Salvias are rewarding due to their rainbow of floral colors, long bloom times, fragrant foliage and -- in most cases -- ease of care. Yet there are approximately 900 species in this huge mint family (Lamiaceae) genus, and Flowers by the Sea sells hundreds of types. How are you supposed to make choices if you are new to gardening or to the genus? Answer: We're here to lower your learning curve. One way we do this is by providing helpful blog articles, including our Getting Started with Salvias series.
Some of the Salvias in our online catalog are original species that are native to homelands throughout the world; others are hybrids that have occurred naturally or were created on purpose by professional growers. Most are easily adaptable to American gardens. Although many prefer little watering and almost no fertilizer, there are species that revel in rich soil and plenty of moisture.
Getting Started articles cover the basics of Salvia gardening and lead to more in-depth content in our Everything Salvias blog. They cover topics ranging from what Salvias are to which ones to select for your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone or region of the country. We even explain how to find what you need online at FBTS, whether Salvias or companion plants.
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Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 23, 2017 07:53 AM Synopsis: High altitude, distance from large bodies of water and powerful chinook winds make the Rocky Mountain West a dry gardening environment even in years of higher than average rain and snow. The region's steep mountains have a major impact on where and how precipitation falls. Instead of a single mountain chain, the Rocky Mountains are made up of 100 separate ranges. Similarly, the Salvia genus contains a broad range of sages, many of which thrive in the climactic extremes of the Mountain West.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 23, 2016 08:28 AM Synopsis: Salvias are a broad range of true sages in the mint family that grow worldwide. They include shrubs, perennials, annuals and subshrubs, which share both shrub and perennial characteristics. Flowers by the Sea, an online, mail-order Salvia nursery sells hundreds of Salvias.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 13, 2016 02:43 PM Synopsis: Severe winter chill and summer heat coupled with extreme humidity are challenges that gardeners face in the Midwest. Many Salvias are excellent choices as long-blooming annuals in the region while others -- ones that can withstand cold winters -- are reliable perennials. Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery explains the confusing Midwest boundaries from Ohio west to Kansas and North Dakota south to Missouri. It talks about the range of USDA Plant Hardiness Zones in the region and the kinds of sages that grow best there.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Sep 1, 2015 07:29 PM Synopsis: California's small, Mohave Desert city of Barstow averages about 5 inches of rain annually. Across the continent, Pensacola, Florida, has more than double Barstow's population and more than 12 times its amount of rainfall. Yet both cities are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone 9 where you can plant perennials and shrubs that survive winter lows ranging from 20 to 30 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea takes readers on a triple coast road trip of Zone 9 and suggests plantings for varied growing conditions along the way.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Jul 7, 2015 01:22 PM Synopsis: Drought is a shortage of precipitation over a season or more as in California where four years of drastic declines in rainfall and snowpack have created severe watering cutbacks. Drought is also defined by what and whom it affects from agriculture to homeowners. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery explains drought and xeriscape, a water-conserving form of landscaping that is effective for gardening during drought and in dry climates. This article is part of the FBTS Getting Started series for gardeners becoming acquainted with Salvias (true sages). It includes a brief list of drought-resistant sages.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Jun 3, 2015 07:31 PM Synopsis: Ask anyone to describe the American Southwest, and they're likely to sum it up in three letters : "D-R-Y." Yet precipitation can vary a lot here state by state and even within different parts of the individual states. One thing that is consistent about the story of water throughout the Southwest, is that rain and snow can rapidly swing from famine to feast to misfortune.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: May 14, 2015 07:03 PM Synopsis: Rainfall often is heavy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8. It swings in a deep, broad arc from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast and back up the East Coast to the northeast edge of Virginia. What all its diverse areas have in common climatically is an average low winter temperature of 10 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery discusses growing conditions and how to select Salvias for your part of Zone 8 whether wet or dry.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: May 2, 2015 12:44 PM Synopsis: True sages are members of the Salvia genus and number in the hundreds. They are native to a wide variety of environments worldwide, which is why some are ideal for the dry gardens of California and others can handle the abundant moisture of the American Southeast. Flowers by the Sea raises many sages that grow well in the Southeast, including some that are either native to the region or have jumped fences from gardens into the wild.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Apr 30, 2015 11:21 AM Synopsis: Some people think you only find sage and coyotes out West. But Canis latrans, the Eastern Coyote, slipped into New England in the 1930s, and who knows when all the sages arrived? The New England Wild Flower Society notes that Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata) is the region's only native sage. It's one among many Salvia species grown in the Botanic Garden of Smith College in Massachusetts, which has one of the largest collections of sage in the region. Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery raises hundreds of sages, including many northeastern favorites.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Mar 20, 2015 08:04 AM Synopsis: Outside of its cities, the Mid-Atlantic can be described as an overwhelmingly green place. If you love the Mid-Atlantic, you revel in its verdant landscape. However, if you aren't reveling in the predictable planting choices you see in neighbor's yards, it may be time to expand your horizons by exploring the Salvia genus. Flowers by the Sea discusses the boundaries, USDA Plant Hardiness Zones and Salvia choices for the region.
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 live in NY and wanted to try my hand at growing California salvias. Flowers by the Sea had so many of the plants I wanted and more. I am currently growing 10 different varieties and they are doing great. Whenever I had any questions about growing tips and such FBTS always tried their best to guide me in the right direction. As long as I can keep growing these plants in this zone I will al...
— Barnaby Black
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
Loved the fullness of the plants, they looked healthy, but about half were VERY root bound. We had to transplant them very shortly after they arrived. Some are now planted out and we will watch to see their development. We liked the plants, but if/when we purchase additional plants we would prefer them not to be so root bound.
— Henry Varney
I ordered 4 salvia this year. All arrived GREEN and VIBRANT--no wilt and no breakage. By far the best plant packing I have seen...but most importantly, all the plants went into the ground and took perfectly.I love the selection! Please keep scouring the world for new salvias. Also love the blog!Scott
Flowers by the Sea is one of my favorite nurseries; buying plants from them reminds me of kennels that raise puppies in the house as family dogs until they are old enough to sell: these are well loved plants: well grown, well documented, well shipped. Pop them in the ground and stand back. I don't think I've ever had a problem with a plant I've gotten here, even after they've been in my clumsy...
— Katie Percy
Your website, plant quality, careful packing, rapid shipping (1900 miles in 2 days, thanks UPS!), & superb personal customer service will keep me coming back! My wish list is filling up already. THANKS Kermit!
— John Hicks
Good advice, great plants. Y'all are the best.
— Tony Borowiecki
My plants were mailed on a Monday and arrived on Friday. They were all in very good shape. I let them rest for a couple of days before planting in order to acclimate to the outside conditions. They have all done very well and are starting to grow.
— John Nolan
From one salvia lover to another.... I always am so amazed at the quality and condition of plants I order from you. In spite of the distance (CA-SC) the plants always are in wonderful condition. All 12 of the recent order were well rooted and ready for planting. Thank you for your quality products!