I live in the Phoenix area and someone recommended Salvia Amistad, a relatively new and rare plant, to me. Searching for it I was able to find it online at Flowers by the Sea. I was a bit reluctant to order plants by mail, but figured I'd give it a whirl. The plants arrived wrapped in a flat box, each wrapped in packing paper and slightly damp. The Amistads (I also got some Wendy's wish) still had purple blooms on them when they arrived, and have continued throwing them since they got here. They were healthy and went into the ground and started thriving right away. A great experience all around, and I thought it was a good value for what I got (AMAZING plants). Thanks! Andrzej, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 29, 2015.
This nursery should be the model for every other nursery. The plants they send are large, healthy, and ready to be planted after only a couple of days of recovery from shipping. There are so many ways in which their web site lets you find suitable plants for your garden. FBTS has species and varieties that cannot be found elsewhere. Every plant I've received from them has flourished. It would be difficult to pick a favorite, but today, I'd have to choose Salvia x 'Raspberry Truffle' -- it is in full bloom at the end of November, its color makes me swoon, and the hummers go wild for it. Mary Jo Ballator, from Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 27, 2015.
The Salvia reglas and S. scordifolias that you sent are wonderful! They're in the ground and looking happy. You guys are a bit pricey (shipping?), but the plants are robust, and their rarity in the trade makes it worth it, as does your sage advice on planting in my particular climate. Too many of your competitors send runts in tiny pots at lousy planting times for Houston (zone 9a). Please recommend other flashy plants that can deal with our nasty summers. Dave Sherron dave sherron, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 25, 2015.
We wish we shipping was less expensive! Although we have great special rates, large plants cost more than the runts\'to ship.
Kermit Carter at Flowers By The Sea is totally in a class by himself ! I have been a avid "grower" for 55 of my 81 years, always pursuing knowledge from nurserymen and growers. The CA drought took me to fbts, because azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons are no longer in vogue! The several hundred dollars worth of plants that Kermit has sent to me have been in exceptional condition, many ready to bloom right out of the shipping container Moreover, Kermit does not only offer numerous instructional, as well as the regular Salvia Guru newsletters, but is readily responsive to email inquiries concerning growing practice. Gerald Czamanske, from Retired, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 13, 2015.
The flowers are all great -- Everything was well-packaged and arrived without problems. Would definitely recommend Flowers by the Sea. Margaret Matteson, from n/a, who rated us 8 / 10 on Nov 12, 2015.
Very happy with purchase. NELLY, who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 10, 2015.
FBTS was great. They let me know when my item was available. Their packaging was very plant sensitive, and the plant was healthy. I am looking forwards to spring to see it bloom Carolyn Piatt , who rated us 10 / 10 on Nov 6, 2015.
I'm just getting in to growing salvias. I ordered 3 each of salvia glechomifolia (ground ivy sage) and salvia microphylla ("Hot Lips") from FBTS. All plants arrived happy and thriving, and have already settled in with new growth and flowers in my Portland garden. Thank you Vikki and Kermit! Carolyn Wells, who rated us 8 / 10 on Oct 29, 2015.
I was very happy when my plants arrived to see that they were large and very well packed. I live in MIchigan so they had to come quite a distance. They arrived in perfect shape. They are doing well now that they are planted. I know that Michigan is fairly far north for these salvias but I hope they will make it. Susan, who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 26, 2015.
In one word? WOW! May the Lord continue to bless you and yours to prosper. Jimmy Lee Brooks Jr, from Gideon\'s Garden Ministry, who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 26, 2015.
I purchased 24 mandarin agastache and they arrived beautifully packed! They were healthy beautiful plants and are dong great inmy garden. Thank you! and would highly recommend Flowers by the Sea!. Looking forward to more purchases next year. firstname.lastname@example.org, who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 20, 2015.
I am a recent convert to being a salvia lover and I must say I LOVE browsing through the FBTS website which is wonderfully organized. You make it so easy to order, too. My first order arrived on time just a few weeks ago and I was really impressed with the packaging and the quality and size of the plants that were sent to me. Now it's up to me to keep them growing and thriving. I just placed another order for three more plants that I'm anxiously awaiting. I can't order more until I make a definite plan where everything can fit. The drought we are experiencing in California is the catalyst for making these changes. Saving water as well as helping birds, butterflies and bees survive are my primary goals. Thank you, Flowers by the Sea, for your help. Joanne Paine, who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 9, 2015.
