Add color, fragrance, pleasing form, and small wildlife habitat to your environment with FBTS Container Kits for pots from 16 to 30 inches in diameter. Our container kits are build-your-own combos of plants you choose from pre-selected lists of compatible Salvias and companion plants that thrive in pots, look pretty together, and share similar growing needs. Each kit discounts regular per-plant prices.
You create container gardens of drought-resistant plants or ones with watering needs ranging from average to ample. For each kit, you choose a “thriller” plant as its central focus, a “spiller” that has relaxed or trailing foliage, and “filler” plants that complement but don’t dominate groupings.
For perennial success, please select a mix matching the average low temperature range of your local USDA Plant Hardiness Zone.
Full Sun Container Garden
“Full sun” refers to parts of your yard where plants receive at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. Although the choices here prefer lots of sun, they tolerate partial shade in very warm climates.
Full Shade Container Garden
Full shade locations provide no direct sunlight during the day. They are low lit but not dark. Except in very warm areas, our full shade selections may also be grown in partial shade.
Partial Shade Container Garden
Partial shade is dappled sunlight that occurs under shade trees and structures, such as pergolas, that allow some direct sunlight. These plants also tolerate full sun in areas where temperatures are mild.
FBTS Plant Collections are excellent shortcuts to refurbishing existing flowerbeds or designing new ones. They are harmonious combos of plants that look pleasing together and have similar needs for soil type, sun exposure, and watering. Some are monochromatic whereas others contain mixed colors.
A collection may contain varieties of a single type of plant or a combination of complementary species. It may be a grouping adaptable to many areas of your yard or filling a specific need. Each is designed to attract pollinators whether hummingbirds or beneficial insects, including bees and butterflies. All are lovely additions to your landscape.
Easy Tropical Sage Hummingbird Garden
From spring to fall, Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea) produces abundant nectar that attracts hummingbirds. The selections in our kit range from short to tall and blossom in varying colors. Grow them as annuals in cold-winter areas and as tender perennials in USDA Zones 9 to 11.
Hummingbird Red Salvias Sun Garden
Hummingbirds love this red-ilicious garden kit containing sages for sunny gardens in USDA Zone 6. It mixes perennials that are native to the Southwest, Texas, and Mexico but adaptable to many areas with moderate winter temperatures.
Three Wishes Garden
The Wishes are three closely related Australian hybrid Salvias that are colorful, bloom abundantly, and are ideal for containers or in-ground planting. They’re perennial to USDA Zone 9 and fine annuals elsewhere. Hummingbirds love these sages, which adapt to locations ranging from full sun in cool climates to partial shade everywhere.
Rainbow Sage Color Collection
You'll get a rainbow R A I N B O W of color with the Rainbow Sage Color Collection. All 15 of our select varieties for one low price.
All of the Elk Rainbow Sages are easy to grow and especially enticing to visiting hummingbirds.
Swan Western Butterfly Starter Kit
Milkweeds are great nectar plants as well as the only host plants on which the Monarch Butterfly will lay eggs. The elegant white milkweed flowers of Swan Plant are central to this kit of butterfly favorites, including Agastache, Salvia, and Lobelia. It’s perennial in USDA Zone 8.
Monarch Paradise Garden
Milkweeds are the only plants on which Monarch Butterflies lay their eggs. The rough, fuzzy foliage makes it easier for eggs and chrysalises to hold tight. Later, the caterpillars eat the leaves, consuming toxic chemicals that make Monarchs less appealing to predators. Also, Monarchs and other butterflies love milkweed nectar. Three varieties of brightly colored Tropical Milkweed are the leading attraction in this combo, which includes nectar-rich Agastaches and Salvia. All are perennial to USDA Zone 9.
Hellstrips are parts of the landscape that are difficult to reach with a garden hose and often become dry, weedy patches, such as the verges between sidewalks and roadways. Our hellstrip combos feature pretty yet tough waterwise plants for dry, full-sun conditions.
All FBTS Hellstrip Gardens contain plants averaging 30 inches tall or less in order to meet municipal rules about good sightlines to the street. Each of our combos covers an area roughly 4 feet wide by 8 feet long. This leaves space between plants for healthy, uncrowded growth when mature and allows addition of other low-growing, drought-resistant plants such as sedums.
Almost Red, White and Blue Hellstrip
Choose a grouping of drought-resistant red, white, and blue plants from the American Southwest, Mexico, and South Africa that are perennial in USDA Zone 8. They attract pollinators with plentiful nectar.
Curbside Zen Zone Hellstrip
Zen out with easy-care Salvia and Agastache plants that require little worry or water to look beautiful. These colorful yet tough plants are perennial to USDA Zone 5.
Hot But Cool Hellstrip
Do popsicles melt in hellstrip gardens? Not if they’re Popsicle Kniphofia -- dwarf Hot Poker plants that look like frozen treats. Add the icy blue flowers of Yugoslavian Cut Leaf Sage (Salvia jurisicii) for a combo of hot and cool colors perennial to USDA Zone 6.
This hellstrip mix earns our blue ribbon for drought resistance and intense blueness from lavender and sky blue to purple. It looks cool, but is made for heat in USDA Zone 9 where the plants are perennials.