Security Seals
0

Your Shopping Cart

Your cart is empty.
 You are here    Flowers by the Sea /

We began publishing our Everything Salvias blog in 2010 for your enjoyment and to help you "get it right" when growing sages that are often unavailable at local garden centers.

It seems like there is an endless bounty of stories to be told. But that's to be expected when covering a genus containing an estimated 900 species -- the largest group within the mint family (Lamiaceae). In addition to Salvias, we write about other species that are either mint family members or low-water companions for our many drought-tolerant Salvias. We welcome comments as well as suggestions for future blog posts.

To access articles rapidly based on your interests, please click on the categories below, which include do-it-yourself videos (Views from the Garden). But please note: This is a dangerous place for a sage lover.

Explore the Categories:












































Here are all of our articles:
Grow a Riot of Color with New Salvia Cottage Garden Collections

Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020
Synopsis:

Cottage gardens make humble homes look spectacular with their densely packed color and foliage. FBTS Cottage Garden Collections are designed to brighten your yard with a riot of Salvias and companion plants.



Read the Article
6 Indispensable Hummingbird Flowers for Long, Easy Bloom

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

Hummingbirds are like tiny combat jets dive bombing each other when staking claim to the nectar-rich flowers they need for survival. Fights over nectar habitat can reduce hummingbird gardens to single occupancy. FBTS Farm and Online Nursery details and tells stories about its top six hummingbird flowers. Plant lots of them to accommodate a village of hungry hummers.

 



Read the Article
Getting Started: Salvias for Zone 9

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

California's small, Mohave Desert city of Barstow averages about 5 inches of rain annually. Across the continent, Pensacola, Florida, has more than double Barstow's population and more than 12 times its amount of rainfall. Yet both cities are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone 9 where you can plant perennials and shrubs that survive winter lows ranging from 20 to 30 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea takes readers on a triple coast road trip of Zone 9 and suggests plantings for varied growing conditions along the way.



Read the Article
A Community of Anise Scented Sages We Adore

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

You might expect the foliage of a plant called Anise-Scented Sage (Salvia guaranitica) to smell robustly like licorice, which shares the same fragrance as anise. Some gardeners detect a hint of licorice after crushing a leaf, but many say the foliage merely smells sweet. These popular sages are native to Brazil where indigenous peoples used their leaves as a medicine. Flowers by the Sea grows many varieties in a wide range of sizes and flower colors



Read the Article
Sage Words about Wildlife: 4 Seasons of Hummingbird Salvias

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

Regional differences in seasonal temperature and humidity affect the choice of Salvias to plant in hummingbird gardens. The varying seasons in which particular sages bloom and the part of the world where they originated also determine whether they attract hummingbirds. Flowers by the Sea offers suggestions based on regions and seasons.



Read the Article
Container Gardening Basics: Selecting and Arranging Pots

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

Assembling a new planter with fresh potting soil and young plants is a feel-good activity similar to moving into a new home. Each pot and property is full of promise. Placing a single plant or a grouping in the right size of pot is like selecting a starter home for it that will encourage healthy growth. The type of material a pot is made from also affects development. Flowers by the Sea Online Salvia Nursery explains how to choose correct pot sizes as well as pot styles, sizes, colors and arrangements. Don't miss The Flowerpot Men music video!



Read the Article
Ten Favorite Flowers for Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

Flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds favor are rich sources of nectar. But not all nectar-rich butterfly favorites are easy to access with long hummingbird beaks. Conversely, many flowers designed by nature to attract hummingbirds don't have the structure necessary for feeding butterflies or providing a perch. Here are ten Salvias and companion plants for backyard wildlife habitat that both butterflies and hummingbirds will enjoy.

 



Read the Article
Salvias Down South: 15 Thirsty Salvias for Florida

Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020
Synopsis:

Flowers by the Sea grows Salvias that are already popular in the Southeast as well as others we would like to introduce to gardeners seeking thirsty flowering plants that can also adjust to dry spells. Many are fine choices for Florida hummingbird gardens. Our suggestions are organized into categories based on moisture tolerance – average and ample -- as well as sun requirements.



Read the Article
New at FBTS: Ember's Wish & Love and Wishes Salvias

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Synopsis:

Plants contribute to our lives in many ways -- as sources of beauty, building materials, clothing, food, fragrance, medicine and oxygen. Add hope and fulfillment to the list, because that is what three abundantly blooming Salvias from Australia add to the lives of seriously ill children. These plants form the Wish Collection -- Wendy's Wish Sage, Ember's Wish Sage, and Love and Wishes Sage. Flowers by the Sea is one of the first online nurseries in America to sell all three. Although we have grown and sold Wendy's Wish for a number of years, Ember's Wish and Love and Wishes are new at FBTS.