I bought three Dara's Choice salvia for a xeric garden, simply on the basis that I had no other idea what to put in it, and all three plants are doing spectacularly. - from small pots to 3' or more wide in less than six months. I only water them once a month, and the weather's been hot and dry. The leaves are dark green and provide a wonderful foil for the Centaurea (that I also purchased here), smell wonderfully (almost like culinary sage) and the flowers are a beautiful medium blue. What a great pick! Joan , who rated us 10 / 10 on Oct 2, 2015.
I purchased three salvias plants arrived in three days in St Louis Mo planted same and they are growing great, new growth plants in great shape, healthy good size. Thank you fbys. Francis Francis Holster, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 30, 2015.
I have been ordering Salvias from Flowers By The Sea for several years now. They are a real treasure! I have not found another nusery with such an amazing selection of species Salvias. All plants always arrive in excellent condition - perfectly packed and packaged and of the perfect size for transfer into the garden. This company has everything covered - a perfectly designed website, with excellent information on all species offered and so much information about all things Salvia. Bravo! sheila , who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 19, 2015.
Very pleased with all the salvias that I have purchased. They are planted in a garden setting and are thriving. The salvias are hardy and are thriving. The service and the quality of plants was exceptional. Will keep returning Anton T Harris, who rated us 9 / 10 on Sep 19, 2015.
This was my first experience with ordering plants from Flowers by the Sea. Exceptional service and attention to packing /shipping detail and follow-up, from Flowers by the Sea. Timely receipt of plants that were in very good condition. I planted them here in North Carolina a couple days after receipt ( about a month ago) and they are already blossoming! I will definitely consider ordering from Flowers by the Sea again. Gardner in North Carolina, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 10, 2015.
Plants looked very good at very reasonable prices. Brenda, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 8, 2015.
The plants purchased from FBTS are first rate! They were healthy, and rearing to grow when I received them. Would definitely order again. Stacy West, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 6, 2015.
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 salvias from around the world to feed the hummingbirds and butterflies that I love to attract to my garden. I highly recommend Flowers by the Sea. Mike Belcher Mike Belcher, who rated us 9 / 10 on Sep 6, 2015.
I have been ordering plants from Flowers by The Sea for three years. I have received over 200 plants in that period, and they have always been healthy, clean, great looking plants. I usually get my plants on Tuesday and each Tuesday it feels like Christmas. Opening the carefully packed box and unwrapping each plant, I feel like a kid, getting just what I wanted and expected. After you put the plants in the ground or pot, and they grow, you are further rewarded with foliage and flowers that are as they were described. Although I haven't had any problems, Kermit has always been ready and willing to answer any questions. You will only be happy with any plants you might order from Kermit and Vikki. Dave Holland David Holland, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 6, 2015.
I received my most recent shipment last week. I'm always amazed to see how fresh and fluffy the plants arrive. I always have excellent results with your plants. The quality is delightful. Thankyou for such good service. ZoeAnna Hall, who rated us 10 / 10 on Sep 3, 2015.
I have ordered twice this season from Flowers By The Sea, and have received excellent plants and service.The salvias and cupheas I ordered were healthy and good sized. I do not mind paying shipping from California if the plants are worth it.What a selection of salvias! The "Big Swing" I bought in June is already three feet tall and is sending out spikes. A fine nursery with high standards. elizabeth sprague, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 19, 2015.
I ordered Agastache 'Ava' to plant in a memorial garden for a little girl bearing the same name. I could not be more pleased. The plants arrived healthy. One month after planting them, we were away for a week. It didn't rain that entire week and I thought the plants would have died. However, this variety is so hardy that not only did they survive, they bloomed with the most beautiful pink flower. I would highly recommend this variety! Rebecca Kyriazis, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 17, 2015.
Received my Salvia's Clevelandii Winnifred Gillman's today, they were very well packed and much bigger specimen's than I have received from other nurseries. Customer Service was very nice and I like the idea of having Ask Mr. Sage in case of any problems. Thanks so much for getting the Salvia Clevelandii out there, once you have inhaled the smell it haunts you forever. The most beautiful smell. Flowers by the Sea is definitely 5 star. Sincere Thanks Donna, Rockport, Tx 78382 Donna McKelvy, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 14, 2015.
I received my most recent shipment last week. I'm always amazed to see how fresh and fluffy the plants arrive. I always have excellent results with your plants. The quality is delightful. Thankyou for such good service. ZoeAnna Hall, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 13, 2015.
