Flowers by the Sea is a veritable treasure trove of gorgeous, fragrant, resilient plants; in particular their selection of Salvias or "Sages" is spectacular in its range and diversity. The 8 new species that now grace my garden arrived from fbts 3 days after placing my orders. They were packed flawlessly, fully rooted and ready to grow with plenty of fresh foliage! I could hardly believe I had received such amazing plants and quality at these prices. I can see these people love what they are doing, and they offer loads of useful information and links, and when I called with a question, customer service was very pleasant and professional. Enjoy their website, and buy their plants...you will not be disappointed. Stephen Prins, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jan 24, 2015.
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, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jan 21, 2015.
I am 81 years old and have cultivated rhododendrons, camellias, dwarf conifers, etc. for over 50 years. During that time I have come to know many excellent growers and nurserymen. I have never encountered anything comparable to fbts!! That Kermit and Vikki Carter provide an outstanding selection of exceptionally grown plants is only the beginning. They have set a incomparable standard by the glorious website that they have created to make ordering and understanding salvias a pleasure. The information which they provide to the prospective buyer, as well as their clients through the fbts blogs and exceptional videos is virtually priceless for the initiate and welcome for the experienced grower who may be new to Salvias. Gerry Czamanske, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jan 14, 2015.
Amazing selection of Salvias! Great prices. Beautiful, healthy plants! What a treat to have such a wonderful nursery! sheila, who rated us 10 / 10 on Dec 25, 2014.
read the reviews before ordering, received my plants in excellent condition ,very happy I found this website. alberto flores, who rated us 10 / 10 on Dec 24, 2014.
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 dave sherron, who rated us 10 / 10 on Dec 16, 2014.
Incredible beauty and stunning selection!!!! All the specimens we bought of the hundreds of rare and wonderful varieties available at FBTS were healthy and thriving after their inception and rearing in the huge, state-of-the-art greenhouses, in which many hummingbirds overwinter, and gorgeous exterior salvia gardens at Flowers By The Sea! ...We are salvia enthusiasts, and have pretty much exhausted the varieties that most nurseries have to offer, so we did an internet quest looking for new varieties, especially those that bloom in winter, & discovered FBTS. If you are unfamiliar with the salvia species, of which there are over 2000 varieties, including irdinary kitchen sages, then you are in for a great treat--perennials providing riots of color in all shapes and sizes, beloved by hummingbirds, bees, and a host of other beneficial insects. Most of them deer and gopher-resistant, if you live in a rural area. Great for hedges, mixed borders, and beds!!! 10 -star customer service, too!!! Mary Bull & Robert Krebsbach, from Chalice Farm, Sebastopol, Calif., who rated us 10 / 10 on Dec 1, 2014.
Plants were large and healthy! I'll be ordering from them again. Barbara Williams, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 23, 2014.
Impressed with the prompt and friendly service. Plants received in good healthy condition. Am enjoying the growing process and looking forward to the beautiful blooms. Jo Litterini, who rated us 8 / 10 on Nov 7, 2014.
All four Salvias arrived in excellent condition. Set out immediately and noticed great root structure in all as I removed from pot. Set out in fall in Texas. First freeze scheduled for week of 11-12-14. Mulched well. Crossing fingers. NH Nancy Hancock, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 6, 2014.
FBTS is a valuable gem I discovered and could not be more pleased. My first delivery was not in good shape at all due to being out of town when delivered and they were packaged too long. However, the owner made the effort to satisfy his customer by replacing the plants and sending me a bonus plant. Now in this day and age it is rare to find a company willing to go the extra mile but they sure did and have a customer that will buy from them again!! A. Miller, from 1940, who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 23, 2014.
Although the plants from FBTS are smaller than you would get if you bought them in gallons, they go into the ground really well! I recently redid an area of the front yard with a combination of gallon plants from the local nursery and smaller plants from FBTS, and while almost all the plants from gallon pots look stressed and partially died back, the plants from FBTS all look happy and healthy. Thanks for selling quality plants! Brooke M, who rated us 9 / 10 on Oct 21, 2014.
Everything was packed beautifully and is settling in well in Portland. Very happy with several healthy plants, and they arrived quickly. Thanks! Margaret Miles, who rated us 8 / 10 on Oct 16, 2014.
