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Everything Salvias: Container Gardening

Container gardening can be traced back thousands of years to China, Central Asia, Egypt, India, the Mediterranean, and other ancient cultures. What began as a way to raise edible and medicinal plants eventually evolved to include ornamental gardening. 

Like roots or seeds that lay dormant in the ground for a long time and then emerge when growing conditions are right, this ancient practice is flourishing again. Balconies, entries, patios, pool decks, walkways and other parts of hardscape are all blooming with container gardens. Some gardeners even nestle them amid in-ground plantings.

Many salvias and companion plants thrive in containers. Consequently, you'll find articles in our Everything Salvias Blog about a wide variety of container gardening topics, including kinds of potting mix to use, selection of plants with similar growing needs, tiny fragrance gardens, native plant pots and container garden combinations for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Please feel free to email or give us a call if you have any container gardening questions or would like to suggest an article idea.

A Guide to Successful Potting Soils for Salvias

Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

One of the decisions that Salvia gardeners face in spring is what kind of potting mix to use for outdoor container plants. Find answers in FBTS Farm & Online Nursery's guide to successful potting soils for Salvias. 

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Container Gardening Basics: Watering Potted Plants

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Synopsis: Container plantings are welcome islands of color and fragrance whether in small or large yards. Their emergence signals the pleasures of summer, including icy glasses of lemonade. Potted plants have a mighty thirst, as well. Container garden plans for Salvias and companion plants need to factor in greater frequency of watering than the plants would receive in-ground.

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Container Gardening Basics: Selecting and Arranging Pots

Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2015

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!

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Container Gardening Basics: Selecting a Good Potting Mix

Posted: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Synopsis: Why is regular garden soil a poor choice for container gardening, and why is sterilized, soilless potting mix better. The term "sterilized" indicates that a potting medium is free of pathogens, weed seed and toxins. "Soilless" means that although it contains organic and inorganic matter, it isn't a garden soil. One of the main reasons to use a soilless mix is that it allows water to drain better in a confined space. Flowers by the Sea explains the basics of potting mixes and why no one recipe fits all needs.

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Creating Oases in Dry Yards With FBTS Container Gardens​

Posted: Monday, July 6, 2015

Container gardening likely began in ancient Egypt with Pharaoh Ramesses III who created garden cities lined with potted trees and papyrus plants. Ramesses didn't have a mail-order plant nursery like Flowers by the Sea to help him determine what to grow and how to do it. He also didn't have three-day mail delivery. But you don't have minions to help you plan and plant your landscape. So FBTS has designed discounted container kits for a variety of growing conditions, including drought.

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