Synopsis: Gardeners interested in developing wildlife habitat on balconies or in backyards can acquire certification
Across the nation, nearly 140,000 garden sites from apartment balconies to farms have achieved Certified Wildlife Habitat certification through the National Wildlife Federation. The application for certification requires participants to provide sources of food, water, protective cover and places where wildlife can raise their young.
Food sources include plants – providing seeds, fruits, nuts, berries and nectar -- as well as devices, such as bird feeders. Birdbaths, ponds, water gardens and streams are examples of acceptable water sources. Cover may be provided by trees, thickets of shrubbery, rock piles and birdhouses. Good homes include dense shrubs, other vegetation, nesting boxes and ponds. Dense Salvias, including varieties of Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha), appeal to butterflies as well as birds.
The Salvia candelabrum & deserta, & Sideritis oroteneriffae that I received a the end of August, in great shape, are doing nicely in the ground here in San Jose, CA. Also, I have a Salvia x 'John Whittlesey' growing and blooming it heart out for bit over 3 years, and it's a great low water plant too.Thank you,Richard T.
— Richard Tiede
I am very happy with my experience with Flowers by the Sea. Ordering was easy and the plants arrived in great shape. Thank you!
— Cheryl Dodes
I'm very impressed with the quality of you're plants. The five or six I've ordered the past two years are thriving . I will continue to order from you as long as I have room in my garden. Just a great website to have discovered ! Thanks, Spencer
— spencer cornish
FBTS provides detailed plant descriptions making selection decisions easy. The site is well organized so that selection can be made using categories to choose plants that fit your garden/habitat needs. Good healthy plants with strong roots. Good shipping practices. Plants arrived in excellent condition. Many difficult to find varieties can be found here. The hummingbirds, bees and I are very ha...
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
My plants arrived in perfect condition looking healthy they were well protected and traveled well all the way from the west coast to Virginia. What has really impressed me is as a novices Gardner there was so much information on the best planting and care of my new plants and each one identified. Thank you I look forward to spending many seasons enjoying my new plants
— suzanne Olsen
I was feeling glum today, and then UPS delivered my new plants from FBTS (doing a nice job of placing the box right side up). I opened it immediately to discover that all the plants were moist, green and healthy. I fell in love with the sweet fragrances of Salvia lyciodes x greggii 'Ultra Violet' and Salvia lyciodes x greggii 'Ultra Violet' as well as the fascinating variety...
It's too soon to evaluate my new agastache plants as mature plants. What I can say is that they arrived promptly and in great condition, are all planted and blooming, even as young as they are. I love your website, and your detailed information on so many varieties of sages and Agastache. Thank you for the follow-up. I will most likely order more from you as I get more areas of the garden ...
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
My order for S. greggii alba x dorisiana, S. Amistad and S. x Electric Purple arrived yesterday afternoon in excellent condition with approx. 11", 18" and 8" of growth respectively, not including blooms on Elec. Purple. (These plants are much larger and healthier looking than what I could purchase from local growers and therefore to me are worth the shipping cost.) I put them out to harden sh...