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”:
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FBTS quickly explains the differences between annual, biennial and perennial Salvias
Head 'em up; move 'em out. Texas birders participate in an annual Hummingbird Roundup to gather information about the state's 18 species.
Salvias are appealing for their foliage as well as their flowers. However, not everyone has time to learn botanical terminology. Flowers by the Sea tries to make scientific classification easier for those who don't talk the language of leaves.
Los Angeles Times reporter Emily Green praises Salvia for its beauty, fragrance and drought resistance. She calls it an essential plant in the dry Western garden.
Bog Sage is a terrific plant for damp soil and stormy weather, such as powerful "pineapple express" events.
If rabbits are destroying your flower beds, plant Sage. They don’t like the flavor.
You may have better luck finding the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail among your Salvias than pronouncing its many long names.
Gardeners interested in developing wildlife habitat on balconies or in backyards can acquire certification
Potato-vegetable soup containing lots of fresh Sage is a good cold-weather meal.
Have you double checked your USDA plant hardiness zone. You may be able to grow plants you weren’t possible in your area.