I love Flowers by the Sea ! I always get quality products and service from you . The Salvias I’ve purchased are thriving and the milkweed is already starting to spread. I hope to have a full milkweed forest next summer to aid the Monarchs on their journey . I am glad I happened upon you . spencer cornish, who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 11, 2014.
so glad i found FBTS in an article in the NYT. the quality of the flowers is superb and the service is great. now where to plant all the cupheas and salvia? Shotsy Faust, from Owner, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 29, 2014.
Ordered a dozen assorted salvia, all arrived in great shape, plus the website has plenty if guidNce for where to site the plants and how to care for. Great company's, gorgeous plants, great packing job. So excited for these new additions to my garden. Judy Potwora , who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 26, 2014.
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 again next year. Thank you FBTS Cindy Evans, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 13, 2014.
My plants arrived quickly and in very good condition. With watering they were completely revived within a few days and are thriving in the garden. Linda Rubio, who rated us 9 / 10 on Sep 11, 2014.
Used to live in CA and when I moved to NJ I missed the availability of Salvias. Found your website, searched by zone as I live in zone 6 and found the best asst of Salvias. Believe me when I say that as we order seeds from all over the world. And to our amazement the quality of the plants surpassed the selection! Always top quality plants. Steve Stahl, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 10, 2014.
the salvias I ordered were the most robust and healthy looking plants I have ever seen. I especially liked the hardening off and planting guidelines and tips. unfortunately work called me away for a week and the plants weathered a week of brutal Georgia heat, humidity and drought unattended. when I finally got them planted they still looked incredible and are doing nicely. I highly recommend flowers by the sea. jim, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 9, 2014.
The plants I received yesterday arrived in great shape, thanks for the extra care you took in packing! I've purchased quite a few salvias recently but can't comment much on any of them yet as they're all too new. I'm trying a variety and excited to see if they all survive the winter here in Portland, Oregon. Thanks again. Janice Watanabe, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 5, 2014.
We were very impressed with the great condition of the Salvias when they arrived after being shipped to Alabama from California. They looked very green and strong. We followed FBTS's planting instructions and the results have been excellent! FBTS's Salvias have grown really well with beautiful flowers that have drawn butterflies and hummingbirds. Even though our area has received much less than our average amount of rainfall since we received the Salvias, they have all thrived. We're extremely pleased with the quality of FBTS's plants and customer service. As we plan what we're going to add to our garden next year, we're definitely going to include Salvias from FBTS. Emil Kunze, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 10, 2014.
I have to say I was running blind when making my initial order, but when I received immediate follow up in regards to shipping ETA, and shipping confirmation i started feeling confident. Most importantly, my plants were a larger size then expected and HEALTHY!!!! Keep in mind these babies were shipped from California to central Florida....impressive!!!! What a great find!!!! Noelle, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 1, 2014.
I ordered Wendy's Wish salvia and Elk white ice salvia. I was thrilled to find the Wendy's Wish. It is one of my favorite salvias. I had never had a truly white salvia and it is stunning. The plants were in great shape after traveling from California all the way to Georgia. They are thriving in my garden. The hummingbirds cover these plants all day. I am so excited to have a source for salvias because they thrive in my climate. Next spring, in late March or April. I will be ordering lots of the Wendy's Wish to fill my yard and I know I will find many other salvias for my garden. I am so glad I found this source for my favorite plants. Dianne Davis, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 24, 2014.
Amistad is THE perfect salvia--just a wonderful size, and it blooms like crazy, even here in Iowa! Now, if only my ruby-throated hummies would find it. Buying them later in the season, they didn't get the prime pieces of real estate, but I'm sure the little hummingbirds will love it as much as the others--especially once the babies come around for their piece of the pie! Linda , who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 22, 2014.
Wow, what great plants and even better customer service. I ordered 4 plants and two of them died although I treated them all the same..might have been something stupid I did. I called and I got two new plants in less than two days! And they gave me information on how to keep the plants alive and talked me through what might have gone wrong. No fingers were pointed, which I appreciated (althought it might have been me!). Anyway, can't wait to order from this fine company again! Cathi Scogin, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 18, 2014.