I love Fowers By The Sea ! Their plants always arrive arrive carefully packed and ready to grow. The quality of the plants are excellent. All have been vigorous , healthy and beautiful ! I've not had a single problem with any of my orders. Flowers By The Sea is top notch and if grades were given (retired teacher) I'd give them A+. spencer cornish, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 10, 2015.
Beautifully grown plants of unusual hard to get varieties. I've potted them on to keep them growing through the heat of the Austin summer; looking forward to placing them in the garden this fall. Scott Ogden, from plant driven design, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 9, 2015.
Plants were very well packed, and arrived healthy. I planted them last month and they are blooming and looking beautiful! Kate, who rated us 8 / 10 on Aug 8, 2015.
What beautiful, tenderly cared for plants, and so carefully packed. I've never seen anything quite like it. Your love for your plants is contagious. Now I love them too. Thank you. Ann, who rated us 10 / 10 on Aug 6, 2015.
Ordering from Flowers by the Sea has been easy and efficient. All the plants I have received have thrived with minimal effort. They are a valuable source for new and interesting salvias as well as hard to find regulars. I would definitely recommend and use them again. Linda Rubio, who rated us 9 / 10 on Jul 24, 2015.
Yesterday afternoon another delivery of FBTS plants arrived. They looked beautiful right out of the box. This is the fourth time I've ordered from you this year, and each and every plant was in great shape, ready to grow and bloom (except for the two that the gophers ate -- now I plant in gopher-proof planting baskets). This time, two of the plants were actually in bloom, and the shipping was done so well that they were unfazed by it. FBTS is an incredible nursery, not only for the amazing variety they offer, but for the excellent quality and condition of the plants. I only wish I had known about you sooner! Mary Jo Ballator, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 23, 2015.
Everything arrived in perfect condition. We followed the instructions of allowing the plant to accumulate to the local climate in Texas. We planted them two days after we got them. The plants are doing very well with drip irrigation to the base of all 4. Now we wait for the flowers. jim peoples, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 23, 2015.
Having lived in CA and having a huge collection of Salvias I was always disappointed with salvias found at local nurseries when I moved to zone 6 New Jersey. But then I found your nursery and all is right sgain. Excellent assortment of plants that always arrive in top notch condition and excellent size. Since salvias are such a large family I always look forward to new items listed on website. The salvias I have purchased over the years are thriving Steve, who rated us 9 / 10 on Jul 14, 2015.
The four plants I ordered from you were a very nice size and two of them are already blooming away in my hummingbird garden, much to the delight of the juvenile anna's who owns that particular turf. My entire experience with the order was excellent: the plants I wanted were available, they were sent forthwith, and arrived in excellent condition. Thank you for that! hm lien, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 12, 2015.
The sage plants arrived in lovely and healthy condition and are doing great after being planted in the ground. No flowers yet, but rapid growth. I highly recommend your company and will buy more from you. Thank you. Gisela Kone, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 9, 2015.
The 3 Salvia sagittata arrived healthy and have taken off. The 1 Salvia patens Guanajuato had very few roots. It was loose in the pot and perhaps suffered root damage in the long transit. It's not dead, but is the plant TLC and has lost one stem. The packing was good. I think occasional losses are just part of ordering plants by mail. Would order from them again. JoAnne, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 5, 2015.
Very nice healthy plants arrived at my door. Great packaging to keep them safe. I received emails for taking care of my plants, when they would be shipped and when to expect them. I have beautiful growing salvia that are blooming black and blue already. Extremely happy with this company. Really appreciate all the information. Thanks Flowers by the Sea...great job. Cathy Stoops, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jul 1, 2015.
Thanks for the fast service, and the very healthy plants. I've had them about a month now and they are doing very well. I sat outside for awhile yesterday and a hummingbird flew into my little flower garden, straight to the 7-up plant I got from you. She went from flower to flower all over that plant then few off again. I was just thrilled. Love hummers! Sue, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 27, 2015.
This is the third year I have ordered plants from FBTS. All plants have arrived healthy with most blooming plants in bud or bloom. Plants are packed with great care and after a couple days to recover from shipment are ready to be planted. I've gardened for over 50 years and FBTS is without any doubt the very best place to purchase my flowers for the hummers and butterflies. Jan Stedke, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 23, 2015.
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, from Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 18, 2015.
I ordered about 15 plants from FBTS. I have a plant addiction and have ordered from many online nurseries! I can honestly say I have never received plants that looked as healthy, well established and cared for as the plants I received from FBTS. I am really impressed beyond belief. My plants are flourishing and beautiful! I will definitely order again...one can never have too many salvia and other pollinator pleasing treasures! Colleen B, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 13, 2015.
