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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 button  , 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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Everything Salvias Blog Entries


Made for Shade: Japanese Woodland Salvias

Made for Shade: Japanese Woodland Salvias


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.
Texas and Southwestern Native Plants for Butterflies, Honeybees and Hummingbirds

Texas and Southwestern Native Plants for Butterflies, Honeybees and Hummingbirds


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.
Last Chance Plants: Get Them Before We Run Out

Last Chance Plants: Get Them Before We Run Out


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.
Salvia Small Talk: New Sunset Western Garden Book App

Salvia Small Talk: New Sunset Western Garden Book App


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.
Salvia Small Talk: Butterflies Love St. Catherine's Lace

Salvia Small Talk: Butterflies Love St. Catherine's Lace


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).
Tiny Linwood Arboretum Plants FBTS Salvias on Jersey Shore

Tiny Linwood Arboretum Plants FBTS Salvias on Jersey Shore


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.
Ask Mr. Sage: Why Doesn't FBTS Use USPS Mail

Ask Mr. Sage: Why Doesn't FBTS Use USPS Mail


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.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Use the 'Email Me When Back in Stock' Button

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Use the 'Email Me When Back in Stock' Button


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.
Sage Experts: Meet Salvia Researcher Jesús Guadalupe González-Gallegos

Sage Experts: Meet Salvia Researcher Jesús Guadalupe González-Gallegos


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.
Salvia Small Talk: Accenting Floral Arrangements with Salvias

Salvia Small Talk: Accenting Floral Arrangements with Salvias


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.

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