Everything Salvias: Salvia Small Talk

Everyone knows the importance of small talk in daily life. Our Salvia Small Talk articles are quick looks at useful topics ranging from cooking with many kinds of edible sages to understanding how USDA cold hardiness zones affect planting decisions. When you “listen in” to what our Small Talk posts are saying, here are some examples of what you will “hear”:

  • Helpful tips about topics such as garden planning
  • Discussions of basic cultivation, including waterwise gardening
  • Suggestions for dealing safely with garden pests
  • Green ideas for recycling and repurposing in the garden
  • Snatches of horticultural history and
  • Bits of wisdom about wildlife, whether beneficial or pesky.

If you want to propose a Salvia Small Talk subject, please call or send us a message. Let's make small talk.

Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Herbaceous Rosette-Growing Salvias

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Synopsis:

Deadheading flowers is usually a light form of pruning in late spring and summer. But some rosette-forming herbaceous Salvias like meadow sages need heavier pruning during the growing season to look tidy and bloom more than once.



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Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Deciduous or Semi-Evergreen Soft Stem Sages

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Synopsis:

Deadheading (removing) withered blossoms from deciduous soft stem sages like Mexican Bush Sage makes them look tidy and repeat bloom during the growing season. Soft stem means a sage has no woody growth.



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Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Deciduous, Woody Stem Sages

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Synopsis:

Deadheading withered blossoms from deciduous woody stem Salvias like Autumn Sage makes them look tidy and repeat bloom during the growing season. A woody stem sage is a subshrub with partially woody growth.



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Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Evergreen, Woody Salvias

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Synopsis:

Deadheading withered blossoms from evergreen, woody Salvia, such as Sacred White Sage, makes them tidy and repeats bloom. You can deadhead them throughout the growing season.



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Salvia Small Talk: Deadheading Versus Pruning Sages

Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Synopsis:

Deadheading refers to light pruning — or trimming — of withered flowers during the growing season. It makes ornamentals, like Salvias, look tidy and encourages repeat bloom. In contrast, pruning is a heavier shearing that usually occurs at the beginning and end of the growing season.



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Salvia Small Talk: Planting a Therapy Garden

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Synopsis:

Salvias are good additions to sensory gardens, because of their fragrance, texture and visual appeal. Plants with sensory appeal stir memory.



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Salvia Small Talk: Measuring Soil Drainage

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Synopsis:

Well-drained soil for Salvias contains a loose mix of clay, coarse sand and organic matter.



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Salvia Small Talk: Winter Watering

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015
Synopsis:

Giving perennials, bushes and trees one or two heavy waterings during winter, on warmer days, prevents root damage



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Salvia Small Talk: Accenting Floral Arrangements with Salvias

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Synopsis:

Southern California urban homesteader Kate Richards offers good advice for incorporating Salvias into country-style bouquets. Richards gained her flower-arranging experience while working in the floral industry, but you don't have to be a florist to design beautiful bouquets.



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Salvia Small Talk: Summer Squash Sage Sauce with Pasta

Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Synopsis:

Every now and then, we visit other websites for promising recipes containing sage. For this post, we dropped in at food writer Claire Adas’ Out of the Ordinary cooking website for a sauce of summer squash and sage.



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Salvia Small Talk: The Gardens and Sages of Alcatraz

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
Synopsis:

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay once housed prisoners, many of whom helped beautify "The Rock" by working in prison gardens. Nowadays, volunteer gardeners keep the island flowering with the help of long-blooming, drought-tolerant Salvias



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Salvia Small Talk: What to Do When Plants Are Out of Stock

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Synopsis:

Flowers by the Sea ships plants year round. However, at any given time we may be out of stock for plants in high demand. Clicking on the Email me when back in stock button causes you to receive an email immediately when the plant is back in stock. Production of some plants is limited. Some can only be obtained for spring delivery; others require special ordering. 



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