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Full Sun Container Garden

Great gardens come in small packages. Our Container Gardening Kits are available for Full Sun, Partial Shade and Full Shade locations. These are designed for containers at least 16 inches and up to 30 inches in diameter.

Full Sun

This garden is designed for full sun in most climates, but can be grown in partial shade in very warm areas.

These are "build-your-own" Kits - you choose one Thriller, one Spiller and one or more Fillers to get the color and effect you are looking for, confident the combinations will work together.

Pick one Thriller, one Spiller and one Filler:

  • A Thriller plant is the central focus of the container, the "wow" plant
  • The Spiller is a plant with relaxed or trailing foliage that softens the look
  • Filler plants complement but don't dominate their groupings

You can arrange the plants as you choose, depending on the placement of your container and from what direction it will be seen. Generally, place the Thriller in the center or rear, with the Spillers near the edge. Filler plants are used to give body to the container, and generally extend the blooming period as well.

Our Container Gardening Kits give you a discount, which makes them less expensive than plants purchased individually. Whether your outdoor growing space is spacious or as limited as a balcony, container gardens add color, fragrance, form and small wildlife habitat to your environment.

Overall, FBTS Container Gardening Kits are excellent shortcuts to planning potted gardens. They are starting points around which you may choose to add other planters to grace your surroundings.


Looking for more information?

Visit the Container Gardening section of our Everything Salvias blog for articles about growing Salvias in pots.

Note: All of our Container Gardens are designed to bloom and flourish for one season. For best results they must be refreshed and replanted for the second year and beyond.

Full Shade Container Garden

Great gardens come in small packages. Our Container Gardening Kits are available for Full Sun, Partial Shade and Full Shade locations. These are designed for containers at least 16 inches and up to 30 inches in diameter.

Full Shade

This garden is designed for Full Shade in most climates, but can be grown in Partial Shade except in very warm areas.

These are "build-your-own" Kits - you choose one Thriller, one Spiller and one or more Fillers to get the color and effect you are looking for, confident the combinations will work together.

Pick one Thriller, one Spiller and one or more Fillers:

  • A Thriller plant is the central focus of the container, the "wow" plant
  • The Spiller is a plant with relaxed or trailing foliage that softens the look
  • Filler plants complement but don't dominate their groupings

You can arrange the plants as you choose, depending on the placement of your container and from what direction it will be seen. Generally, place the Thriller in the center or rear, with the Spillers near the edge. Filler plants are used to give body to the container, and generally extend the blooming period as well.

Our Container Gardening Kits give you a discount, which makes them less expensive than plants purchased individually. Whether your outdoor growing space is spacious or as limited as a balcony, container gardens add color, fragrance, form and small wildlife habitat to your environment.

Overall, FBTS Container Gardening Kits are excellent shortcuts to planning potted gardens. They are starting points around which you may choose to add other planters to grace your surroundings.


Looking for more information?

Visit the Container Gardening section of our Everything Salvias blog for articles about growing Salvias in pots.

Note: All of our Container Gardens are designed to bloom and flourish for one season. For best results they must be refreshed and replanted for the second year and beyond. No substitutions please.

Partial Shade Container Garden

Great gardens come in small packages. Our Container Gardening Kits are available for Full Sun, Partial Shade and Full Shade locations. These are designed for containers at least 16 inches and up to 30 inches in diameter.

Partial Shade

This garden is designed for Partial Shade in most climates, but can be grown in Full Sun in cool weather areas.

These are "build-your-own" Kits - you choose one Thriller, one Spiller and one or more Fillers to get the color and effect you are looking for, confident the combinations will work together.

Pick one Thriller, one Spiller and one Filler:

  • A Thriller plant is the central focus of the container, the "wow" plant
  • The Spiller is a plant with relaxed or trailing foliage that softens the look
  • Filler plants complement but don't dominate their groupings

You can arrange the plants as you choose, depending on the placement of your container and from what direction it will be seen. Generally, place the Thriller in the center or rear, with the Spillers near the edge. Filler plants are used to give body to the container, and generally extend the blooming period as well.