I recently decided to overhaul a large sun garden in the front of my new home. After removing all of the existing plants and weeds, I realized that I had quite a bit more space to fill than I originally anticipated. Every gardeners dream! More space! So I began looking for perennials I have wanted for a long time and found FBTS had two kniphofia that were unavailable locally. I had my reservations about ordering plants from so far away during the summer, but my worries were put to rest by the excellent customer service and prompt shipping. UPS ended up delaying my package for a few days and I was very worried about the plants being in the extreme heat for so long without water. Once the plants arrived, they looked parched but otherwise okay. Kermit didnt miss a beat and actually sent replacements for the two plants just in case they had been too stressed by the trip. Everyone is doing fine in the garden and I know that I will be returning again as soon as I have more space to fill! Matt, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 15, 2014.
I was so pleased the with plants when they arived they were healthy and are doing great. Will always purchase from flowers by the in the future Bonnie Smith, who rated us 9 / 10 on Jul 13, 2014.
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, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 10, 2014.
I ordered Amistad Salvia mid May and was so excited to receive such healthy lush plants from California. I am in growing zone 6 Maryland. Four are in full sun and blooming like crazy as of July 1 and about 3 feet high. I have another one in a pot that only gets afternoon sun. Much smaller and is now blooming July 10th. Hummers are here. Color is an incredible vibrant deep purple blue. Will try to take cuttings and get them through to next summer. Thank you so much! Beth Keyser, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 10, 2014.
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 always get them from FBTS. Barnaby Black, from Barnaby Black, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 9, 2014.
We ordered plants from Flowers by the Sea and are very happy. Except for one, they arrived in good condition. The service and attention to detail was excellent and we highly recommend. Waiting now for the rainy season to kick it into high gear. I think that will really push them forward. Susan Miller, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 6, 2014.
I received my Salvia in a very timely manner in excellent condition. It is growing very rapidly and is looking very fresh and healthy. I really appreciate the many different Salvias that are available through Flowers by the Sea. The collection is not available anywhere else, I'm sure. I'm so happy I found their web site, which by the way, is the most outstanding and informative web site I have seen for plants. D. Chairez, who rated us 10 / 10 on .
I ordered 3 of the Salvia x Greggii (Rasberry Delight) and 2 of Salvia Coahuilensis. All arrived at the time promised. As recommended,I set them under a tree to recover from a 7 days journey to the east coast. They were planted in the ground about 10 days later and all are doing very well. I`m expecting flower buds within the next couple of weeks. I would recommend express mail for future purchases. Constantine, who rated us 7 / 10 on Jul 4, 2014.
I have ordered plants from FBTS for the last 4 years, 17 plants in spring 2014. They are the most impressive plants in health and size that I have received from any mail order company. These are not little cuttings, but rather large bushy plants, typically 8-10 or more inches tall, full of buds and sometimes already blooming. They take off when planted. The varieties are as described on the website. They arrive in perfect condition and when promised, meticulously packed. I cannot recommend this nursery more highly. Leslie Leslie MacGregor Levine , who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 1, 2014.
Finally getting to tell you how pleased I am with the Salvias I ordered. They were better than I expected.Packed beautifully to make the cross country trip. I have planted them in my garden and am patiently waiting for them to bloom. One has started Salvia macrophylla Tall Form. The color is beautiful. My only fear is living in the Northeast our weather can be unpredictable and fall sometimes comes early and might not allow them to bloom as much as I'd like. I will definitely order early next year. Mrs. Judith Hobbs, who rated us 10 / 10 on .
Great service, outstanding selection. I'd order from them again. Roxanne gunser, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 27, 2014.
I received my order at the time I was told I would get them. They were good after 7 days in shipping, a little dry but they have be growing just fine. I can't wait to see them bloom. Carol, who rated us 7 / 10 on Jun 24, 2014.
I received my second order of great looking plants - they were sent on Monday and didn't arrive until Friday - only slightly limp; I said "great looking" because they were thick, bushy and very healthy looking. Doris Wilkinson, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 13, 2014.
Excellent all the way around, from the variety of plants to the service to the size of the plants that arrive. Dean Sliger, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 31, 2014.
I received my first order (of salvias) three days ago - they came to North Texas via regular mail and look great. They are large, no leaf drop, and are already over the 'not so perky' phase that comes with being shipped; several have open blooms already. I appreciate the very reasonable prices which help offset the cost of postage. Great selection - I have already made a second order. (Can't get most of these here.) Doris Wilkinson, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 18, 2014.
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, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 27, 2014.
Thank you so much for the shipment of beautiful plants! Every plant in my large order made it to Florida in good shape, and after the recommended period of recovery, they are now flourishing! I am delighted to have these great new additions to my salvia collection, almost all of which are never available in local nurseries and garden centers. I also really appreciated the personal communications and assistance with my order. I'll be back to order again and again! Jill Reed, from Jill Reed, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 25, 2014.
