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Honeybees and their many relatives make life sweet for us. Without bees many of our favorite foods and flowers would not be available. From apples to ornamentals to zuchinni, we rely on bees for pollination. According to the USDA, one-third of our diet is made possible by insect pollinators, and approximately 80 percent of that pollination is due to bees. By creating a wildlife garden design with long blooming, drought-resistant Salvias and other flowers for bees, home gardeners can provide the nectar and pollen that these tiny pollinators need to survive.

Drought is causing shortages of many flowering plants on which bees survive. Food loss, both through drought and climate change, is one of many factors that bee researchers say is likely contributing to honey bee deaths.

The Haagen-Daz Honey Bee Haven of the University of California, Davis, in July 2014 reported that "few plants show their value as bee plants for hot, dry gardens better than the salvias." UC Davis even includes red-flowering


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Red Birds in a Tree: How a Rare Wildflower Became a Hummingbird Garden Star:

Red Birds in a Tree, known botanically as Scrophularia macrantha, is a rare, cold-hardy, Wild West perennial with cheery red flowers hummingbirds love. Southwest New Mexico botanist O.B. Metcalfe collected it in 1904.

Getting Started: Salvias for New England:

Some people think you only find sage and coyotes out West. But Canis latrans, the Eastern Coyote, slipped into New England in the 1930s, and who knows when all the sages arrived? The New England Wild Flower Society notes that Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata) is the region's only native sage. It's one among many Salvia species grown in the Botanic Garden of Smith College in Massachusetts, which has one of the largest collections of sage in the region. Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery raises hundreds of sages, including many northeastern favorites.

Types of Bees Working in Your Garden:

America buzzes with bee diversity, including 4,000 native species and many types of nonnative honeybees. Flowers by the Sea details the variety and value of our imperiled bees. This is the second article in a two-part series focused on identifying and understanding bees, becoming aware of threats to their survival and noting ways gardeners can protect these tiny wildlife. It includes tips on how to avoid bee stings.

The Not-So-Secret Lives of Honeybees:

It's no secret that Honeybees are American immigrants. Yet along with native bees, they descended from meat-eating wasps. All bees make food and flowers possible through pollination. This is the first article in a four-part Bees in the Garden series in the Everything Salvias blog of Flowers by the Sea. The series focuses on identifying and understanding bees, becoming aware of threats to their survival and noting ways gardeners can protect these tiny wildlife.

How to Find Food for the Bees at Flowers by the Sea:

Forgive the bad pun, but we almost wouldn't be without bees. These tiny pollinators make it possible for us to eat and experience the flowering beauty of the world around us. Honeybees -- the kind managed by beekeepers -- and thousands of wild species pollinate at least one-third of the plant species we eat. At Flowers by the Sea we've decided to improve our efforts to help the genus Apis. Our first step is to make it easier for you to find plants honeybees frequent by making our catalog easier to search for bee favorites.

Portraits in Gardening: Ward Dasey:

Portraits in Gardening is a blog series from Flowers by the Sea that profiles customers who are passionate about the Salvia genus. This article focuses on wildlife gardener, birder and dedicated volunteer Ward W. Dasey III, who grows Salvias at New Jersey's Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Dasey and nature-loving friends proposed the park to make bird watching easier on the Delaware River.

Sacred Sage: Salvia mellifera -- the Easiest California Native:

Long before the West Coast was colonized, California Indians used Black Sage (Salvia mellifera Greene) for food and medicinal purposes. Today, it often is bundled in smudge sticks used like incense during purification rituals. Another reason to consider Black Sage sacred is that, among the state’s native plants, it is one of the most important sources of nectar for pollinators. Nineteenth century botanist and clergyman Edward Lee Greene made the plant’s botanical name official in 1892 when he was the first person to publish it in a scientific journal. Among California's native Salvias, it is the easiest to grow in home gardens.