Our Container Gardening Kits give you a discount, which makes them less expensive than plants purchased individually. Whether your outdoor growing space is spacious or as limited as a balcony, container gardens add color, fragrance, form and small wildlife habitat to your environment.

Overall, FBTS Container Gardening Kits are excellent shortcuts to planning potted gardens. They are starting points around which you may choose to add other planters to grace your surroundings.


Looking for more information?

Visit the Container Gardening section of our Everything Salvias blog for articles about growing Salvias in pots.

Note: All of our Container Gardens are designed to bloom and flourish for one season. For best results they must be refreshed and replanted for the second year and beyond. No substitutions please.

Easy Tropical Sage Hummingbird Garden

Tropical Sages are easy to grow, long blooming and some of the very best hummingbird flowers. For the best look, plant the shorter varieties at the front of a planting beds in groups of five, with the shorter and the taller ones in groups of three in the rear.

Read more about Tropical Sage here.

Select a full sun to partial shade location with well drained & preferably rich soil for these plants. Plant the shorter varieties 15 to 18 inches apart, and the tall varieties 18 to 24 inches from any other plant. Tropical Sage does best with regular watering and ample feeding. Or plant in groups of three or five in containers - these all are great choices for pots.

Select one or more plants from each Group - Short and Tall - for a garden that will be like heaven to the hummingbirds. And save money at the same time.

Hummingbird Red Salvias Sun Mix

Red-ilicious! That's what hummingbirds love. This FBTS Garden Kit is designed to lure winged jewels to your sunny garden with a mass of six tasty sages at a discounted group price.

It's a mix of Autumn Sage, Mountain Sage and Mexican Sage -- perennials native to the Southwest, Texas and Mexico. Yet these species are adaptable to many areas with moderate winter weather.

In order from smallest to largest, the collection contains:

  • Short - Radio Red Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii 'Radio Red'), planted in groups of five
  • Tall - Vermilion Bluffs® Mexican Sage (Salvia darcyi 'Pscarl')
  • Tall - Windwalker® Royal Red Salvia (Salvia x microphylla darcyi 'PWIN03S')
  • Tall - John Whittlesey Sage (Salvia x 'John Whittlesey'), a cross between S. darcyi and S. microphylla.
One Garden Kit will cover up to 35 square feet.

The Windwalkerª and John Whittlesey hybrids grow about waist high and spread wider than their height. So they fit well at back of border. Vermilion Bluffsª is the same height, but much narrower. Place this between the wider species or grow it mid-bed. Edge the front with a petite mix of sages, including the Radio Reds

.

All of these beauties are easy to grow, and none are picky about soil as long as it drains well. Provide average supplemental watering based on local growing conditions. You'll be rewarded with long bloom that will feed many hungry honeybees as well as hummers.

Fortunately, deer dislike most Salvias, so they'll see this blaze of red as a green light to keep on going instead of stopping for a nibble.


Three Wishes Garden Kit

Perhaps you’ve heard of the three "Wishes". At FBTS, we think of them as our best wishes for your gardening success. They are varieties of colorful, easy-to-grow Australian hybrids, which are ideal for container growing, or for planting in a garden bed. Long blooming and well-loved by hummingbirds, these Salvias are adaptable to exposures ranging from full sun in cool climates to partial shade everywhere.

In mild winter climates the Wish Salvias are perennials, and -- in the warmest part of their range -- they are shrubs. In the ground and in full bloom, they may grow up to waist high. Container planting naturally limits width and height. These nine plants will fill approximately 80 square feet planted in a garden.

We offer you three each of:

  • Salvia x 'Wendy’s Wish' -- a dusty pink flowered sage from a chance seedling found in a Victoria, Australia, garden
  • Salvia x 'Ember’s Wish' – a coral-flowered beauty hybridized from Wendy’s Wish, and
  • Salvia x 'Love and Wishes' – Wendy’s magenta-purple hybrid developed by an Australian retiree.

Experience tells us that you will love these sages, but deer won’t.

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