my new plants from FBTS (doing a nice job of placing the box right side up). I opened it immediately to discover that all the plants were moist, green and healthy. I fell in love with the sweet fragrances of Salvia lyciodes x greggii 'Ultra Violet' and Salvia lyciodes x greggii 'Ultra Violet' as well as the fascinating variety...
I just received another order of BeautifulSalvias from Flowers By The Sea. The plants are large and healthy in perfect condition. I really can not say enough positive things about Kermit and Vikki!You will not find better salvias or better service anywhere.I have ordered a number of thimes since I found their site earlier this year. The plants and the service have been the best I have ever rece...
— Rose Hodges
I love you guys--the S. macrophylla started blooming flowers a few days after it arrived and so are the canariensis and radula that I ordered earlier in the month. They are absolutely gorgeous and I have no doubt they will thrive once planted in the ground. Thank you thank you!I also wrote a yelp review to help get your site out there :-)http://www.yelp.com/biz/flowers-by-the-sea-elk#hrid:-oMrU...
I received my salvia order today. The plants look great and I can't wait to see them bloom. Loved your selection of rare salvias. Thank you.
— Helena Hartje
JUST LETTING YOU KNOW THAT I RECEIVED THE SALVIAS I ORDER THE NEXT DAY AFTER YOU SHIPPED THEM. THE NINE PLANTS THAT I ORDER WERE IN GOOD SHAPE PLUS THE FREE ONE THAT YOU GAVE ME.SINCE THEY WERE MOIST I LET THEM REST OVER NIGHT AND PLANTED THEM IN GALLON CANS.THE NEXT DAY AND THEY LOOK GOOD.I WILL BE ORDERING FROM YOU AGAIN. VIRGINIA