Xeriscaping is the art of landscaping with plants that are well adapted to dry growing conditions. Global warming and drought are increasingly affecting home and public landscapes throughout the nation. Consequently, many gardeners are focusing on plants that are attractive yet survive or even thrive when water is limited. The Salvia (true sage) genus is huge and includes many choices for waterwise gardening. Our Xeric Choices articles include historical perspectives on this late 20th century gardening technique as well as suggestions for drought-tolerant Salvias and companions. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to share your experiences with xeriscape.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Sep 8, 2015 06:56 PM Synopsis: Bring on the sun. Bring on the heat. Bring on the drought-resistant Salvia groundcovers.Flowers by the Sea offers a short list of top groundcovers from around the world for fighting drought. They come from Asia, California, Mexico and Morocco in lavender, purple and pink to do battle against the boring brown caused by water shortage. Similar to gravel, bark chip or pine needle mulch, these groundcovers discourage weeds, cool soil, conserve moisture and add color to gardens. They are living mulch.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Aug 25, 2015 08:16 AM Synopsis: Searching for shade-tolerant plants is difficult. Finding ones that grow well in dry conditions, especially as groundcovers, is even more challenging. Flowers by the Sea talks about different types of shade and four drought-resistant perennials for these varying levels of sun exposure. It also explains how to search the company's extensive product menu.
Late summer is a good time to plant at the coolest times of day. Settling in Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla) before Indian summer will give their roots a chance for strong growth so they can withstand winter's chill and leaf out again next spring. These drought-resistant species are closely related and hybridize freely when they meet. They also cross with other sages they encounter. FBTS details seven pink and purple varieties that bloom off and on spring to fall.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Aug 4, 2015 02:55 PM Synopsis: Hummingbirds love the nectar of Salvias, particularly red ones, which they can see but bees can't. Also, unlike most birds, hummingbirds can taste sweets and seek out flowers that produce lots of sugary nectar. However, nectar can be difficult to come by during drought. The Salvia genus is well known for its bright flowers, rich nectar and many drought-tolerant plants. We suggest five bright red, drought-tolerant Salvias that hummingbirds love.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Jul 27, 2015 06:29 PM Synopsis: Fragrant Salvias and companion plants are excellent choices for entryways. Drought-tolerant plants from naturally dry climates, such as the three featured here, often have a pleasant, resinous fragrance that lingers in memory. Flowers by the Sea promotes water conservation by posting "drought praise" for favorite xeric (low water) plants. Here we suggest three pleasingly fragrant choices for a border making the entry to your home soothing and welcoming.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Jul 22, 2015 03:00 AM Synopsis: If you live in a semi-arid climate where rain is a vague memory and the soil is crunchy with gravel, you may find yourself praising the color and resilience of blue-tag plants from Flowers by the Sea. Not all of our drought tolerant plants fall into the blue-tag category. Yet ones that do are extremely capable at surviving with little water. FBTS explains plant care and offers five favorite drought-resistant species.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Jul 14, 2015 06:00 AM Synopsis: Eco-vigilantes. That's what some newspapers call smartphone users who post photos and videos tagged droughtshaming on Twitter and other social media documenting careless water use by celebrities, everyday homeowners and businesses, especially in Southern California.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Dec 23, 2012 01:43 PM Synopsis: Native plants are the best ones for local conditions. But sometimes boundaries designating what is native may be artificial. Here are five outstanding Xeric Salvias for Southern California, including one, not far over the Baja border, that offers intense drought resistance and violet-blue flowers.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Dec 21, 2012 01:18 PM Synopsis: Xeric Salvias come to Flowers by the Sea from Africa, Asia, the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Mexico, Central and South America, Arizona, California and Texas. All are selected for their beauty as well as their ability to endure harsh conditions. This fourth post about xeriscape gardening suggests attractive groupings of Xeric Salvias and companion plants. Our suggestions should give you an idea about how to color coordinate a xeriscape garden and set up a rhythm in the plantings.
Category:Xeric Choices Posted: Dec 19, 2012 11:49 AM Synopsis: To create a successful xeriscape garden, planning and design are essential. Planning helps you make better choices, which saves time, money and effort as well as water. A little bit of wisdom from ancient Native American practices doesn’t hurt either. While soil improvement is always helpful, it should be moderate for xeric Salvias, such as Autumn Sage and Mealy Cup Sage. Finally, pruning and thinning, strategic groupings of plants for frugal watering and mulching for protection against severe heat or winter chill all were key to ancient Southwestern agriculture as well as modern xeriscaping.
Hummers Love this plant! Always working ea. flower. Buy several as will keep hummers in your yard longer. Need some shade n our Denton, Texas hot heat. Blue flowers & light green leaves are beautiful! Does well in large containers.
I'm really glad that I ordered from Flowers by the Sea, the shipment came when promised and the plants were in excellent shape. Both plants were healthy looking and acclimated to my climate within a day or two. The selection of sages was numerous and there was enough information on the website to make an informed choice. All in all when I will need sages this will be the only place for me to o...
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
I ordered 3 salvia apiana (white sage) plants and they came in right on time. The three plants were large with shoots coming off f them already and a healthy root system. I had ordered 3 of the same plants from another online grower and they came in almost dead and have since died. I give Flowers By The Sea an EXCELLENT and will order from them again!!!!!Thank you,Jessica
FBTS offers and delivers fantastic products. I purchase high-end plants from plugs to full grown, specimen tree cultivars. FBTS has been a very welcome addition to my Maryland business. They have filled an important niche in my plant material supply chain, and I cannot recommend them enough. From containers to beds to borders, their plants deliver a difference to my clients gardens.
— Eric Wittman
I ordered 25 plants in two separate orders. They arrived quickly and in great condition. Don't be put off by the small size of the pots (3.5"), as the plants are large and healthy, more like 1 gallon size plants you'd get from your local nursery. In only a couple of weeks, several of the salvias are already blooming. I'm very glad that I found their website. Such a huge variety of amazing salvi...
— Mike Belcher
My neighbor alerted me to this nursery in California that had salvias ideal for southeast Arizona. The plants arrived in slightly larger than normal tubes but the plants were gallon size in terms of their growth with some pushing 2 feet. I ordered hard to find more frost hardy pine forest salvias with hopes they will take the 20s down here. Plants were well packed and arrived 2 days after be...
— Art Douglas
We love our flower. They are doing great here in Oklahoma. Thank you so much for all your help.
— Tim and Connie Robinson
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.
— Mary Jo Ballator
I have purchased plants from on line nurseries from all over the world for many years and I have to say the Salvia and Agastache I received from Flowers by the Sea are of the highest quality of any nursery I have ever dealt with. Great packing and extremely well rooted plants. I highly recommend them.
— Ted Wilson
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.