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: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.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Jul 19, 2016 07:15 PM Synopsis: It's understandable to worry about the condition of plants following shipment in a box. However, Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery is exceedingly careful to make sure your plants arrive in healthy condition. A satisfied customer sent us the photos in this article. Step by step, they illustrate the process of unpacking and hardening off FBTS plants received by 3-day ground delivery more than 1200 miles away from our Northern California farm.
Category:News Posted: Jul 13, 2016 08:44 PM Synopsis: Sometimes small changes help online plant nurseries to stay upbeat and, as the Bee Gees sang, to "keep staying alive." Flowers by the Sea, a specialty online Salvia nursery, has made a small increase in its minimum order fee from $20 to $25 to stay profitable and keep providing a wide variety of popular and rare Salvias and companion plants.
Hummers Love this plant! Always working ea. flower. Buy several as will keep hummers in your yard longer. Need some shade n our Denton, Texas hot heat. Blue flowers & light green leaves are beautiful! Does well in large containers.
I just placed my second order of salvias as I was just so impreseed with the customer service, the fast delivery and the quality of the products and the packaging with the first order. I am a novice gardener and found the salvias a pleasant experience. All seven from the first order are doing very well in (transplanted) clay pots and I expect the second order to do the same. Thank you for yo...
— Suzanne S Kusaba
Your website, plant quality, careful packing, rapid shipping (1900 miles in 2 days, thanks UPS!), & superb personal customer service will keep me coming back! My wish list is filling up already. THANKS Kermit!
— John Hicks
The Salvia candelabrum & deserta, & Sideritis oroteneriffae that I received a the end of August, in great shape, are doing nicely in the ground here in San Jose, CA. Also, I have a Salvia x 'John Whittlesey' growing and blooming it heart out for bit over 3 years, and it's a great low water plant too.Thank you,Richard T.
— Richard Tiede
I just received 7 salvia plants: salvia coccinea summer jewel pink and lavender, salvia cinnabarina, salvia fulgens, and salvia guaranitica black and blue. They arrived in perfect condition so perfectly wrapped and protected in a nice size box. I unwrapped them and my plants ranged in height from 6" to 12". They look amazing and I can't wait to plant them.
Beautiful plants, nice and healthy and growing great. Excellent packing and fast shipping. Also great communication. Will do business with again.
— Rick Bianchi
I bought three Dara's Choice salvia for a xeric garden, simply on the basis that I had no other idea what to put in it, and all three plants are doing spectacularly. - from small pots to 3' or more wide in less than six months. I only water them once a month, and the weather's been hot and dry. The leaves are dark green and provide a wonderful foil for the Centaurea (that I also purchased here)...
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
My Salvias arrived fresh and lovely. I have been luxuriating in their fragrance this past week. "Doris," the name I've given my Salvia dorisiana is so nicely vertical. She looks particularly regal among my houseplants and smells like she is wearing a bit of fruity perfume. Thanks for the great plants and shipping.
I am 81 years old and have cultivated rhododendrons, camellias, dwarf conifers, etc. for over 50 years. During that time I have come to know many excellent growers and nurserymen. I have never encountered anything comparable to fbts!! That Kermit and Vikki Carter provide an outstanding selection of exceptionally grown plants is only the beginning. They have set a incomparable standard by the gl...
— Gerry Czamanske
I saw the beautiful salvias on a friends fb page and had to have some. He was able to share the link with me, so I ordered and absolutely love them! They are doing fabulous and I will be ordering more from this company! It's obvious they care about quality and customer satisfaction.