I've been gardening for hummingbirds for the past 30+ years. Since my needs are so specific (and I live in an area where most of the best hummer attractants do not), I've used mail order suppliers almost exclusively. My choices have worked over the years - especially in 2005 when we were visited (in Michigan) by a White-eared Hummingbird. Prior to that, the furthest east one had ever been seen was Biloxi, MS - the furthest north was CO. Flowers by the Sea has, without doubt, the best selection of hummer-attracting plants I've ever run across. To top that off, they send the healthiest specimens. It's such a pleasure doing business with a family organization. Vikki and Kermit have been so easy to talk with. They truly want to send the best possible plants to enable their customers to have success. I will continue to make my purchases from Flowers by the Sea from here on. I know I'll be happy with the plants AND with the excellent customer service. Melissa Pappas, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 8, 2015.
This was the first time I had order from Flowers by the Sea. I love salvias and found them online. They have an amazing selection of plants, and their website is loaded with useful information. My order arrived promptly and I was delighted with the condition of my plants--large, healthy specimens, wrapped carefully. They arrived all the way to Chicago in awesome condition, and are now thriving. I am a Master Gardener who has ordered from over a dozen different mail order sources over the past two decades. FBTS's plants and shipping methods are easily among the very best I have ever seen. Maryanne , who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 5, 2015.
Just one day's shipping and my plants were delivered, packed so nicely with loving care. They are just lovely, already with tiny buds just ready to bloom and I am ready to add them to my salvia garden for everyone to see and we all can talk about salvias and our love for them and all other plants and flowers. Thank you for having such a fantastic selection for us to see and read about, the information available is so helpful for me. The Mendocino Coast is just the right spot for you and your gifts of nature, it is a beautiful place to visit and live, also. Best wishes... Bette Marie Vogan, who rated us 10 / 10 on Jun 5, 2015.
It was a pleasure shopping here at Flowers by the Sea. I received my Salvia plants timely and the quality has been the best i have received from any online delivery. I will continue to shop here comftrably Art, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 28, 2015.
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 order from! Lorita, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 26, 2015.
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, from Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 26, 2015.
I live in Northern Illinois. The plants were delivered in a couple of days. They were well packed and in great shape when they arrived. I immediately transplanted them and gave them about 2 weeks for the weather to warm and for the plants to grow. I put them in the ground by the middle of May and one of them was already blooming. All three plants are doing great alongside my Scarlet Sage Salvias that I started from seed in March and my Black & Blue Salvias. So now I have a mix of red, pink and blue Salvias for my Hummingbird friends to enjoy this Summer. I am extremely happy with the quality and the service and will be doing business in the future! Peter Grant, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 24, 2015.
Thank you so very much for the wonderful service. I received my order quickly ,at the appropriate time and in pristine condition. Unfortunately I Cannot comment on the individual plants growing hardiness as they are still in hardening off process. Here in N.Y. We are still not frost free and we are actually expecting a frost tonight- may 22nd believe it or not.the plants are beautiful & very healthy. You are now my go to mail order nursery. Thank you for the reasonable shipping charges or otherwise an order from you would not be possible.Karen Palmer Karen Palmer, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 22, 2015.
Lovely salvia plants, two out of three of them extra lush, and very well packaged! Marcy S., who rated us 9 / 10 on May 22, 2015.
Your plants are truly Awesome!! Large, robust, and fairly leaping forth! The salvias are growing almost visibly, began blooming immediately. You have become my favorite gardening resource, actually, with so many interesting topics on your website. You grow the very sorts of plants that interest me most these days, and you do it very well! Samantha B., who rated us 10 / 10 on May 20, 2015.
I gloriously pleased with the site and the plants. The plants were HEALTHY large, and three of them were blooming and one had set seed. I couldn't be happier. The species were not the normal salvias and I can't wait for them to get large. There was a difference on one salvia between its description on the site and what conditions were on the tag. I called and they said that it was a new plant and they suspect the description is right but the tag expresses some caution about hardiness. I am taking one star off for the confusion, but it is an unknown for all of us. No one is perfect. I still think you guys are amazing and I'll be back.. Mara Eurich, who rated us 9 / 10 on May 18, 2015.
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, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 16, 2015.
