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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.

To access articles rapidly based on your interests, please click on the categories below, which include do-it-yourself videos (Views from the Garden). If you subscribe to our RSS feed by clicking on the small orange button feed buttonĀ  , you'll receive announcements when new blog articles appear. But please note: This is a dangerous place for a sage lover.

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Sacred Sage: Salvia coccinea -- An American Subtropical Treasure
Sacred Sage: Salvia coccinea -- An American Subtropical Treasure
Category: Sacred Sages
Posted: Apr 6, 2014 07:01 PM
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 native to Central and South America as well 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.
Salvia Companions: Tough Yet Graceful Ornamental Grasses
Salvia Companions: Tough Yet Graceful Ornamental Grasses
Category: New at FBTS
Posted: Apr 3, 2014 09:06 PM
Synopsis: Although the best ornamental grasses are landscape pros, they usually play supporting roles that add depth and fascination to a perennial garden without demanding star treatment. Due to preferring little fertilizer and minimal water once established, these ornamentals are fine companions for Salvias. Flowers by the Sea is now growing and selling a number of colorful grasses.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Sages Grow in Clay Soils?
Ask Mr. Sage: What Sages Grow in Clay Soils?
Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Apr 2, 2014 08:51 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives, such as concerns about what Salvias will grow in clay soils. This article talks about specific plants for dry and wet clay conditions, how to improve soil drainage and planting on slopes in wet areas.

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Control Snails
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Control Snails
Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Mar 30, 2014 09:01 PM
Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature from Flowers by the Sea. This one talks about how to ward off snails and slugs safely through simple organic methods, including barriers and handpicking, as well as through careful use of iron-phosphate pesticides. It also talks about how to nurse damaged Salvias back to health.
Book Review: Nature-Friendly Garden by Marlene A. Condon
Book Review: Nature-Friendly Garden by Marlene A. Condon
Category: Book Reviews
Posted: Mar 13, 2014 12:13 PM
Synopsis: Reading Marlene A. Condon's Nature-Friendly Garden is like observing a game of toppling dominoes. All the pieces are lined up standing on end in a complex, maze-like pattern. Flick one domino and the whole structure tumbles. Similarly, the author shows how simple choices we make in our gardens have consequences that can build or destroy wildlife habitat.
Salvia Small Talk: Unusual Pineapple Sage Culinary Treats
Salvia Small Talk: Unusual Pineapple Sage Culinary Treats
Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Mar 9, 2014 04:23 PM
Synopsis: Pineapple Sage looks and tastes delightful in many foods, including baked goods. It's a surprising treat in herb butters and marmalade.
Salvia Small Talk: Flowers by the Sea Is Monarch Waystation 7671
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
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
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
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.