Properties for plants in the Bee Flowers Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia x 'Bee's Bliss' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Christine Yeo' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia clevelandii 'Winnifred Gilman' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Partial shade
Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Red Moderate Olive Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia mellifera 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Scarlet Spires' 2 to 3 feet 4 to 5 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia sclarea 'Wild Form' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia transsylvanica 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Strong Purplish Blue Strong Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia verticillata 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia Raspberry Delight® 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia taraxacifolia 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Light Purple Moderate Yellowish Green Full sun
Salvia x guaranitica 'Jean's Purple Passion' 6 feet plus 6 feet plus Deep Purple Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia elegans 'Tangerine' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Yellowish Pink Moderate Red Partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia microphylla 'Variegata' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Red Moderate Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii x karwinskii 'Brent's' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Red Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia x 'Pozo Blue' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia hierosolymitana 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x jamensis 'Yellow Pink' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Strong Pink Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia semiatrata 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Violet Light Purple Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Cherry Chief' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia apiana 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet Yellowish white Yellowish Gray Full sun
Salvia munzii 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia sclarea var turkestanica 'Piemont' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Red' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Playa Rosa' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Purplish Pink Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla var. neurepia 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Red Deep Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Texas Wedding' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pure White Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Red Velvet' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Sally Greenwood' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Orange Yucca Do' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Deep Yellowish Pink Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'San Carlos Festival' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Belize Form' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia arizonica 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Strong Violet Moderate Yellowish Green Partial shade
Salvia greggii x lemmonii 'Raspberry Royale' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Elk Pomegranate' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Deep Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Lowrey's Peach' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Moderate Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Scorcher' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Deep Purplish Pink Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Burgundy Seduction' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Glimmer' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Yellowish Green Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Mesa Azure' 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Strong Purplish Blue Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Royal Bumble' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Strong Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Wild Thing' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia pitcheri grandiflora 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia reptans 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Pink Preference' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Flower Child' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'La Trinidad Pink' 2 to 3 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Orange Door' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'California Sunset' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Cold Hardy Pink' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Starlight' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia lycioides x greggii 'Ultra Violet' 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Vivid Purple Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Full Moon' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Greenish Yellow Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Dara's Choice' 1 to 2 feet 6 feet plus Light Purplish Blue Dark Red Full sun
Salvia lycioides x greggii 'San Isidro' 1 foot or less 1 foot or less Vivid Purple Dark Purple Full sun
Salvia x 'Elk Lemon Light' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Greenish Yellow Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia apiana x clevelandii 'Vicki Romo' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Light Purple Very Pale Green Full sun
Salvia x 'Celestial Blue' 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia mellifera 'Terra Seca' 1 to 2 feet 5 to 6 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia stepposa 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'People's Park' 1 foot or less 1 to 2 feet Strong Purplish Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Telegraph Avenue' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Purplish Red Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Honey Rose' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Penny's Smile' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Tangerine Ballet' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Caviar' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Red Dark Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Shell Dancer' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Gayle Nielson' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia mellifera 'Jade Carpet' 1 to 2 feet 5 to 6 feet Very Pale Violet Dark Red Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Salmon' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Yellowish Pink Moderate Purplish Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia VIBE 'Ignition White' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Pale Yellowish Green Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia VIBE® 'Ignition Purple' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Allen Chickering' 4 to 5 feet 4 to 5 feet Very Light Purple Light Gray Full sun
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blaze' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Strong Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Agastache x 'Ava' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Agastache x 'Kudos Coral' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia 'Dancing Dolls' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Pale Orangish Yellow Light Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Fancy Dancer' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Echium wildpretii 6 feet plus 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia haematodes 1 foot or less 1 to 2 feet Very Pale Purple Moderate Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Yellowish white Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Reddish Orange Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel Pink' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Strong Yellowish Pink Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Stormy Pink' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Moderate Purplish Pink Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia reptans 'Summer Skies' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia arizonica 'Deep Blue' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Strong Violet Strong Yellowish Green Partial shade
Salvia x 'Love and Wishes' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Purplish Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Bella Rosa' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Strong Purplish Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Plum Parfait' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Deep Purplish Red Dark Purple Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Twilight's Rosy Glow' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Light Purplish Pink Grayish Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x jamensis 'Dyson's Orangy Pink' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Moderate Reddish Orange Strong Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Navajo Purple' 2 to 3 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Strong Yellowish Green Full sun
Agastache cana 'Sinning' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia Windwalker® Royal Red 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Vivid Red Dark Red Full sun
Salvia greggii 'Radio Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Dark Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia atropatana 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Violet Strong Purplish Red Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Blast' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Strong Yellowish Pink Light Yellowish Green Full sun to partial shade
Salvia microphylla 'Heatwave Brilliance' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Moderate Red Full sun to partial shade
Marrubium supinum 1 foot or less 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Pink' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia lemmonii 'Wild Rose' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Grace Pink' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia coccinea 'Summer Jewel White' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia 'Blue Chiquita' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Agastache 'Blue Boa' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia reptans 'Autumn Sapphire' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Elk Chantily Lace' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Crimson King' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Blue Note' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia rosmarinus 'Gorizia' 4 to 5 feet 5 to 6 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia rosmarinus 'Frank Krozek' 6 feet plus 6 feet plus Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Agastache x 'Kudos Ambrosia' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia deserta 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x auriculata 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet+ Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia virgata 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Big Blue' 2 to 3 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Cranberry Red' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Screamin' Scarlet' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia VIBE 'Ignition Fuchsia' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Dark Grayish Reddish Bro Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Raspberry Moose' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Magic Wand' 2 to 3 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia aurita ssp. galpinii 3 to 4 feet 4 to 5 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Morning Sun' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia austriaca 2 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'White Flame' 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Fuchsia boliviana 'Alba' 5 to 6 feet 4 to 5 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Partial shade
Agastache x 'Rosie Posie' 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Elk Grape Ape' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia x 'Elk Smokey Grape' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Agastache x 'Purple Haze' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Elk Pink Cloud II' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia COOL Pink Lace 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia canariensis 'Lancelot' 3 to 4 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun
Salvia x 'Mysty' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Cuphea Hummingbird’s Lunch 2 to 3 feet 3 to 4 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Cuphea Blackberry Sparkler 1 to 2 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Salvia greggii 'Raspberry' 2 to 3 feet 1 to 2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
Fuchsia boliviana 5 to 6 feet 4 to 5 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Partial shade
* We have not yet defined this plants colors