I always await my Flowers by the Sea order like a child awaiting Christmas! Even though I know the plants I ordered and I know every plant will be perfect, it is exciting just to open the box and experience the love and care that goes into every shipment. Then to await the show in my garden! My only regret is that I am running out of space . . . Nancy L Newfield, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 20, 2014.
I just had to tell you how nice these plants are. Your nursery is a rare find! RL, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/5/2014.
Just wanted to say that the plants offered from Flowers By The Sea are "top shelf" material.As a former professional Grower of over 30 years, I can attest to their quality.Not only quality but the size of their 3.5 inch plants that they ship simply amazes me.I have ordered from several websites over the years... and I must say, that FBTS offers the largest sized plants that I have ever received.Thank You! Al Robinson, from Target Services Plant Consultation, Inc., who rated us 10 / 10 on 12/6/2013.
We ordered 15 plants. All arrived in excellent condition. If our local nurseries offered these plants, which they don't, 14 of the 15 would have already been in 2-gallon or larger containers and priced considerably higher. These are by far the best-grown, healthiest, and largest Salvias we've ever received in a shipment, from anyone. Louis Fry, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/7/2013.
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, from home gardener & salvia collector, who rated us 10 / 10 on 10/30/2013.
From Coast to Coast in 3 days!So happily excited I was to receive my order Wed. Oct. 23, Charleston, SC.I placed my order on 10/19 & was notified of tracking # as expected but sometimes don't get. I knew UPS would have it here, SC by Thursday but it arrived early by a day. Yippy. The pkg. packing was more than expected! Way above good shipping standards. Plants arrived in beautiful condition. No torn leaves, broken branches or hanging by the roots. Will definitely be order more! as well as telling friends. Finally a Super grower & Shipper! Marie Lewis, who rated us 10 / 10 on 10/23/2013.
I received my first order of salvias from FBTS this year. The quality of their plants far exceeds that of any other mail order source that I have used......and believe me, I do a ton of plants by mail order!!!!Packing was excellent and not as annoying as some places that use multiple rubber bands to hold things together!!! FBTS will be my first place to search for salvias now!Vicky Vicky Krost, who rated us 10 / 10 on 10/12/2013.
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 of leaves among the different sages. Made me smile. Marlene, who rated us 10 / 10 on 10/10/2013.
My Salvias arrived fresh and lovely. I have been luxuriating in their fragrance this past week. "Doris," the name I've given my Salvia dorisiana is so nicely vertical. She looks particularly regal among my houseplants and smells like she is wearing a bit of fruity perfume. Thanks for the great plants and shipping. Marlene, who rated us 10 / 10 on 7/23/2013.
My third shipment of flowers arrived today with temperatures reaching 100 this afternoon. Kermit said they would be safe to ship despite the weather and they arrived in perfect condition. Many were blooming or in bud and all were very healthy and full. When I receive flowers from Flowers by the Sea, I know that I will be receiving the very best. Thank you for growing fantastic salvias. Janice Stedke, who rated us 10 / 10 on 7/19/2013.
Truly one of the most rewarding nursery orders I have placed. When the plants arrived, they looked like they had been lovingly cared for, not just watered. The two plants I ordered are doing well. The Heatwave Glimmer is my favorite. What an exceptionally beautiful plant. And a fast grower. I placed in a container and it filled out in a couple of weeks. The petals are like velvet and the stem and foliage colors are very deep, rich colors. Absolutely beautiful! Megan, who rated us 10 / 10 on 6/11/2013.
Clearly I am addicted to Flowers by the Sea! I think I've just about ordered at least one of everything! The plants are all super healthy, and arrive in great shape owing to the (patented?) packing method. The hummingbirds, bees and butterflies are in 7th heaven. I HIGHLY recommend FBTS for all the plants they offer, not just the salvias. I got some terrestrial orchids that are doing great, and they have other unusual plants as well. Order with confidence - you will be delighted. Laurel Burik, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/27/2013.
Ordered 7 plants, 4 different varieties of Salvia. From California to Wisconsin 5 days in a box and these plants looked better than what I can buy locally from a greenhouse. Absolutely gorgeous!!!Thank you Kermit and your team for great service and plants. Pete Tinsley, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/26/2013.
