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Mr. Sage

The genus Salvia is our specialty, and we have the largest selection in the United States. We currently offer Salvia species, hybrids and varieties - along with numerous outstanding hummingbird, butterfly and bee plants. Our focus is on plants for pollinators.

Each and every one has been extensively tested & evaluated before we list them here. We're proud of the quality of what we grow, and Unconditionally Guarantee your complete satisfaction with everything we sell.

Read about our safety measures for the novel coronavirus here. We're continuing to produce and ship plants and will be doing so for the foreseeable future. Thank you all for your support during these difficult times.

Inventory update - May 30, 2020
Due to a larger than anticipated demand for our plants this year, we have run short on many varieties. We're doing our best to keep up, but some that we generally offer well into the summer are almost gone. We still have many fine varieties ready for your garden, but may not have your first choice.

By July 1st we anticipate having more of what you have learned to expect ready to ship. Thank you all for your patience and your support during these unprecidented times.

Just getting started with Salvias? We have just what you need - the Getting Started with Salvias page. A great way to learn about this fascinating genus.

Read what our customers say about our service, quality and selection.

What's New
Our latest introductions

We test every plant before we offer it for sale. Your success is our success. You can be confident that these new introductions are dependable garden plants." - Kermit Carter, General Manager

Change is constant in horticulture. Selecting the best new plants is daunting even in one genus, especially Salvia, which contains about 900 species of true sages worldwide. Our New Arrivals section showcases the latest sages and companions in our online catalog whether new to commercial horticulture or only to our gardens. Please contact us if you have questions or gardening experiences to share about these plants.


(Romanian Sage) Here's a great selection for mixed Salvia borders in zones with colder winters. This herbaceous perennial features deep violet flowers in large whorls atop tall, branched spikes.


(Fashion Cherry Sage) Pendulous cherry-red blossoms and dark bracts make Salvia Fashion Cherry™ an eyecatcher. Although it looks like an Australian Wish Sage, it’s a cross between North and South American species.

(Elk Dwarf Balkan Sage) Violet-blue whorls of flowers and plentiful, fuzzy, basal leaves that reach an impressive length of 18 inches are two notable features about this hardy, herbaceous perennial, which is native to western Asia. This is an extremely compact variety with dark green leaves, quite different in appearance compared with the common species.
Ask Mr Sage is one of the most popular categories in our Everything Salvias blog. Here are a few of the latest posts:
Ask Mr. Sage: Why Don't You Grow this New Salvia?:

Plant developers introduce dozens of new Salvia varieties yearly. Flowers by the Sea Farm & Online Nursery selects the best following a careful trialing process. Learn more at Ask...

Ask Mr. Sage: What Salvias Grow Well in Containers?:

What kinds of Salvias are good choices for potting? Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of our Everything Salvias Blog, says the answer is many. In this post, Mr. Sage suggests some surprising...

Ask Mr. Sage: Why Cheap Shipping Is No Bargain:

Shipping charges are expensive. Flowers by the Sea can't compromise plant quality, so it can't charge fake bargain rates on shipping. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of our...

Ask Mr. Sage: Can I Get Coronavirus From FBTS Shipments?:

Just like other people worldwide, customers of FBTS Farm and Online Nursery want to know if Coronavirus can be transmitted via mail-order packages. Researchers from the National Institures of...

Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Offer Free Shipping?:

Like free lunches, free shipping is a myth. Flowers by the Sea doesn't offer free shipping, because it would require increasing plant prices to cover the cost of shipping. Read more to learn...

Ask Mr. Sage: Why Do Back-in-Stock Plants Disappear?:

When FBTS plants are out of stock, customers have the option of receiving email notification when they are available again. But a back-in-stock alert doesn't indicate the...

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