Technology isn't the only field where change is constant. Horticulture is dynamic; new plants are constantly being introduced. Selecting the best of the best can be daunting even if you are primarily dealing with one genus. Make that one huge genus, because there are about 900 species of true sages, or Salvias, worldwide.
We do our best to help you sample the Salvia world, including new varieties of sage species and companion plants. Our New at FBTS articles detail introductions to our catalog; some are brand new to commercial horticulture and others are simply new additions to our gardens. Please contact us if you would like to share your experience with these plants or other introductions.
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.
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: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:New at FBTS Posted: Jul 23, 2015 02:01 PM Synopsis: Erase your mental image of short plants in container flower gardens. New offerings at Flowers by the Sea include Salvias and companion plants from tiny to tall that thrive in containers as well as in the ground. Some of the plants featured here develop relatively shallow roots and perform well in smaller pots. But as root systems expand, repotting may be necessary more than one time, especially for shrubs. Learn more at our Everything Salvias Blog.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Jun 30, 2015 03:58 PM Synopsis: When gardening in a dry climate, especially during drought, careful selection of plants that tolerate low-water conditions is essential to success. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery grows many drought-tolerant salvias and companion plants, including pre-planned plant collections to make garden planning easier and help you save money. The new Rosy Drought-Resistant Sun Mix combines the creamy pink flowers of Showy Milkweed (Asclepias speciosa) and Indian Milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa) with the deep lavender rose of Sonoran Sunset® Anise Hyssop (Agastache cana 'Sinning').
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Jun 24, 2015 01:25 PM Synopsis: Flowers by the Sea doesn't believe in paint-by-numbers anything, but pre-packaged plant mixes save gardeners effort and money when creating garden masterpieces. At FBTS, we believe in the power of flowers to raise spirits. Although life isn't a bed of Salvias, cares fade temporarily when you step into a garden filled with color and fragrance. But it can be difficult to find time to coordinate a single flowerbed. Lots of decisions go into planning, such as selecting plants with similar cultural needs and putting together pleasing combinations. If you are a garden designer, you may especially appreciate the financial break that plant packages offer when massing vivid, vigorous arrays of color. FBTS details nine new plant collections and explores The Talking Heads' classic Nothing But Flowers along the way.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: May 30, 2015 08:59 AM Synopsis: On a hot day, when struggling to break up compacted, weedy soil along a curb or another hellishly difficult strip of land, you may feel like you are descending into a horticultural inferno with a garden fork. But take heart and drink lots of ice water, because the results of your work may prove divine in a year or two. Some gardeners call these drought-resistant projects “hell strip” gardens, a name coined by garden writer and designer Lauren Springer Ogden. Flowers by the Sea offers ideas for four different hell strips based on USDA Plant Hardiness Zones.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: May 21, 2015 02:48 PM Synopsis: Yellow Salvias are rare, and so are professional plant explorers. Add to this list another rarity -- the availability online of high altitude, Himalayan plants grown from seed collected in the wild. Flowers by the Sea, our Northern California horticultural farm and online plant nursery, obtained seed for two new Salvias from British botanist and plant explorer Chris Chadwell. We're not certain that both plants are yellow-flowered Campanula Leaf Sage (Salvia campanulata), but FBTS is beginning sales now as we test these vigorous plants. Chadwell is an independent plantsman who supports his treks and research by selling shares in the results of his expeditions. FBTS is a subscriber. Himalayan Gloxinia (Incarvillea arguta) is another of our plants from Chadwell seed.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Apr 14, 2015 06:39 AM Synopsis: An ancient Welsh chieftain was the inspiration for the common name of Kentish Hero Pouch Flower (Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'). Bright orange as a pumpkin, its plump, prolific blossoms bloom from spring into summer lighting up perennial gardens. This is a water-loving member of the snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae) that grows well in sun and partial shade.
Category:New at FBTS Posted: Apr 10, 2015 08:22 AM Synopsis: Flowers by the Sea Online Salvia Nursery has fallen hard for the delicate look but rugged constitution of wildflower sages from Valencia on Spain's Mediterranean coast, especially Strong Spanish Sage (Salvia valentina). S. valentina has upright form and looks elegant dressed up in tall spikes of deep lavender, double-lipped flowers from spring into summer. It's a meadow sage with fuzzy bracts and stems that mature from green to rich Pantone Marsala.
I recently received my first ever order from Flowers by the Sea and I must say, the flowers i received exceeded my expectations. After a ride all of the way from California to Michigan they were in great shape. Additionally there size showed better growth than anything you could find in a greenhouse in the same size pot. I would not hesitate ordering from them again. Dave
— Dave Hayford
Both plants arrived quickly and in healthy condition. They are growing quickly and beautifully. The one is blossoming and the hummingbirds like it. Very good value for the price and service.
— Margaret Paul
It was a pleasure shopping here at Flowers by the Sea. I received my Salvia plants timely and the quality has been the best i have received from any online delivery. I will continue to shop here comftrably
I gloriously pleased with the site and the plants. The plants were HEALTHY large, and three of them were blooming and one had set seed. I couldn't be happier. The species were not the normal salvias and I can't wait for them to get large. There was a difference on one salvia between its description on the site and what conditions were on the tag. I called and they said that it was a new plan...
— Mara Eurich
My third shipment of flowers arrived today with temperatures reaching 100 this afternoon. Kermit said they would be safe to ship despite the weather and they arrived in perfect condition. Many were blooming or in bud and all were very healthy and full. When I receive flowers from Flowers by the Sea, I know that I will be receiving the very best. Thank you for growing fantastic salvias.
— Janice Stedke
In one word? WOW! May the Lord continue to bless you and yours to prosper.
— Jimmy Lee Brooks Jr
BEAUTIFUL! love plants, beautifully packed and Kermit was most helpful! thanks...
— ann fischer
The plant was packaged real well. It came alive without any wilted leaves. Now in a pot and surviving. Love it, can't wait until it gets bigger.
— wanda miller
I live in Northern Illinois. The plants were delivered in a couple of days. They were well packed and in great shape when they arrived. I immediately transplanted them and gave them about 2 weeks for the weather to warm and for the plants to grow. I put them in the ground by the middle of May and one of them was already blooming. All three plants are doing great alongside my Scarlet Sage S...
— Peter Grant
I cannot rate this company highly enough! Wonderful web site, endless interesting varieties, excellent service, and strong, healthy plants which arrive ready to grow practically right out of the box. I wholeheartedly recommend Flowers by the Sea to all my gardening friends, and only wish I'd discovered it sooner myself.