My sages arrived today. I was so excited when I opened the box to discover that all were moist and vibrant after three days on the road. One of the Salvia lyciodes x greggii 'Ultra Violet' plants was even blooming! Also, how thoughtful of you to wrap them in newsprint! There were no materials to throw away; the newsprint is now in my compost heap. Marlene, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/23/2013.
I received my plants in a very timely fashion and they were in unbelievably good condition. I have never ordered plants online that were better packed. I following the directions supplied and my plants are now in containers and looking great. I live in an apartment and have very limited space on my deck..........but do intend to order a few more plants. Anyone wondering whether to order plants from this firm...............don't hesitate but place your order ASAP.Gary Tucker Gary Tucker, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/13/2013.
I am always hesitant to order plants by mail, having had some disappointing experiences, but my first order from Flowers by the Sea was perfect in every way. We marveled at the incredible care shown in the way the plants were packed for shipping. All 14 plants in our order (mostly salvias) arrived in perfect condition and perfect health, many with blooms, all with clear signs of ongoing growth. They were good-sized plants for their little pots, too. Although I did follow the hardening-off instructions, and the plants are all thriving and rapidly doubling in size, I think they were ready to go as soon as they arrived.After my order I had a few questions about transplanting some established salvias that came from a local nursery. Kermit at FbtS immediately answered my questions in a detailed, knowledgeable, and very helpful manner. My mind is made up: These are some very good people, they know their salvias, they are eager to help, and you will get good karma and healthy plants if you order from them :) Ananda Patterson, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/1/2013.
I must say my order of Scarlet Spires salvia arrived as the most beautiful plants I have ever purchased to receive through the mail. Absolutely awesome quality! Paula Shacklock, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/27/2013.
I received my plants from FBTS Yesterday. I immediately opened the box and was in awe at the size and healthy condition of the plants even traveling from California to NY. The plants were perfect and even had blooms and buds ready to open when they arrived. I carefully unpacked them and placed them in a window with filtered sunlight for a couple of days prior to moving them onto my porch for hardening off before planting. Of all the Salvias I have ordered online over the years these are by far the largest and most vigorous I have ever received from any company. The staff at FBTS knows how to do it right. Penny, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/14/2013.
I have now had gardens in four locations (Boston, Oregon, Palm Springs, and Mountain Center, CA) with plants from Flowers by the Sea. I LOVE Salvias, and there is no one I'd rather buy them from.Plants are shipped well, and in a timely fashion, always surprisingly large and always well-rooted, healthy specimens. The owners are knowledgeable and helpful, in fact, extraordinarily so. FBTS is one of my favorite online nurseries - and I've probably purchased over the last few decades from a fifty different nurseries. Live long and prosper, FBTS!! Nora Williams, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/6/2013.
Our very first order from Flowers By The Sea arrived yesterday. Excellent packaging insured that all plants were in perfect condition. We have rarely ever seen anything done so well. Because the plants look in wonderful shape, expectations are that we will have beautiful blooms this summer. In fact, Salvia microphylla already has buds on it. Thank you, FBTS, for top quality plants and service. We will certainly be placing more orders. JK Janice Krause, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/6/2013.
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 my birthday. The carefully wrapped plants turned out to be my favorite presents!All of the plants sprang to life within 24 hours, and one (Salvia arizonica) is already blooming vigorously while two (Salvia leucophylla Pt. Sal, Salvia dominica) look to bloom any day now.As an incense maker, I eagerly look forward to all of them prospering, which looks to be in very short order, indeed. Brandon, from Trail's Rest, LLC, who rated us 10 / 10 on 3/19/2013.
I have never had such great service from another website for plants. First, your shipping and arrival was quick, but mostly the condition of the plants and how you took special care in making sure each separate plant was wrapped securely and made a gentle arrival to me, that says a lot. The plants look wonderful and I'm so anxious to watch them grow. Thank you. Kris, who rated us 10 / 10 on 3/16/2013.
I just received my 1st order of plants and I am thrilled by the condition and by the quick delivery time. Spectacular service.May I suggest that you include your excellent print out on after- care of plants upon receipt with orders. Carol Terry, who rated us 10 / 10 on 3/13/2013.
