Synopsis: Los Angeles Times reporter Emily Green praises Salvia for its beauty, fragrance and drought resistance. She calls it an essential plant in the dry Western garden.
Sage is the signature fragrance of the American West, according to Los Angeles Times reporter Emily Green, who writes regularly about dry gardening. Green says it is as essential to a Western garden as lavender is to a French landscape.
Green adds that sages (Salvia spp.) aren't just a symbol of the West's pioneer past, but a 'powerhouse plant of our future' due to the drought tolerance of so many species.
In addition to California native sages, Green enjoys Canary Island Sage (Salvia canariensis), which she describes as the 'star of spring gardens.' She notes that if you are willing to spare some of the plant's buds as habitat for caterpillars, Canary Island Sage still blooms bountifully while acting as a 'butterfly nursery.'
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I just received another order of BeautifulSalvias from Flowers By The Sea. The plants are large and healthy in perfect condition. I really can not say enough positive things about Kermit and Vikki!You will not find better salvias or better service anywhere.I have ordered a number of thimes since I found their site earlier this year. The plants and the service have been the best I have ever rece...
— Rose Hodges
I purchased an order of 30 salvias, milkweeds and agastache from FBTS. The plants were packaged well and arrived large and healthy, with the exception of two plants whose branches had snapped during shipping. The plants that were not damaged in shipping were surprisingly large, with the largest being about a foot tall and eight inches wide, and had healthy roots and leaves.
— Saumitra Kelkar
The plants purchased from FBTS are first rate! They were healthy, and rearing to grow when I received them. Would definitely order again.
— Stacy West
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— Ginny Hersch
Had heard great things and decided to try you guys!! So glad I did...I am so extremely delighted with the size and condition of the plants I received!!!! I will definitely attract more hummingbirds with these perfect plants!!! Thank you so much I am a very happy customer!!!!
— Melanie Brimhall
I was ecstatic last month when I found this nursery while searching for information on Canary Island Sage.Then, when I discovered that they had Salvia azurea, I just knew that I had to order some things.All told, I ended up ordering 7 plants the week before a big Salvia conference. When they got back, we sorted out shipping everything in one box.It arrived two days later, which happened to be ...
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
Everything arrived in perfect condition. We followed the instructions of allowing the plant to accumulate to the local climate in Texas. We planted them two days after we got them. The plants are doing very well with drip irrigation to the base of all 4. Now we wait for the flowers.
— jim peoples
Every plant that I've received from FBTS has been of exceptional size, vigor and quality. Every one ready to go into the ground and thrive! Their packing is exceptional and shipping is speedy. I highly recommend FTBS for their diversity of offerings, depth of knowledge and experience and top shelf mail order service.
— Stephanie Taylor
The Salvia "Anthony Parker" that I received were big, healthy, blooming and multi-stemmed! My only suggestion would be for the plants to be a little less root-bound when shipped, as it makes roughing them out for transplanting stressful for me -- and the plant? The Puya alpestris are stunning, and the shipping charges are reasonable, in contrast to many nurseries. Dave Sherron, Houston TX