This spring I ordered from 5 different plant sites. FBTS was by far the best. The plants were larger and better branched. Your packaging was superb! Each plant was still moist around its roots and the dirt was held in each pot so none was shaken loose. Your service is the best! Thanks. Linda DeRoze, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 16, 2015.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love my Echium 'blue steeple'! I received the plants healthy and ready to transplant. I will definitely be a repeat customer... Nancy Barsotti, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 12, 2015.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love my Echium 'blue steeple'! I received the plants healthy and ready to transplant. I will definitely be a repeat customer... Nancy Barsotti, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 12, 2015.
My "Summer Jewell Red" and "David Verity" Salvia arrived on time nice and moist (from CA to GA) and were in the containers on my deck within an hour. Hummingbirds on the Jewell Red Salvia within hours. Vigorous beautiful specimens and prompt arrival assured me that this is the "only way to go" in the future. Thanks for the personal service and beautiful plants. Stephen Wilks, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 6, 2015.
Kermit and Vicky are so pleasant to work with. They sent the package promptly and the plants are absolutely gorgeous! There was a mistake with the order and they were wonderful to work with on the correction. Highly recommended! Ian Simpkins, from The Gardens of Ian, who rated us 10 / 10 on May 5, 2015.
When I ordered from Flowers by the Sea I expected to receive the usual seedlings many companies send. To my surprise I received large specimens, some in bloom. I am impressed with both the plants and the plant-saving packaging that helped them survive a week in transit. Truly fine plants and people! Alana Hammons, who rated us 9 / 10 on Apr 27, 2015.
This is my third year I have ordered from Flowers by the Sea. I have received nice sized plants in very good condition. Every single one of the plants have flourished. Nice selection too. Linda, who rated us 8 / 10 on Apr 27, 2015.
All of the plants arrived in excellent condition and are thriving beautifully in my South Carolina garden Hutchinson D. Cummin, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 25, 2015.
The plants arrived in excellent condition; they are planted and thriving beautifully. The planting instructions that were emailed to me were explicit and a huge help since I have never had sage in my garden before now. Kermit was a great help in selecting plants for my area and zone. Gail Green, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 24, 2015.
I am extremely pleased with all plants that I have received from FBTS. The plants were all well packed, shipped promptly and very healthy, unlike other mail order companies with their very small pots and straggly plants. JH, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 22, 2015.
I have been gardening since childhood and I've ordered thousands of plants in that time. Your plants take the cake and the rake! I am sooooo impressed with the size, the health, the packing, and the communication from you! Astounding, gracious, GENEROUS, and unbelievable!!! You guys TOP the list of reputable folks I've dealt with. Anyone looking for salvias or odd plants need look no further than your website. The information on your site is clear, concise, and thorough. Your prices are super! I can't believe the sizes of these plants-a few of the salvias are ready to burst into bloom! I honestly will recommend your nursery and I will be a returning shopper! The BEST, better than expected-and I am thrilled to have found you! Truly deserving of praise and recognition for all of the work and effort you put forth in your knowledge sharing and in the unbelievably healthy, large plants you send. Super impressed, and super ready to place more orders ! Thank you!!!! Regina Regina, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 22, 2015.
Terrific plants! Nice size to the plants (much larger than competitors), with great root systems (have spent quite a bit of time in the pots instead of recent transplants), and well-packed. Will definitely be a repeat customer. Michael Baudino, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 21, 2015.
Plants arrived as scheduled. What a relief to see fresh healthy plants in 4" pots with developed root systems. I will order again. You shoud try them out too. Tina Cremer, from H2 Xero Landscape, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 20, 2015.
Hey...plants arrived in great shape. Will report on their performance in our very wet summer climate as the summer matures! First test: the 12 inches of rain We had over the past week...which will tell me whether I got bed prep right! William Finch, from Earthword Services, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 18, 2015.
I ordered a variety of salvias this year, and they all arrived excellently packaged, healthy, very well rooted, and ready to go outdoors. This is the second year I've ordered from Flowers by the Sea; the salvias I planted last year are already blooming up a storm and beautiful, so I can't wait to see how everything that is new this year looks after a long growing season. Thank you for offering such a wide variety of salvias as well as all the information on each individual plant. I've also tried some plants I wouldn't otherwise know about after reading your Everything Salvias blog, so I appreciate all the information available there, too! Megan, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 16, 2015.
I just got my first order in from Flowers by the Sea. I was absolutely delighted with my flowers. They were in great shape, larger than I expected and transitioned into my garden nicely. I will be a repeat customer! Thank you! Cynde Cornelius, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 16, 2015.