Just received my 3 Plectranthus Mona Lavender and I was amazed at the more than excellent packing. What surprised me the most was that it was in transit for 7 days from California to Florida. I expected them to be somewhat droopy, but immediately out of the box they are healthy, beautiful, not dried out at all and have great color. This is the best care I have seen from a plant mail order company. Thank you. Marsha Carbaugh, who rated us 10 / 10 on 1/15/2013.
I just love the Divine Sages from FBTS - great quality and prince. The Luna variety is my favorite and I have just ordered my second one! Thank you for carrying this amazing entheogen from the Salvia family. Joe, who rated us 10 / 10 on 1/5/2013.
I ordered an assortment of Mexican Native Salivias. I can report this: I received top quality, large plants that were very well rooted, & pinched back. The plants were well well packaged & delivered exactly as scheduled. No soil jostled, no damaged leaves/stems. I'm impressed.Worth comment, too, is the impressive breadth of Salvia species, availability of plants offered, and site information / organization. markus , from sozo landscape / vivero sozo, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/4/2012.
I just placed my second order of salvias as I was just so impreseed with the customer service, the fast delivery and the quality of the products and the packaging with the first order. I am a novice gardener and found the salvias a pleasant experience. All seven from the first order are doing very well in (transplanted) clay pots and I expect the second order to do the same. Thank you for your excellent customer service and product. SSK Suzanne S Kusaba, who rated us 10 / 10 on 9/28/2012.
I am a delighted returning customer. FBTS provides beautiful, healthy plants with friendly and fast service. Jeremy, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/1/2012.
i had never ordered plants online before, so i was very skeptical about the condition the plant would be in. When i received it, i was amazed...absolutely amazed! As promised, the plant was robustly healthy, carefully packaged (easily survived a very clumsy fedex guy dropping it right in front of me), and arrived within 2 days. Overall, excellent service and quality, this plant is simply gorgeous. I am definately referring to this company for any of my online plant purchases. melinda loera, who rated us 10 / 10 on 9/13/2012.
I received my plant yesterday and it had been damaged during shipping afterwards I emailed the company and got a reply that they had processed a refund for my purchase no problems the whole thing was very easy once I receive the refused I will definitely be making another purchase. Thank you for your excellent customer service. Eric Phipps, who rated us 10 / 10 on 7/7/2012.
I ordered 2 Salvia plants on 06/10/12 and recieved them on 06/14/12; not only were the plants healthy, but Flowers By The Sea was generous enough to include a slightly different Salvia to me as a gift! Even better is the fact that I was interested in both to begin with. I placed my order here because of the lower cost of the item of interest to me... I'm glad I gave this company my business, and would recommend them to people interested in there beauties. Jeremy, who rated us 10 / 10 on 6/14/2012.
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 Jessica, who rated us 10 / 10 on 6/11/2012.
When I received my order the plant had snapped in half during shipping, I contacted them and told them about it and they promptly sent me a replacement that arrived in awesome condition! The plants were both very healthy and green despite the first one being broken. The quality of the plants was far above any other nursery I have ordered from. Danny, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/2/2012.
Plants were healthy, packaged very well and shipped on time. Fantastic selection of Salvias that promises to keep growing. Will continue to order from your site. Suchie, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/23/2012.
This is my second year ordering from this fine nursery. The plants are large and healthy, and the choices are spectacular! They were very well packed and shipping was very quick. PS, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/14/2012.
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 Scott, who rated us 10 / 10 on 4/7/2012.
I received my salvia order today. The plants look great and I can't wait to see them bloom. Loved your selection of rare salvias. Thank you. Helena Hartje, who rated us 10 / 10 on 3/17/2012.
Incredible customer service attended to by Kermit himself!Carole - Taylors/Greenville, SC Carole Harrison, who rated us 10 / 10 on 1/2/1900.
- Woohooo! Happy 1st day of snrpig! I love the variety of your work! Your portraits are captivating and your floral/natural pictures are so beautifully composed. I will check you out often and I wish you a lovely snrpig. Carol, who rated us 10 / 10 on 2/26/2012.
My plants arrived quickly and they were in excellent health. So far, they are doing well in my yard despite the unusually dry weather we've had on the Monterey Peninsula this winter. I will definitely order from fbts again! S. Morrow, who rated us 10 / 10 on 2/10/2012.
Beautiful plants well packed for winter delivery arrived in great shape, thank you! Chris Malik, who rated us 10 / 10 on 1/27/2012.
