Erase your mental image of short plants in container flower gardens. New offerings at Flowers by the Sea include Salvias and companion plants from tiny to tall that thrive in containers as well as in the ground.
Some of the plants featured here develop relatively shallow roots and perform well in smaller pots on their own or in larger planters when grown with a number of companions. As root systems expand, repotting may be necessary more than one time, especially for shrubs that have large root systems when mature.
Handy Tips About Container Growing
For a simple overview about selecting pot size, please watch our short video Repotting Salvias: The Basics. Although the temptation, on first potting, is to use a container large enough to accommodate a plant at maturity, that's a crucial mistake as Kermit Carter of FBTS explains in our video.
Please remember that measurements listed in the brief plant profiles below reflect mature size when planted in ground. Container planting tends to miniaturize height and spread of Salvias and other plants, particularly shrubs.
10 New Choices for Potting
To help you with garden planning, we've divided these new selections by the amount of sun exposure they need. Information is included about watering preferences and small wildlife that frequent these species. Eight of them are popular with hummingbirds.
Wine Red Arbol del Brujo (Iochroma cyaneum 'Wine Red') Zones 9 to 11
Orange Peel Jessamine (Cestrum 'Orange Peel') Zones 7 to 9
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Turkish Mountain Sage (Salvia hypargeia) Zones 5 to 9
Lyrical Silvertone Meadow Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Lyrical Silvertone') Zones 5 to 9
Boutin Roseleaf Sage (Salvia involucrata 'Boutin') Zones 8 to 10
Dorset Lavender Gentian Sage (Salvia patens 'Chilcombe') Zones 8 to 11
Tall Red Colombian Sage (Salvia rubescens subsp. dolichothrix) Zones 9 to 11
Hardy Pink & Yellow Gloxinia (Sinningia sellovii 'Pink & Yellow') Zones 8 to 11
Partial to Full Shade
Pink Ice Gentian Sage (Salvia patens 'Pink Ice') Zones 8 to 11
Light Plum Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens van houttei 'Light Plum') Zones 9 to 11
An Ancient Yet Innovative Practice
We don't all have large yards in which to grow the plants we love. Planting in containers is an excellent, age-old solution to small space gardening.
Historical records show that cultivation of trees and shrubs in pots dates back to at least ancient Egypt. Many centuries later, it's a practice that remains popular and innovative.
Whether you garden on a balcony or acreage, please feel free to contact us if you have questions about any of our plants or cultivating beauty in containers.