Read the Article
Book Review: Stop. . .and Smell the Mints

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Synopsis:

Randy Collins was surprised when he got hooked on horticulture following retirement. But after a move to South Carolina, he was even more surprised at how deer destroyed his gardens until he began growing lots of mint family (Lamiaceae) plants like Salvias. It inspired him to write Stop...and Smell the Mints.



Read the Article
Composing a Symphony of Pastel Salvias Including Elk Rainbow Sages

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Synopsis:

If you want to orchestrate a peaceful symphony in a flowerbed, planting a profusion of pastels is one way to do it. Pastels are lighter hues of bright primary and secondary colors. Although gardeners often visualize bright colors when thinking of Salvias, there are a number of pastels in the genus such as among the Jame Sage Hybrids (Salvia x jamensis spp.), including many in the new Flowers by the Sea Elk Rainbow Series.



Read the Article
6 Salvias for Shade

Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Synopsis:

Most gardeners associate plants in the genus Salvia with full sun, rocky soil, drought and semi-arid native lands. Although a number of sages fit this picture, far more appreciate loamy, fertile garden soil. Some require lots of water. Also, a large number of sages thrive in partial shade, and some tolerate full shade. Here are six of the many shade lovers that Flowers by the Sea grows.



Read the Article
Ask Mr. Sage: Why Cheap Shipping Is No Bargain

Posted: Monday, March 23, 2020
Synopsis:

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 Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and notes from customers.



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

Posted: Friday, March 13, 2020
Synopsis:

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 Health say it is unlikely. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog and is based on inquiries from customers.



Read the Article
Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Offer Free Shipping?

Posted: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Synopsis:

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 how FBTS sets fair shipping prices. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and notes from customers.



Read the Article
A Guide to Growing and Respecting Sacred White Sage

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Synopsis:

White Sage (Salvia apiana) is a sacred plant for Native Americans, especially tribes in its Southern California native lands. It's a challenging plant to grow. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Nursery talks about the history and religious use of Salvia apiana as well as providing a guide to growing it.



Read the Article
Sacred Sage: Salvia coccinea -- An American Subtropical Treasure

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020
Synopsis:

Although it probably originated somewhere in Mexico, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea) existed in the American Southeast prior to European exploration of the New World, so it is considered an American native. It's also native to Central and South America and has naturalized in parts of Europe and Africa. Medical researchers think its phytochemicals may fight illnesses caused by inflammation and oxidative stress from free radicals.



Read the Article
Bedding Plant Royalty: Splendid Salvia Splendens

Posted: Monday, January 27, 2020
Synopsis:

If the world were to coronate a Salvia as its favorite annual, there's little doubt that a deep red variety of Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens) would bear the sceptre. It's a long blooming, global favorite sometimes called Bedding Sage or Red Sage. When it was first introduced to horticulture in 1822, it was known as Lee's Scarlet Sage. Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery explains the growth habits and history of Scarlet Sage and suggests numerous favorite cultivars to add grandeur to your garden.



Read the Article
New Shipping Method Combines Orders Easily & Saves You Money

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Synopsis:

All of us love retail services that make our lives easier, especially if they save us money. That’s the case with the new Combined Shipping Option for plant orders at Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery.



Read the Article
FBTS Makes Small Increase in Minimum Order Charge

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Synopsis:

Sometimes small changes help online plant nurseries to stay upbeat and, as the Bee Gees sang, to "keep staying alive." Flowers by the Sea, a specialty online Salvia nursery, has made a small increase in its minimum order fee from $25 to $30 to stay profitable and keep providing a wide variety of popular and rare Salvias and companion plants.



Read the Article
Buying Salvias Online from FBTS: How to Order & What to Expect - Updated

Posted: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Synopsis:

When you purchase plants online, it's understandable to feel a bit nervous. After all, a tender green life is being sent to you in a box. Will it survive the journey in healthy condition? Also, how secure will your credit card information and other data be? Furthermore, how do you sort through all those plants in the online catalog? Flowers by the Sea provides answers.



Read the Article
Salvia Small Talk: Customized Shipping Charges

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Synopsis:

Flowers by the Sea uses a customized system for shipping charges. Customized fees allow adjustment of shipping prices based on how far away you live from FBTS and how many plants you purchase. This is a more equitable way of covering delivery fees instead of increasing plant prices to cover losses on delivery charges as in a flat-rate system.

 



Read the Article
UPS Shipping Rates for FBTS Going UP!

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019
Synopsis:

Every November we get a letter from the president of UPS regarding shipping charges.  It is never good news.



Read the Article
Salvia Small Talk: Unusual Pineapple Sage Culinary Treats

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Synopsis:

Pineapple Sage looks and tastes delightful in many foods, including baked goods. It's a surprising treat in herb butters and marmalade.



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

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Synopsis:

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 quantity available. Sometimes there are few and sometimes many. Getting what you want requires quick response. Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog, responds to customer questions.



Read the Article