My order came a couple of days ago and I had to write and thank you. The packing was some of the best I've seen and all the plants were large beautiful specimens, every single one arriving in excellent shape. I buy a lot of plants mail order and your nursery is at the top of my list! Thank you for the excellent job you do and your customer service is the best! Karen Taylor, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/27/2011.
I recently received my very first order from Flowers by the Sea Nursery in Northern California. It won't be my last. I had researched a lot online about Salivas and although many of the more exciting varieties seemed suitable for my climate -- I knew no nursery that grew them -- meaning I would have to try growing them from seed (not exactly my first choice). Then I found Flowers by the Sea. What a treasure trove of Salvias! The sheer number of Saliva varieties and cultivars offered is almost mind boggling. Furthermore what impressed me about the FBTS website was the great care and detail they took in presenting their plant offerings and the helpfulness of the information provided. I placed my order the very next day and received it within a week's time. The shipment of plants was the most expertly packed box I have ever received. Each plant was swaddled in multiple wrappings of heavy packing paper. The plants themselves were in large pots and had substantial top growth. Needless to say I am totally wowed by this very fine nursery. I look forward to dealing with them again in the near future. Dan Tyson, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/16/2011.
I was very impressed with the careful packing when I opened the box with my blue anise sage! 4 out of the 6 plants already had beautiful flowers! One stem had completely broken off at the base. I emailed fbts and got a prompt reply that it would be replaced. I will order from them in the future! Shelly Hales, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/16/2011.
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 received and I have a huge yard and order a lot of plants online.. I can't wait until next year when they have all settled in and are blooming. I haven't allowed them to bloom yet though they have tried.If you are looking for beautiful gorgeous salvias you are at the right place. I give FBTS my very highest recommendation.Rose Rose Hodges, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/11/2011.
WOW!!! I just received another shipment of plants froom FBTS. These plants are Beautiful. Perfect condition big healthy salvias!I can't say enough positive things about Kermit and Vikki. By far the best place to buy salvias from. I wouldn't think of buying elsewhere without seeing if they have the plant I am looking for first.I honestly cannot recommend them more highly. Don't hesitate to place an order here, you will not find better people to deal with anywhere.Rose Rose Hodges, who rated us 10 / 10 on 11/11/2011.
Got my order this afternoon. Everything was great, much better than I expected. Thanks for the extra keikis. Many of your keikis were bigger and more advanced than some 2 1/2-3 inch potted orchids I've received from other mail-order nurseries at 3 times the price. Jay Press, who rated us 10 / 10 on 10/7/2011.
I love you guys--the S. macrophylla started blooming flowers a few days after it arrived and so are the canariensis and radula that I ordered earlier in the month. They are absolutely gorgeous and I have no doubt they will thrive once planted in the ground. Thank you thank you!I also wrote a yelp review to help get your site out there :-)http://www.yelp.com/biz/flowers-by-the-sea-elk#hrid:-oMrUP1omvRsQOLA-abNlA BL, who rated us 10 / 10 on 8/29/2011.
The plants are so beautiful: large, healthy and just ready to grow and bloom. These are among the best salvias I have ever received. The selection of plants is fantastic too. My first order, but it certainly won't be the last! PS, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/30/2011.
I am a Salvia fanatic and have fell in love with this company and their amazing selection of unusual salvia. Keep them coming!!!!Colleen colleen james, who rated us 10 / 10 on 6/19/2011.
JUST LETTING YOU KNOW THAT I RECEIVED THE SALVIAS I ORDER THE NEXT DAY AFTER YOU SHIPPED THEM. THE NINE PLANTS THAT I ORDER WERE IN GOOD SHAPE PLUS THE FREE ONE THAT YOU GAVE ME.SINCE THEY WERE MOIST I LET THEM REST OVER NIGHT AND PLANTED THEM IN GALLON CANS.THE NEXT DAY AND THEY LOOK GOOD.I WILL BE ORDERING FROM YOU AGAIN. VIRGINIA virginia furtado, who rated us 10 / 10 on 8/13/2011.
I recently bought 5 salvias in two varieties. I was impressed on how quickly they came and how carefully packaged they were. I cant wait to watch them mature, and will defiantly be buying more from you in the future! Thanks! Elizabeth Thompson, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/24/2011.
I received 2 shipments in 2010, total of 8 plants, all salvias. I received large plants per capita and they were growing in an interesting well-drained mix. It contained what looked like tiny bits of clay pots in place of perlite. I highly recommend this nursery based on 2010 experience and future 2011 same. Dave, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/26/2011.
