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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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Drought Praise: 3 Low-Water Plants for a Fragrant Walkway

Drought Praise: 3 Low-Water Plants for a Fragrant Walkway


Category: Xeric Choices
Posted: Jul 27, 2015 06:29 PM
Synopsis: Fragrant Salvias and companion plants are excellent choices for entryways. Drought-tolerant plants from naturally dry climates, such as the three featured here, often have a pleasant, resinous fragrance that lingers in memory. Flowers by the Sea promotes water conservation by posting "drought praise" for favorite xeric (low water) plants. Here we suggest three pleasingly fragrant choices for a border making the entry to your home soothing and welcoming.
Battles in the Salvia Garden: Controlling Spider Mites - Part II

Battles in the Salvia Garden: Controlling Spider Mites - Part II


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: Jul 27, 2015 03:00 AM
Synopsis: Pollinators lose important food sources when Salvias and other nectar-rich flowers are destroyed by spider mites. This is Part 2 of a two-part series about understanding and overcoming these dangerous pests. Along with the non-chemical interventions described in Part 1 of this series, gardeners sometimes need the help of predatory insects and mites, insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils. Pesticides called miticides may also eventually be necessary, but should be the last resort.
New at FBTS: Salvias & Companions for Containers

New at FBTS: Salvias & Companions for Containers


Category: New at FBTS
Posted: Jul 23, 2015 02:01 PM
Synopsis: Erase your mental image of short plants in container flower gardens. New offerings at Flowers by the Sea include Salvias and companion plants from tiny to tall that thrive in containers as well as in the ground. Some of the plants featured here develop relatively shallow roots and perform well in smaller pots. But as root systems expand, repotting may be necessary more than one time, especially for shrubs. Learn more at our Everything Salvias Blog.
Drought Praise: 5 Blue-Tag Beauties for Dry Gardens

Drought Praise: 5 Blue-Tag Beauties for Dry Gardens


Category: Xeric Choices
Posted: Jul 22, 2015 03:00 AM
Synopsis: If you live in a semi-arid climate where rain is a vague memory and the soil is crunchy with gravel, you may find yourself praising the color and resilience of blue-tag plants from Flowers by the Sea. Not all of our drought tolerant plants fall into the blue-tag category. Yet ones that do are extremely capable at surviving with little water. FBTS explains plant care and offers five favorite drought-resistant species.
Battles in the Salvia Garden: Controlling Spider Mites - Part I

Battles in the Salvia Garden: Controlling Spider Mites - Part I


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: Jul 19, 2015 11:12 AM
Synopsis: Salvias often suffer when spider mites become legion in gardens. This is Part 1 of a two-part series about understanding and overcoming these dangerous pests. As summer temperatures rise, so do the numbers of the family Tetranychidae -- spider mites -- especially if conditions are dry. Controlling spider mites in your Salvia garden may be as simple as keeping plants hydrated and regularly spraying the little nippers off foliage. Or it may take a number of interventions, including biological controls, such as predatory mites, as well as the use of insecticidal soaps, oils and pesticides
Heavenly Angel's Trumpets for Containers and Garden

Heavenly Angel's Trumpets for Containers and Garden


Category: New at FBTS
Posted: Jul 18, 2015 06:00 AM
Synopsis: You can't hear them, but we have lots of trumpets in the test gardens and greenhouses at Flowers by the Sea. That is, we have lots of varieties of Angel's Trumpet, or Brugmansias, which have huge, pendulous flowers and are native to the Central and South America. Long flowering, evergreen and heavenly looking, they look good enough to eat. But don't do it. Learn about Brugs at FBTS Online Plant Nursery. Make it to the end and you can hear some heavenly music from real trumpets.
Container Gardening Basics: Selecting and Arranging Pots

Container Gardening Basics: Selecting and Arranging Pots


Category: Container Gardening
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 07:39 PM
Synopsis: Assembling a new planter with fresh potting soil and young plants is a feel-good activity similar to moving into a new home. Each pot and property is full of promise. Placing a single plant or a grouping in the right size of pot is like selecting a starter home for it that will encourage healthy growth. The type of material a pot is made from also affects development. Flowers by the Sea Online Salvia Nursery explains how to choose correct pot sizes as well as pot styles, sizes, colors and arrangements. Don't miss The Flowerpot Men music video!
Praise for Top 10 Lesser-Known Drought-Resistant Salvias

Praise for Top 10 Lesser-Known Drought-Resistant Salvias


Category: Xeric Choices
Posted: Jul 14, 2015 06:00 AM
Synopsis: Eco-vigilantes. That's what some newspapers call smartphone users who post photos and videos tagged droughtshaming on Twitter and other social media documenting careless water use by celebrities, everyday homeowners and businesses, especially in Southern California.
Container Gardening Basics: Selecting a Good Potting Mix

Container Gardening Basics: Selecting a Good Potting Mix


Category: Container Gardening
Posted: Jul 11, 2015 04:38 PM
Synopsis: Why is regular garden soil a poor choice for container gardening, and why is sterilized, soilless potting mix better. The term "sterilized" indicates that a potting medium is free of pathogens, weed seed and toxins. "Soilless" means that although it contains organic and inorganic matter, it isn't a garden soil. One of the main reasons to use a soilless mix is that it allows water to drain better in a confined space. Flowers by the Sea explains the basics of potting mixes and why no one recipe fits all needs.
Getting Started: What Is Drought and Xeriscaping

Getting Started: What Is Drought and Xeriscaping


Category: Getting Started with Salvias
Posted: Jul 7, 2015 01:22 PM
Synopsis: Drought is a shortage of precipitation over a season or more as in California where four years of drastic declines in rainfall and snowpack have created severe watering cutbacks. Drought is also defined by what and whom it affects from agriculture to homeowners. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery explains drought and xeriscape, a water-conserving form of landscaping that is effective for gardening during drought and in dry climates. This article is part of the FBTS Getting Started series for gardeners becoming acquainted with Salvias (true sages). It includes a brief list of drought-resistant sages.