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:Portraits in Gardening Posted: Nov 19, 2015 04:27 PM Synopsis: If you plant plenty of hummingbird favorites, including Salvias, great photo opportunities will come. That's the advice of Ohioan Bud Hensley for nature shutterbugs.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Sep 8, 2015 06:56 PM Synopsis: Bring on the sun. Bring on the heat. Bring on the drought-resistant Salvia groundcovers.Flowers by the Sea offers a short list of top groundcovers from around the world for fighting drought. They come from Asia, California, Mexico and Morocco in lavender, purple and pink to do battle against the boring brown caused by water shortage. Similar to gravel, bark chip or pine needle mulch, these groundcovers discourage weeds, cool soil, conserve moisture and add color to gardens. They are living mulch.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Sep 7, 2015 08:55 AM Synopsis: It isn't surprising that the golden flowers of the drought-resistant, perennial Texas Craglily (Echeandia texensis) are tops for attracting butterflies. The plant was first discovered on Green Island in Laguna Madre, which is at the southernmost tip of Texas. The area is part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which is home to 300 butterfly species. Texas Craglily is an adaptable plant that grows well both in dry and somewhat damp conditions and from California to the Southeast. But it is a rare species that may be threatened by land development and the U.S./Mexico border fence.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Sep 1, 2015 07:29 PM Synopsis: California's small, Mohave Desert city of Barstow averages about 5 inches of rain annually. Across the continent, Pensacola, Florida, has more than double Barstow's population and more than 12 times its amount of rainfall. Yet both cities are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone 9 where you can plant perennials and shrubs that survive winter lows ranging from 20 to 30 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea takes readers on a triple coast road trip of Zone 9 and suggests plantings for varied growing conditions along the way.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Aug 25, 2015 08:16 AM Synopsis: Searching for shade-tolerant plants is difficult. Finding ones that grow well in dry conditions, especially as groundcovers, is even more challenging. Flowers by the Sea talks about different types of shade and four drought-resistant perennials for these varying levels of sun exposure. It also explains how to search the company's extensive product menu.
Category:Shade Gardening Posted: Aug 21, 2015 10:11 AM Synopsis: Sturdy, shade-loving Japanese Salvias are lovely additions to woodland gardens with their lush, large-leafed foliage and delicate-looking flowers in colors including pinks, purples and yellows. They're ideal for bordering shady paths where they invite visitors to pause for close-up views. Flowers by the Sea suggests eight Japanese species for woodland gardens and organizes them according to their cold hardiness.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Aug 18, 2015 09:40 AM Synopsis: What kinds of Salvias are good choices for potting? Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of our Everything Salvias Blog, says the answer is many. In this post, Mr. Sage suggests some surprising combinations for potting and explains how to navigate the Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery catalog to find Salvias and companion plants appropriate for container gardening.
Late summer is a good time to plant at the coolest times of day. Settling in Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla) before Indian summer will give their roots a chance for strong growth so they can withstand winter's chill and leaf out again next spring. These drought-resistant species are closely related and hybridize freely when they meet. They also cross with other sages they encounter. FBTS details seven pink and purple varieties that bloom off and on spring to fall.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Aug 11, 2015 09:52 AM Synopsis: Not everyone who lives in a dry climate wants a cactus garden. And not all cottage gardens are filled with pansies and peonies. Flowers by the Sea highlights ten tough perennial Salvias in pastels for low-water cottage gardens. The palette of drought-resistant choices includes sages with blue, lavender, peach, pink and yellow flowers for a soothing touch in your landscape.
Received this salvia in May- it has quadrupled in size @ least - starting blooming in July & was still beautiful in October!!- planted on slight slope so as to drain well with our damp wet winters here in New York- if this over winters , I will be...
I have been ordering Salvias from Flowers By The Sea for several years now. They are a real treasure! I have not found another nusery with such an amazing selection of species Salvias. All plants always arrive in excellent condition - perfectly packed and packaged and of the perfect size for transfer into the garden. This company has everything covered - a perfectly designed website, with e...
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
— virginia furtado
I received my first order (of salvias) three days ago - they came to North Texas via regular mail and look great. They are large, no leaf drop, and are already over the 'not so perky' phase that comes with being shipped; several have open blooms already. I appreciate the very reasonable prices which help offset the cost of postage. Great selection - I have already made a second order. (Can't...
— Doris Wilkinson
Very pleased with all the salvias that I have purchased. They are planted in a garden setting and are thriving. The salvias are hardy and are thriving. The service and the quality of plants was exceptional. Will keep returning
— Anton T Harris
Very satisfying service. Plants arrived as promised, though one was damaged. I notified fbts and received a refund. Plants are doing well, as they were healthy and we followed the complete and understandable instructions for preparation and planting. Many thanks. I have recommended this company to others.
— Carol Sherrill
I ordered an assortment of Mexican Native Salivias. I can report this: I received top quality, large plants that were very well rooted, & pinched back. The plants were well well packaged & delivered exactly as scheduled. No soil jostled, no damaged leaves/stems. I'm impressed.Worth comment, too, is the impressive breadth of Salvia species, availability of plants offered, and site ...
My sages arrived today. I was so excited when I opened the box to discover that all were moist and vibrant after three days on the road. One of the Salvia lyciodes x greggii 'Ultra Violet' plants was even blooming! Also, how thoughtful of you to wrap them in newsprint! There were no materials to throw away; the newsprint is now in my compost heap.
I was very impressed with the careful packing when I opened the box with my blue anise sage! 4 out of the 6 plants already had beautiful flowers! One stem had completely broken off at the base. I emailed fbts and got a prompt reply that it would be replaced. I will order from them in the future!
— Shelly Hales
I recently bought 5 salvias in two varieties. I was impressed on how quickly they came and how carefully packaged they were. I cant wait to watch them mature, and will defiantly be buying more from you in the future! Thanks!
— Elizabeth Thompson
I ordered Wendy's Wish salvia and Elk white ice salvia. I was thrilled to find the Wendy's Wish. It is one of my favorite salvias. I had never had a truly white salvia and it is stunning. The plants were in great shape after traveling from California all the way to Georgia. They are thriving in my garden. The hummingbirds cover these plants all day. I am so excited to have a source for salvi...