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.
Plants were healthy, packaged very well and shipped on time. Fantastic selection of Salvias that promises to keep growing. Will continue to order from your site.
The plants arrived in excellent condition; they are planted and thriving beautifully. The planting instructions that were emailed to me were explicit and a huge help since I have never had sage in my garden before now. Kermit was a great help in selecting plants for my area and zone.
— Gail Green
I was really impressed with the quality and size of the plants. Within a week or so, the Salvias doubled in fullness, and blooming like crazy! Just beautiful plants!
— Susan hartwig
I have ordered twice this season from Flowers By The Sea, and have received excellent plants and service.The salvias and cupheas I ordered were healthy and good sized. I do not mind paying shipping from California if the plants are worth it.What a selection of salvias! The "Big Swing" I bought in June is already three feet tall and is sending out spikes. A fine nursery with high standards.
— elizabeth sprague
Just received my 3 Plectranthus Mona Lavender and I was amazed at the more than excellent packing. What surprised me the most was that it was in transit for 7 days from California to Florida. I expected them to be somewhat droopy, but immediately out of the box they are healthy, beautiful, not dried out at all and have great color. This is the best care I have seen from a plant mail order co...
— Marsha Carbaugh
I am always hesitant to order plants by mail, having had some disappointing experiences, but my first order from Flowers by the Sea was perfect in every way. We marveled at the incredible care shown in the way the plants were packed for shipping. All 14 plants in our order (mostly salvias) arrived in perfect condition and perfect health, many with blooms, all with clear signs of ongoing growth....
— Ananda Patterson
The wait was longer than I expected like felt two weeks due to their shipping schedule, but it was worth it. Overall very leafy for small pots and two of the salvias are in full bloom with half a dozen flower stems since I planted them in mid June. The other one, rhythm and blue, I think it is a late bloomer. I'll consider ordering again if they survives through the winter outside.
I recently received my first order of salvias from Flowers by the Sea. The plants were immaculately packaged. All the salvias had well developed root systems without being potbound. Despite their long journey they have a recovered quickly. I am very reliant on specialist mail order plant nurseries due to my location and this is one of the best I have ever used! I will definitely rely on them ag...
— Cindy Evans
Amistad is THE perfect salvia--just a wonderful size, and it blooms like crazy, even here in Iowa! Now, if only my ruby-throated hummies would find it. Buying them later in the season, they didn't get the prime pieces of real estate, but I'm sure the little hummingbirds will love it as much as the others--especially once the babies come around for their piece of the pie!
We were very impressed with the great condition of the Salvias when they arrived after being shipped to Alabama from California. They looked very green and strong. We followed FBTS's planting instructions and the results have been excellent! FBTS's Salvias have grown really well with beautiful flowers that have drawn butterflies and hummingbirds. Even though our area has received much less than...