Synopsis: Salvias are good additions to sensory gardens, because of their fragrance, texture and visual appeal. Plants with sensory appeal stir memory.
Many sages that are pleasantly fragrant also have velvety foliage or other interesting textures -- such as pebbly leaves -- that please the sense of touch. The vibrant colors of their flowers and foliage appeal to yet another sense.
Long connected to healing, the Salvia genus contains many good choices for what some people call healing,therapy or sensory gardens.
Sensory gardens often aid Alzheimer patients in reconnecting with faltering memory. The Therapeutic Landscapes Network notes that memories connected to sense of smell are powerful, because 'the part of our brain responsible for basic memory evolved out of the tissue that makes up the olfactory cortex.' For example, anyone who has spent time hiking the chaparral lands of Southern California is likely to remember the scent of Sacred White Sage (Salvia apiana).
Touching the soft, furry bracts that cup the flowers of Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha) may bring back memories of pets or velvety dress-up clothes from youth. Looking at the multi-colored pastels of Salvia x jamensis species -- a group of hybrids combining Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (Salvia microphylla) -- can bring back sunrises and sunsets past.
For questions about how Salvias can fit into a sensory garden, please contact us. We have a wealth of varieties and a wealth of good memories about all.
I received my plants in a very timely fashion and they were in unbelievably good condition. I have never ordered plants online that were better packed. I following the directions supplied and my plants are now in containers and looking great. I live in an apartment and have very limited space on my deck..........but do intend to order a few more plants. Anyone wondering whether to order plants ...
— Gary Tucker
The flowers are all great -- Everything was well-packaged and arrived without problems. Would definitely recommend Flowers by the Sea.
— Margaret Matteson
It's too soon to evaluate my new agastache plants as mature plants. What I can say is that they arrived promptly and in great condition, are all planted and blooming, even as young as they are. I love your website, and your detailed information on so many varieties of sages and Agastache. Thank you for the follow-up. I will most likely order more from you as I get more areas of the garden ...
Very happy with purchase.
I saw the beautiful salvias on a friends fb page and had to have some. He was able to share the link with me, so I ordered and absolutely love them! They are doing fabulous and I will be ordering more from this company! It's obvious they care about quality and customer satisfaction.
I love Fowers By The Sea ! Their plants always arrive arrive carefully packed and ready to grow. The quality of the plants are excellent. All have been vigorous , healthy and beautiful ! I've not had a single problem with any of my orders. Flowers By The Sea is top notch and if grades were given (retired teacher) I'd give them A+.
— spencer cornish
Just one day's shipping and my plants were delivered, packed so nicely with loving care. They are just lovely, already with tiny buds just ready to bloom and I am ready to add them to my salvia garden for everyone to see and we all can talk about salvias and our love for them and all other plants and flowers. Thank you for having such a fantastic selection for us to see and read about, the in...
— Bette Marie Vogan
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
This was the first time I had order from Flowers by the Sea. I love salvias and found them online. They have an amazing selection of plants, and their website is loaded with useful information. My order arrived promptly and I was delighted with the condition of my plants--large, healthy specimens, wrapped carefully. They arrived all the way to Chicago in awesome condition, and are now thriv...
I just placed my second order of salvias as I was just so impreseed with the customer service, the fast delivery and the quality of the products and the packaging with the first order. I am a novice gardener and found the salvias a pleasant experience. All seven from the first order are doing very well in (transplanted) clay pots and I expect the second order to do the same. Thank you for yo...