Sometimes you need planting ideas and you need them fast. Quick Digs, our newest category of blog posts, helps you dig into our knowledge and catalog quickly to solve problems, create special gardens and otherwise explore the world of true sages (Salvia spp.) and their companion plants. It takes a central issue, such as weed control, and offers a series of brief articles intended to help you in dealing with it. If you have any concerns or questions that you would like us to explore through Quick Digs posts, please call or send us a message. We'll do our best to dig into what interests you.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Jan 30, 2016 05:48 PM Synopsis: This is the first article in our new Quick Digs series about preparing for spring in Salvia gardens. As spring approaches and daylight grows longer, first steps for preparing Salvia gardening include recording sages already planted before planning new purchases, repotting cuttings and seedlings, inventorying garden tools and turning the compost heap. When the first new growth arrives, you'll be prepared to remove weeds before they choke sages and other perennials that are re-emerging.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: May 21, 2014 01:56 PM Synopsis: This is the fifth article in our Quick Digs series about getting ready for spring in Salvia gardens. The previous post talked about weed control. Now we dig into soil and amendments, which aren't just additions to legal documents. The word also refers to materials added to soil to improve its structure and chemistry. These include organic matter, such as compost, as well as chemical fertilizers and minerals (lime and crushed rock are examples). Choices depend on the plants you want to grow and the current make-up of your garden soil.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Feb 7, 2014 07:37 PM Synopsis: Weeding is the topic of this fourth article in our Quick Digs series about preparing for spring in Salvia gardens. Getting ready for the emergence of previously planted perennials in spring and for planting new sages (Salvia spp.) requires weeding before amending soil and planting. Then, growing vigorously spreading sages and ones rich in aromatic plant chemicals called terpines can help control weeds.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:19 AM Synopsis: This third article in our Quick Digs series about preparing Salvia gardens for spring concerns the Flowers by the Sea Wish List registry for giving and receiving Salvias and companion plants as gifts. Our Wish List removes the guesswork from gift giving while allowing givers to surprise recipients.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Jan 30, 2014 03:34 PM Synopsis:
This is our second article in a Quick Digs series about preparing for spring in Salvia (sage) gardens. It's easier to succeed at almost anything if you make plans and set goals before beginning a project. This is certainly true in Salvia gardening. Creating a gardening calendar ensures greater success in planning.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Oct 24, 2013 09:39 AM Synopsis:
As autumn days become shorter, so does time for protecting all your tender perennial sages (Salvia spp.) that nature designed for warmer winter conditions. This is the fifth and final article in our current Quick Digs series on preparation for winter in the Salvia garden. This post acknowledges that it isn't always possible or even preferable to overwinter tender perennial sages. Sometimes it is better to replant favorites as annuals in spring.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Oct 19, 2013 09:30 AM Synopsis:
For some gardeners, bringing outdoor plants inside during winter is a practical matter. You want to save money. For others, plants are a bit like pets. You feel tender about your tender perennials and can't bear to think of a lovely sage dying from exposure to harsh weather. For both there is also the challenge of attempting to win against nature. This is the fourth article in our current Quick Digs series on preparation for winter in the Salvia garden. This article suggests ways to deal with overwintering sages indoors.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Oct 15, 2013 01:39 PM Synopsis: In chilly climates, such as USDA Cold Hardiness Zones with winter temperatures lower than those of Zone 8, it is difficult for potted plants to survive outdoors when the mercury dips. Soil in containers freezes harder and thaws more rapidly than the ground. So plants in containers are subjected to bigger changes in conditions on a winter patio or entryway. This is the third article in our current Quick Digs series on preparation for winter in the Salvia garden. This article discusses bottom-line rules for improving chances of survival when overwintering sages in containers and suggests a variety of ideas for overwintering outdoors.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Oct 14, 2013 08:46 AM Synopsis: During spring, a heavy coat of fall leaves or wood mulch isn't a good idea for sages (Salvia spp.), because it can cause fungal problems that attack crown and roots. But in winter, organic mulches are ideal for blanketing the foliage and root area of sages. Mulch is particularly useful in protecting protect plant roots against injury from freeze-and-thaw cycles, especially for new fall plantings.This is the second article in our current Quick Digs series on preparation for winter in the Salvia garden.
Category:Quick Digs Posted: Oct 12, 2013 02:43 PM Synopsis: In autumn, even while the days are bright and balmy, you may find yourself frozen with indecision about how to prepare your gardens for winter. Perhaps you are wondering how to protect favorite sages (Salvia spp.) that you know won't survive local winter temperatures and freeze-thaw cycles. Although we can't offer you foolproof solutions, we will provide ideas in this new Quick Digs series on winter mulching and overwintering Salvias both outside and indoors.
Having recently received Cayman, I haven't yet seen it in bloom but am delighted to give a home to a plant that was on the brink of extinction. Since it may be short-lived, I'll keep it in a pot and try leaf cuttings in the winter. I like this com...
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— Annemarie Bristow
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.
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— Alicia Rudnicki
I ordered Amistad Salvia mid May and was so excited to receive such healthy lush plants from California. I am in growing zone 6 Maryland. Four are in full sun and blooming like crazy as of July 1 and about 3 feet high. I have another one in a pot that only gets afternoon sun. Much smaller and is now blooming July 10th. Hummers are here. Color is an incredible vibrant deep purple blue. Wil...
— Beth Keyser
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— Dean Sliger
I received my order at the time I was told I would get them. They were good after 7 days in shipping, a little dry but they have be growing just fine. I can't wait to see them bloom.
I ordered a variety of salvias this year, and they all arrived excellently packaged, healthy, very well rooted, and ready to go outdoors. This is the second year I've ordered from Flowers by the Sea; the salvias I planted last year are already blooming up a storm and beautiful, so I can't wait to see how everything that is new this year looks after a long growing season. Thank you for offerin...
I ordered two Salvia Amistad from FBTS. The plants arrived in great condition and the soil in the pots was still moist. I set them outside in partial sun to let them "harden" and in a couple of days replanted them in larger containers. They are flourishing and have more than tripled in size with lots and lots of gorgeous purple blooms. My hummingbirds love them! Thanks, FBTS!