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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Category:New at FBTS Posted: May 13, 2017 04:27 PM Synopsis: To improve our ordering process, Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery no longer accepts split orders. Dividing an order for delivery on more than one date created confusion and errors.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Apr 10, 2017 06:46 PM Synopsis: Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery specializes in Salvias and often receives questions about how to prune them. Although getting good at pruning takes practice, Salvias rebound quickly if you make mistakes. A key to successful pruning is understanding the varying needs of four main categories of sages. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Mar 4, 2017 10:09 AM Synopsis: Like free lunches, free shipping is a myth. Flowers by the Sea doesn't offer free shipping, because it would require increasing plant prices to cover the cost of shipping. Read more to learn how FBTS sets fair shipping prices. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and notes from customers.
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Feb 27, 2017 09:07 AM Synopsis: If the world were to coronate a Salvia as its favorite annual, there's little doubt that a deep red variety of Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens) would bear the sceptre. It's a long blooming, global favorite sometimes called Bedding Sage or Red Sage. When it was first introduced to horticulture in 1822, it was known as Lee's Scarlet Sage. Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery explains the growth habits and history of Scarlet Sage and suggests numerous favorite cultivars to add grandeur to your garden.
Category:Sacred Sages Posted: Feb 27, 2017 08:53 AM Synopsis: Although it probably originated somewhere in Mexico, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea) existed in the American Southeast prior to European exploration of the New World, so it is considered an American native. It's also native to Central and South America and has naturalized in parts of Europe and Africa. Medical researchers think its phytochemicals may fight illnesses caused by inflammation and oxidative stress from free radicals.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 23, 2017 07:53 AM Synopsis: High altitude, distance from large bodies of water and powerful chinook winds make the Rocky Mountain West a dry gardening environment even in years of higher than average rain and snow. The region's steep mountains have a major impact on where and how precipitation falls. Instead of a single mountain chain, the Rocky Mountains are made up of 100 separate ranges. Similarly, the Salvia genus contains a broad range of sages, many of which thrive in the climactic extremes of the Mountain West.
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Jan 27, 2017 04:07 PM Synopsis:You might expect the foliage of a plant called Anise-Scented Sage (Salvia guaranitica) to smell robustly like licorice, which shares the same fragrance as anise. Some gardeners detect a hint of licorice after crushing a leaf, but many say the foliage merely smells sweet. These popular sages are native to Brazil where indigenous peoples used their leaves as a medicine. Flowers by the Sea grows many varieties in a wide range of sizes and flower colors
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Jan 21, 2017 08:45 AM Synopsis: A love of birds can grow into a passion for gardening. The reverse is also true. Sometimes these passions result in the development of excellent plants, such as Salvia x 'Margie Griffith' -- one of our newest introductions at Flowers by the Sea, our family farm and online nursery. Margie Griffith Sage grows up to 96 inches tall and wide in bloom. In some parts of its USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8 to 11 it feeds hummingbirds nearly year round.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Sep 8, 2016 06:19 PM Synopsis: Drought resistant California native sages thrive when planted in fall. It's easier for roots to become established when soil is warm, air temperatures are cooler and precipitation is increasing. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and emails from customers.
Clearly I am addicted to Flowers by the Sea! I think I've just about ordered at least one of everything! The plants are all super healthy, and arrive in great shape owing to the (patented?) packing method. The hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are in 7th heaven. I HIGHLY recommend FBTS for all the plants they offer, not just the salvias. I got some terrestrial orchids that are doing...
— Laurel Burik
I ordered a variety of salvias this year, and they all arrived excellently packaged, healthy, very well rooted, and ready to go outdoors. This is the second year I've ordered from Flowers by the Sea; the salvias I planted last year are already blooming up a storm and beautiful, so I can't wait to see how everything that is new this year looks after a long growing season. Thank you for offerin...
The plants arrived in excellent condition; they are planted and thriving beautifully. The planting instructions that were emailed to me were explicit and a huge help since I have never had sage in my garden before now. Kermit was a great help in selecting plants for my area and zone.
— Gail Green
I have purchased plants from on line nurseries from all over the world for many years and I have to say the Salvia and Agastache I received from Flowers by the Sea are of the highest quality of any nursery I have ever dealt with. Great packing and extremely well rooted plants. I highly recommend them.
— Ted Wilson
I first ordered from Flowers by the Sea in the spring of 2013, and have ordered from them every succeeding year since then. Their nursery stock arrives very carefully packed which reflects the care they put into to their product. The plants they send are very full and very healthy. By some people's standards I am an extreme gardener, and I have dealt with many many mail order nurseries. To thi...
— Terry E. Czarnecki
This was my first experience with ordering plants from Flowers by the Sea. Exceptional service and attention to packing /shipping detail and follow-up, from Flowers by the Sea. Timely receipt of plants that were in very good condition. I planted them here in North Carolina a couple days after receipt ( about a month ago) and they are already blossoming! I will definitely consider ordering ...
— Gardner in North Carolina
The sage plants arrived in lovely and healthy condition and are doing great after being planted in the ground. No flowers yet, but rapid growth. I highly recommend your company and will buy more from you. Thank you.
— Gisela Kone
I ordered 3 of the Salvia x Greggii (Rasberry Delight) and 2 of Salvia Coahuilensis. All arrived at the time promised. As recommended,I set them under a tree to recover from a 7 days journey to the east coast. They were planted in the ground about 10 days later and all are doing very well. I`m expecting flower buds within the next couple of weeks. I would recommend express mail for future purc...
I placed my order of 6 Salvia Buchananii with Flowers by the Sea in February 2017 for arrival in early to mid March. During the first weeks of March we here in Coastal South Carolina were warned of hard freeze potential. Flowers by the Sea contacted me via telephone to discuss the shipping of these young and tender plants during this hazardous period. They really cared about the success of m...
— Janis Proctor
the nelson cuphea looked very, very healthy with generous leafage and a strong root system