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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Depending on where you live, September may be a time to keep busy planting perennial Salvias or to hunker-down and plan garden recovery following storm damage. Each month, FBTS publishes a list of tips suggesting ways to maintain and beautify your Salvia garden. New plantings and transplanting of sages in autumn works well; dividing or pruning them doesn't.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Aug 19, 2017 04:03 PM Synopsis: Planning for Salvia garden success requires following the rule of selecting the right plant for the right place. Desert sages aren't appropriate for the damp Southeast. Moisture-loving ones aren't right for desert climates where they need lots of watering to survive. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery offers tips for selecting plants based on local climate. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Aug 4, 2017 06:15 PM Synopsis: Moon gardens contain plants with pale flowers -- especially whites -- and silvery or variegated foliage that shine in moonlight. Some gardeners plant them to glow from afar when peering into the dark through a window. Others design these gardens for nighttime rambles. A number of white-flowered sages would be excellent additions to the dreamy design of a moon garden.
July is a time of lush plant growth and pollinator activity in Salvia gardens. Aside from weeding and taking breaks to watch bees, hummingbirds and other small wildlife, there are many tasks to attend to in the sage garden during July. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery offers a list of midsummer tasks to keep your garden buzzing and blooming.
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.
Thank you so much for the shipment of beautiful plants! Every plant in my large order made it to Florida in good shape, and after the recommended period of recovery, they are now flourishing! I am delighted to have these great new additions to my salvia collection, almost all of which are never available in local nurseries and garden centers. I also really appreciated the personal communica...
— Jill Reed
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.
We were very happy with the plants we ordered. We followed yoyr instructions and the plants are doing well
— Michael Meiser
From Coast to Coast in 3 days!So happily excited I was to receive my order Wed. Oct. 23, Charleston, SC.I placed my order on 10/19 & was notified of tracking # as expected but sometimes don't get. I knew UPS would have it here, SC by Thursday but it arrived early by a day. Yippy. The pkg. packing was more than expected! Way above good shipping standards. Plants arrived in beautiful conditi...
— Marie Lewis
I am always hesitant to order plants by mail, having had some disappointing experiences, but my first order from Flowers by the Sea was perfect in every way. We marveled at the incredible care shown in the way the plants were packed for shipping. All 14 plants in our order (mostly salvias) arrived in perfect condition and perfect health, many with blooms, all with clear signs of ongoing growth....
— Ananda Patterson
gorgeous large plants packed extremely well for cross country shipping they are very healthy and perky, ready to plant buds appeared the following week. now they are already blooming. they are so full they look as if they've been in the garden since spring!
Beautiful plants, nice and healthy and growing great. Excellent packing and fast shipping. Also great communication. Will do business with again.
— Rick Bianchi
I have ordered several times from Flowers By The Sea and would highly recommend them if you would like to receive well grown plants of excellent quality. The plants are always a good size, not puny sticks like many nurseries send. Despite my orders being shipped across country, they arrive in great shape due to being packed with care. I am so happy I found Flowers By The Sea.
— dolores waddell
The plants came promptly and were in beautiful shape, nice and strong for planting. They look great.
My order for S. greggii alba x dorisiana, S. Amistad and S. x Electric Purple arrived yesterday afternoon in excellent condition with approx. 11", 18" and 8" of growth respectively, not including blooms on Elec. Purple. (These plants are much larger and healthier looking than what I could purchase from local growers and therefore to me are worth the shipping cost.) I put them out to harden sh...