Thank you for the very well-packaged shipment I received today. I appreciate your time-consuming efforts at weight reduction for shipping: these plants are bohemoths that should-if I do my part- overwinter and leap out of the ground next Spring! In the midst of all of the challenges you have faced, I remain grateful for your professionalism and consideration. RV, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/9/2011.
Thank you for the plants that arrived today. They look great. LR, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/9/2011.
Hi! I ordered outdoor orchids from you last year. Just wanted to say how great they are doing. Mounted the orchids on the trunk of my tree ferns and about half of the kikis are blooming. Evey-thing you sent is still alive. I have never been able to keep orchids alive indoors but they really like hanging outside on trees. MH, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/9/2011.
I received my four plants today (that was really fast shipping.) I have been really excited about receiving these. Knowing there are a lot of fraud websites out there, it's hard not to be the least bit skeptical when ordering online. Someone I met online had purchased some plants from here too so I trusted my gut and went ahead. For a second I thought they might not come at all, or they wouldn't be healthy. When I opened all the plants I was amazed! They were definitely not amateur. All were bushy and pinched, like promised. Of course they@#039;re a little bent from being sent, which will go away soon, not a problem! You really went above and beyond. Thank you for these wonderful plants, I couldn't be happier. Cheap and worth every penny. I plant to keep them forever (pun intended.) Have a nice day. JJ, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/8/2011.
Never have gotten a delivery so quickly of mail-order plants and what's more, the plants were superior in quality to anything I've seen before. We have great nurseries in Berkeley and nearby but I must say, these were spectacular! TG, who rated us 10 / 10 on 5/8/2011.
Really charming plant. It even does okay in full sun, if you keep it in a wet spot. It survived a particularly intense California summer like that, and even bloomed again as Summer cooled down. The foliage is so pleasantly lush in color and tex...
I received my salvia order today. The plants look great and I can't wait to see them bloom. Loved your selection of rare salvias. Thank you.
— Helena Hartje
I received my Salvia in a very timely manner in excellent condition. It is growing very rapidly and is looking very fresh and healthy. I really appreciate the many different Salvias that are available through Flowers by the Sea. The collection is not available anywhere else, I'm sure. I'm so happy I found their web site, which by the way, is the most outstanding and informative web site I h...
— D. Chairez
Ordered 7 plants, 4 different varieties of Salvia. From California to Wisconsin 5 days in a box and these plants looked better than what I can buy locally from a greenhouse. Absolutely gorgeous!!!Thank you Kermit and your team for great service and plants.
— Pete Tinsley
WOW!!! I just received another shipment of plants froom FBTS. These plants are Beautiful. Perfect condition big healthy salvias!I can't say enough positive things about Kermit and Vikki. By far the best place to buy salvias from. I wouldn't think of buying elsewhere without seeing if they have the plant I am looking for first.I honestly cannot recommend them more highly. Don't...
— Rose Hodges
I received my second order of great looking plants - they were sent on Monday and didn't arrive until Friday - only slightly limp; I said "great looking" because they were thick, bushy and very healthy looking.
— Doris Wilkinson
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
My plants arrived quickly and they were in excellent health. So far, they are doing well in my yard despite the unusually dry weather we've had on the Monterey Peninsula this winter. I will definitely order from fbts again!
— S. Morrow
Amistad is THE perfect salvia--just a wonderful size, and it blooms like crazy, even here in Iowa! Now, if only my ruby-throated hummies would find it. Buying them later in the season, they didn't get the prime pieces of real estate, but I'm sure the little hummingbirds will love it as much as the others--especially once the babies come around for their piece of the pie!
I am always hesitant to order plants by mail, having had some disappointing experiences, but my first order from Flowers by the Sea was perfect in every way. We marveled at the incredible care shown in the way the plants were packed for shipping. All 14 plants in our order (mostly salvias) arrived in perfect condition and perfect health, many with blooms, all with clear signs of ongoing growth....
— Ananda Patterson
I am 81 years old and have cultivated rhododendrons, camellias, dwarf conifers, etc. for over 50 years. During that time I have come to know many excellent growers and nurserymen. I have never encountered anything comparable to fbts!! That Kermit and Vikki Carter provide an outstanding selection of exceptionally grown plants is only the beginning. They have set a incomparable standard by the gl...