Plants arrived in good condition seeing they didn't get delivered on Friday, April 3rd. as scheduled. Instead they were held over the Easter weekend and were delivered by noon on Monday the 6th. I put then in the sunroom to recover. Too cold here in Wisconsin to think of placing them outside. Cloudy day so they won't be getting any sun today or even the rest of the week. I will also repot into larger pots as they won't be planted outside for at least 6 weeks, but will wait a week for them to recover from their journey before doing it. Hum-mum Jan Asp, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 6, 2015.
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, who rated us 10 / 10 on Apr 6, 2015.
This has been the best packaging of plants I have ever seen. They arrived in good condition and I will plant them today. Annemarie Bristow, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 30, 2015.
My last plants were broken on arrival.I called and was told to wait a month.Yup! They are dead as doornails. patricia small, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 29, 2015.
the nelson cuphea looked very, very healthy with generous leafage and a strong root system dooner, who rated us 7 / 10 on Mar 29, 2015.
Very satisfying service. Plants arrived as promised, though one was damaged. I notified fbts and received a refund. Plants are doing well, as they were healthy and we followed the complete and understandable instructions for preparation and planting. Many thanks. I have recommended this company to others. Carol Sherrill, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 29, 2015.
Was more than satisfied with my well packed and large plants delivered on time. Healthy and in bud and in flower.Pleasure dealing with you. Rich, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 27, 2015.
Always healthy, great looking plants when I unpack them. Really appreciate the huge selection of unusual plants that have become so hard to find. Thanks you FBTS! christine kelley, from cottage garden, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 24, 2015.
Beautiful plants, nice and healthy and growing great. Excellent packing and fast shipping. Also great communication. Will do business with again. Rick Bianchi, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 21, 2015.
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 and inexpert care for months and years. I recommend this nursery to everyone. Katie Percy, who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 13, 2015.
This is the kind of plant nursery that is love at first sight. Whether you are opening their meticulously well-packaged boxes full of robust, rare and beautiful plants or whether you are just perusing their website packed full of information, photos and videos, you are certain to find something you'll love about this nursery. In the days of giant, chain-stores and corporate profits prioritized over all else, this nursery shows us how a substainably-minded, hard working, nature-loving plant nursery can excel in quality while still offering rare plants at a very fair price. Not only will you love your plants but you'll feel that warm-fuzzy feeling you get when you do the right thing: These two plant lovers Care. This care is extended to customer service in their willingness to speak with customers(at length!), share stories, track feedback on each plant to ensure better siting/zoning. This company really is what is great about the US: Hard work, strong ethics and a superior product. William (in Washington state), who rated us 10 / 10 on Mar 9, 2015.
The packaging was great, the plants healthy and delivery was as promised. You've also asked me to review the individual plants but that will have to be later after they've grown in my garden - looking forward to see how they perform. David Swingle, who rated us 10 / 10 on Feb 8, 2015.
I purchased an order of 30 salvias, milkweeds and agastache from FBTS. The plants were packaged well and arrived large and healthy, with the exception of two plants whose branches had snapped during shipping. The plants that were not damaged in shipping were surprisingly large, with the largest being about a foot tall and eight inches wide, and had healthy roots and leaves. Saumitra Kelkar, who rated us 10 / 10 on Feb 8, 2015.
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.
A friend from Northern Cali recommended the Amistad sage...said they throw purple flowers year round and that the hummingbirds love them. She also said the deer and such haven't eaten hers (yet). A relatively new hybrid, apparently. I had them ...
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
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.
I bought three Dara's Choice salvia for a xeric garden, simply on the basis that I had no other idea what to put in it, and all three plants are doing spectacularly. - from small pots to 3' or more wide in less than six months. I only water them once a month, and the weather's been hot and dry. The leaves are dark green and provide a wonderful foil for the Centaurea (that I also purchased here)...
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 servic...
— Janice Krause
Great service, outstanding selection. I'd order from them again.
— Roxanne gunser
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 ...
— Gary Tucker
The sage plants arrived in lovely and healthy condition and are doing great after being planted in the ground. No flowers yet, but rapid growth. I highly recommend your company and will buy more from you. Thank you.
— Gisela Kone
I ordered Agastache 'Ava' to plant in a memorial garden for a little girl bearing the same name. I could not be more pleased. The plants arrived healthy. One month after planting them, we were away for a week. It didn't rain that entire week and I thought the plants would have died. However, this variety is so hardy that not only did they survive, they bloomed with the most beautiful pink flowe...
— Rebecca Kyriazis
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.
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