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:Shade Gardening Posted: Aug 28, 2014 12:52 PM Synopsis: Sturdy, shade-loving Japanese Salvias are lovely additions to woodland gardens with their deceptively delicate-looking flowers and lush, large-leafed foliage. They are ideal for bordering curving pathways through trees and other woodland plants, because they invite visitors to pause for close-up views. Flowers by the Sea offers suggestions for woodland gardening, including seven hardy Japanese sages.
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Aug 25, 2014 06:30 AM Synopsis: Many gardeners and wildlife lovers in states with recurrent drought choose to increase the number of native plants in their yards. This is especially true of Texas, where statewide drought began in 2010 and hasn't yet abated. Native plants appeal to local wildlife, including pollinators. To help gardeners from Texas and the Southwest who want to create wildlife habitat, Flowers by the Sea (FBTS) suggests 25 Salvias and companion plants appropriate for Texas and Southwest gardens.
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Aug 24, 2014 04:08 PM Synopsis: Hear the ticking? It's coming from the Last Chance plant queue on our homepage. As the end of the month approaches, time is running out to purchase a number of Salvias and companion plants that won't be in stock again until late winter or early next spring. So come and get them, because these plants won't be in production again for a number of months.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Aug 22, 2014 06:00 AM Synopsis: Last spring, a smartphone and computer-pad app for The New Sunset Western Garden Book became available. Reviewers are enjoying no longer having to lug the heavy print book to their local nurseries.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Aug 18, 2014 06:30 AM Synopsis: Fall is a season for planting promising species that won’t flower until the next growing season, but will eventually provide beauty as well as wildlife habitat. These plants include the butterfly favorite St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum).
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Aug 15, 2014 08:40 PM Synopsis: The New York Times in 2012 described Southern New Jersey's Linwood Arboretum as "a little acre of unsung plants" intent on fostering horticultural diversity. Its newest unsung plants include dozens of Salvias from Flowers by the Sea. Linwood Arboretum could also be called Allen and Hella Lacy's Acre of Determination. That's because the Lacys not only imagined a way to make neglected municipal land flourish but also organized volunteers and contributors to create its gardens.
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Aug 9, 2014 08:29 PM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a question-and-answer feature based on topics raised in calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This post concerns why U.S. Postal Service priority mailing containers don't fit our plants and their shipping prices for larger containers can't match those of our shipper, UPS. We choose to keep plant prices affordable by charging accurate shipping costs based on customer locations.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Aug 9, 2014 08:08 PM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a question-and-answer feature based on topics raised in calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This post concerns the FBTS "Email Me When Back in Stock" button -- a feature on our plant description pages that allows customers to request notification as soon as out-of-stock plants become available again.
Category:Sage Experts Posted: Aug 8, 2014 12:08 AM Synopsis: The FBTS Sage Experts series focuses on Salvia specialists -- both amateurs and professionals -- in settings ranging from botanic gardens to universities. This article focuses on Jesús Guadalupe González-Gallegos of the University of Guadalajara, an expert in the taxonomy of Salvias native to Western Mexico. He discusses the megadiversity of Mexican flora and problems involving incorrect identification of sage species.
Category:Everything Salvias Blog Posted: Aug 6, 2014 08:19 PM Synopsis: Southern California urban homesteader Kate Richards offers good advice for incorporating Salvias into country-style bouquets. Richards gained her flower-arranging experience while working in the floral industry, but you don't have to be a florist to design beautiful bouquets.
I just received my 1st order of plants and I am thrilled by the condition and by the quick delivery time. Spectacular service.May I suggest that you include your excellent print out on after- care of plants upon receipt with orders.
— Carol Terry
Plants were healthy, packaged very well and shipped on time. Fantastic selection of Salvias that promises to keep growing. Will continue to order from your site.
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
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 received my salvia order today. The plants look great and I can't wait to see them bloom. Loved your selection of rare salvias. Thank you.
— Helena Hartje
I ordered 2 Salvia plants on 06/10/12 and recieved them on 06/14/12; not only were the plants healthy, but Flowers By The Sea was generous enough to include a slightly different Salvia to me as a gift! Even better is the fact that I was interested in both to begin with. I placed my order here because of the lower cost of the item of interest to me... I'm glad I gave this company my busines...
Our very first order from Flowers By The Sea arrived yesterday. Excellent packaging insured that all plants were in perfect condition. We have rarely ever seen anything done so well. Because the plants look in wonderful shape, expectations are that we will have beautiful blooms this summer. In fact, Salvia microphylla already has buds on it. Thank you, FBTS, for top quality plants and servic...
— Janice Krause
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 received 2 shipments in 2010, total of 8 plants, all salvias. I received large plants per capita and they were growing in an interesting well-drained mix. It contained what looked like tiny bits of clay pots in place of perlite. I highly recommend this nursery based on 2010 experience and future 2011 same.
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...