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:New at FBTS Posted: Dec 7, 2015 04:11 PM Synopsis: Quick Look is a new shortcut on the Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery homepage that takes you quickly to galleries of Salvia groups in our online catalog. FBTS wants to make your shopping and gardening life easier.
Category:Portraits in Gardening Posted: Nov 19, 2015 04:27 PM Synopsis: If you plant plenty of hummingbird favorites, including Salvias, great photo opportunities will come. That's the advice of Ohioan Bud Hensley for nature shutterbugs.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Sep 8, 2015 06:56 PM Synopsis: Bring on the sun. Bring on the heat. Bring on the drought-resistant Salvia groundcovers.Flowers by the Sea offers a short list of top groundcovers from around the world for fighting drought. They come from Asia, California, Mexico and Morocco in lavender, purple and pink to do battle against the boring brown caused by water shortage. Similar to gravel, bark chip or pine needle mulch, these groundcovers discourage weeds, cool soil, conserve moisture and add color to gardens. They are living mulch.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Sep 7, 2015 08:55 AM Synopsis: It isn't surprising that the golden flowers of the drought-resistant, perennial Texas Craglily (Echeandia texensis) are tops for attracting butterflies. The plant was first discovered on Green Island in Laguna Madre, which is at the southernmost tip of Texas. The area is part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, which is home to 300 butterfly species. Texas Craglily is an adaptable plant that grows well both in dry and somewhat damp conditions and from California to the Southeast. But it is a rare species that may be threatened by land development and the U.S./Mexico border fence.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Sep 1, 2015 07:29 PM Synopsis: California's small, Mohave Desert city of Barstow averages about 5 inches of rain annually. Across the continent, Pensacola, Florida, has more than double Barstow's population and more than 12 times its amount of rainfall. Yet both cities are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone 9 where you can plant perennials and shrubs that survive winter lows ranging from 20 to 30 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea takes readers on a triple coast road trip of Zone 9 and suggests plantings for varied growing conditions along the way.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Aug 25, 2015 08:16 AM Synopsis: Searching for shade-tolerant plants is difficult. Finding ones that grow well in dry conditions, especially as groundcovers, is even more challenging. Flowers by the Sea talks about different types of shade and four drought-resistant perennials for these varying levels of sun exposure. It also explains how to search the company's extensive product menu.
Category:Shade Gardening Posted: Aug 21, 2015 10:11 AM Synopsis: Sturdy, shade-loving Japanese Salvias are lovely additions to woodland gardens with their lush, large-leafed foliage and delicate-looking flowers in colors including pinks, purples and yellows. They're ideal for bordering shady paths where they invite visitors to pause for close-up views. Flowers by the Sea suggests eight Japanese species for woodland gardens and organizes them according to their cold hardiness.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Aug 18, 2015 09:40 AM Synopsis: What kinds of Salvias are good choices for potting? Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of our Everything Salvias Blog, says the answer is many. In this post, Mr. Sage suggests some surprising combinations for potting and explains how to navigate the Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery catalog to find Salvias and companion plants appropriate for container gardening.
Late summer is a good time to plant at the coolest times of day. Settling in Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla) before Indian summer will give their roots a chance for strong growth so they can withstand winter's chill and leaf out again next spring. These drought-resistant species are closely related and hybridize freely when they meet. They also cross with other sages they encounter. FBTS details seven pink and purple varieties that bloom off and on spring to fall.
I received my Salvia in a very timely manner in excellent condition. It is growing very rapidly and is looking very fresh and healthy. I really appreciate the many different Salvias that are available through Flowers by the Sea. The collection is not available anywhere else, I'm sure. I'm so happy I found their web site, which by the way, is the most outstanding and informative web site I h...
— D. Chairez
What beautiful, tenderly cared for plants, and so carefully packed. I've never seen anything quite like it. Your love for your plants is contagious. Now I love them too. Thank you.
Flowers always arrive perfectly wrapped with many in bud or blooming. The salvias are my favorite as I buy those for the hummers. FBTS are wonderful people to work with if there are questions concerning the order and the plants I purchase from them are beautiful and healthy.
— Janice Stedke
Flowers by the Sea is one of my favorite nurseries; buying plants from them reminds me of kennels that raise puppies in the house as family dogs until they are old enough to sell: these are well loved plants: well grown, well documented, well shipped. Pop them in the ground and stand back. I don't think I've ever had a problem with a plant I've gotten here, even after they've been in my clumsy...
— Katie Percy
Thank you for the extra time and care in making sure that the plants arrived in excellent condition. The vigorous roots of each plant readily lend themselves to organic inoculants (mycorrhizae) and soil amendments (compost). Just by observing them in pots, it is my novice opinion that the xeric nature of some of the shipment might be tempered by digging an extra deep/wide planting hole for i...
— Jimmy Brooks
I received my plant yesterday and it had been damaged during shipping afterwards I emailed the company and got a reply that they had processed a refund for my purchase no problems the whole thing was very easy once I receive the refused I will definitely be making another purchase. Thank you for your excellent customer service.
— Eric Phipps
Thank You for the Great Service and 5 Beautiful Cherry Chief Sage plants. All arrived safe and sound because of the Great detail of packing them! The Plants spent 4 days under Grow Lights because of the threat of hail and damaging winds in my part of Texas. Been in-ground now approx. 3 weeks and all 5 have buds and will flower shortly! Followed Your advice given for My handling of the arriving ...
— Patrick Abdo
Used to live in CA and when I moved to NJ I missed the availability of Salvias. Found your website, searched by zone as I live in zone 6 and found the best asst of Salvias. Believe me when I say that as we order seeds from all over the world. And to our amazement the quality of the plants surpassed the selection! Always top quality plants.
— Steve Stahl
Flowers by the Sea is a veritable treasure trove of gorgeous, fragrant, resilient plants; in particular their selection of Salvias or "Sages" is spectacular in its range and diversity. The 8 new species that now grace my garden arrived from fbts 3 days after placing my orders. They were packed flawlessly, fully rooted and ready to grow with plenty of fresh foliage! I could hardly believe I had ...
— Stephen Prins
From one salvia lover to another.... I always am so amazed at the quality and condition of plants I order from you. In spite of the distance (CA-SC) the plants always are in wonderful condition. All 12 of the recent order were well rooted and ready for planting. Thank you for your quality products!