Accessing the FBTS Website
Here are some tools for finding what you need. Our website offers:
- A Plant Index -- the green sidebar on every page -- groups our plants in a number of ways. These categories range from an A-to-Z listing of the plants we sell to smaller groupings, such as lists of butterfly and hummingbird favorites. It includes categories focused on plant colors, USDA Cold Hardiness Zones and -- in the Salvias by Origin category -- 11 groupings of native species for varying states and countries.
- A list of Product Filters appears under the index when you open an index category or enter phrases in the Search Bar. These filters help you sort choices based on plant attributes, such as size and sun requirements.
- Detailed Plant Descriptions assist you in making choices.
- Our Everything Salvias Blog contains dozens of informative articles about sages and companion plants. Just click the blog button at the top right of any page. A list of Special Topics allows you to quickly search the content, which includes tips (Quick Digs), videos (Views from the Garden) and in-depth articles about subjects such as drought tolerance (Xeric Choices).
- Blog Archive listings of stories referring to a specific species appear at the bottom of the page when you do a simple search by plant name via the search bar.
- And the following list of Favorite Links to websites that we enjoy and find useful.
Horticultural Salvia Websites
The Salvia genus contains about 900 species distributed around the world. So you'll find international websites, in Spanish as well as English, among these websites dedicated to the genus. The first website offers a window on South American Salvias. Cabrillo College has the leading collection of Salvias in American academia. Robin Middleton's site offers an extensive photo gallery of the genus. The Salvia Study Group is an Australian organization of gardeners who specialize in sages. One valuable service they provide is clarification of plant scientific names. Finally, Australian Sue Templeton is a leading Salvia expert.
Experienced gardeners have a wealth of information to share. It's our experience that garden forums are invaluable for learning through shared experience. Here are some of our favorites.
- All Things Plants Agastache and Salvias Forum
- The Hummingbird Forum
- GardenWeb Salvia Forum
- GardenWeb Butterfly Garden Forum
Among the U.S. and international governmental websites we access, these are two of the most important.
Hundreds of botanical gardens exist across America. They are beautiful places to visit, invaluable sources of information and education and, often, important partners in plant testing. The first link here is, itself, a list of links to North American botanical gardens and arboretums. The others are favorites and resources we have found helpful in our research.
- dmoz Open Directory: Botanical Gardens and Arboreta: North America
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
- Huntington Botanical Gardens
- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
- Missouri Botanical Garden
- Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Fe Botanical Garden
- San Francisco Botanical Garden
- University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
- Royal Horticultural Society
We access many websites about wildlife for our Everything Salvias blog. These are some particularly helpful sites. The first one contains a list of links to information about butterflies and butterfly gardening.
- Butterflies of America
- North American Butterfly Association
- Hummingbird Journey North
- Hummingbird Monitoring Network
- Operation Ruby Throat
- What's that Bug?
- Window on Texas Wildscape
- Xerces Society for Invertebrate conservation
When researching the complex issues of plant and animal endangerment, these are a few helpful sites to which we refer.
Other Great Resources
Here are some additional authoritative resources that we highly value. The first link regards an international project aimed at developing a list of all known plant species in the world, which is helpful when you work with such a large genus for which there is no formal registry for scientific names. Seedhunt was a major participant in organizing two Salvia Summit events. The Scottish Rock Garden Club is world renowned for its work with the genus. The last link provides great information about Native American herbal medicines, a number of which are based on Salvias.
- The Plant List
- Scottish Rock Garden Club
- University of Michigan: Native American Ethnobotany
Passionate Garden Blogs
We appreciate the great photographs, professional experience and vibrant, passionate writing about gardening that many garden blogs offer. Here are some fine ones, including Prairie Break, which is written by Denver Botanic Gardens Senior Curator Panayoti Kelaidis.
- A Way to Garden
- Far Out Flora
- My Florida Backyard
- Prairie Break
- Rhone Street Gardens
- Serenity in the Garden
If you would like to suggest a website for us to add to our links, please write or call us. We'll take a look.