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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.

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A Community of Anise Scented Sages We Adore

A Community of Anise Scented Sages We Adore


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
New at FBTS: Hummingbirds Thrive on Margie Griffith Sage

New at FBTS: Hummingbirds Thrive on Margie Griffith Sage


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.
Salvia Small Talk: Measuring Soil Drainage

Salvia Small Talk: Measuring Soil Drainage


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Nov 29, 2016 01:22 PM
Synopsis: Well-drained soil for Salvias contains a loose mix of clay, coarse sand and organic matter.
Ask Mr. Sage: Best Time to Plant Drought Resistant CA Natives

Ask Mr. Sage: Best Time to Plant Drought Resistant CA Natives


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.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Shipping in Boxes Like for Salvias?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Shipping in Boxes Like for Salvias?


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.
FBTS Makes Small Increase in Minimum Order Charge

FBTS Makes Small Increase in Minimum Order Charge


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.
Sage Experts: Nancy Newfield, Hummingbird Gardener, Part III

Sage Experts: Nancy Newfield, Hummingbird Gardener, Part III


Category: Sage Experts
Posted: Jul 7, 2016 06:39 PM
Synopsis:

It is ironic that one of the least social types of birds inspires so much sociability in human beings. We refer to hummingbirds, which are the object of festivals and the communal effort of bird banding research nationwide. This is the third and final article in a series about renowned hummingbird expert Nancy L. Newfield, who grows many Salvias in her hummingbird gardens. We recount a visit to Louisiana to observe Newfield and her team banding hummingbirds in winter. You'll also find a rainbow of top hummingbird Salvias listed here.

(Photo credit: John Owens)
Salvia Summit III Meets at Tilden Regional Park in October

Salvia Summit III Meets at Tilden Regional Park in October


Category: Everything Salvias Blog
Posted: May 13, 2016 03:00 AM
Synopsis: Botanists, horticulturists and gardening enthusiasts who love the Salvia genus are invited to Salvia Summit III – a global conference taking place from Friday, October 7, to Sunday October 9, 2016 in Berkeley, California. Lectures will be held at the Environmental Education Center of Tilden Regional Park, which is on the Berkeley boundary of the 2,079-acre park.
Sage Experts: Nancy Newfield, Hummingbird Gardener, Part II

Sage Experts: Nancy Newfield, Hummingbird Gardener, Part II


Category: Sage Experts
Posted: May 5, 2016 03:00 AM
Synopsis: Salvias are among the best hummingbird flowers and red is tops. That's what hummingbird researcher, Nancy L. Newfield began discovering more than 40 years ago. She found that  flower nectar was more attractive than nectar feeders. This is the second article in a 3-part series on Newfield and hummingbird gardening. It includes an excerpt from her book Hummingbird Gardens and an FBTS list of red hummingbird favorites. Bud Hensley photographed the hummingbird pictured here enjoying Salvia subrotunda.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Withering My Native Salvia?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Withering My Native Salvia?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 07:04 PM
Synopsis: A California native sage that looks like it is suffering from drought may actually have root disease caused by a water mold called Phytophthora. Natives are affected by types of this pathogen that strike when soil is moist and temperatures are hot. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and emails from customers.