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Salvias Down South

Unique soils and weather patterns affect gardening in our nation’s southern latitudes from damp, sandy Florida westward through Texas and on to the dry, sandy Southwest. A wide variety of climates and weather patterns govern the various regions that form this broad swath of America. Yet there are sages for all these areas from water-loving species to ones that barely need watering. Our Salvias Down South articles are designed to help gardeners in hot climates, whether exceedingly moist or dry. If you fit into this geographical category, we'd love to hear from you about your successes and frustrations in southern gardens.

Salvias Down South 15 Sages to Pink Up Landscapes

Posted: Monday, December 14, 2015
Synopsis: Winter is a good time for warm thoughts about rosy colors pinking up the landscape. Not only is pink pleasant, but it is soothing. As psychologists discovered in the late 20th century, it's also the color of calm. Researchers have identified at least one shade of pink -- a vivid color now known as drunk tank pink -- as lessening aggressive moods of people who are incarcerated. Pink is also a color used in serenity gardens. Flowers by the Sea details 15 pink sages here, some of which bloom in winter.

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Salvias Down South: 8 Must-Have Salvias & Companions for the Southwest

Posted: Friday, February 8, 2013
Synopsis: Forgive us if we repeat ourselves sometimes, but you don’t have to be a fine artist to create a work of beauty in the garden. By selecting hardy, vibrantly colored Salvias that can withstand Southwestern weather ranging from sullen heat and drought to raging rainstorms, you become a landscape painter. We’re here to help you pick colors for your palette

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Salvias Down South: 15 Thirsty Salvias for Florida

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013

Flowers by the Sea grows Salvias that are already popular in the Southeast as well as others we would like to introduce to gardeners seeking thirsty flowering plants that can also adjust to dry spells. Many are fine choices for Florida hummingbird gardens. Our suggestions are organized into categories based on moisture tolerance – average and ample -- as well as sun requirements.

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Salvias Down South: How Salvias Behave in Florida

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012
Synopsis: Salvias that grow well in Florida may behave differently from one region of the state to another. This may mystify gardeners who have just moved to Florida or have moved to a different area in the state. Based primarily on seasonal variations in temperature, the four main regions are North, Central, South and Tropical Florida.

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Salvias Down South: Salvia Success in Florida

Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Synopsis: Florida is one of the wettest states in the nation, yet it is a fine place to grow Salvias if you select shade-tolerant, moisture-loving species and ones native to Florida. Gardeners who are accustomed to growing Salvias in a dry climate face a variety of surprises in Florida gardens. These include recurrent periods of drought, many cloudy days and soil that is so poor it has to be amended for Salvias.

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Salvias Down South: Tough Texans that Look Hot

Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Synopsis: A little bit of a hot color warms the garden landscape; a lot sizzles. Salvias that are red, orange, salmon and intensely pink make eyes snap to attention when grown en masse or as highlights complementing cool-colored perennials. Texas is home to a number of tough, drought-resistant species that can make a garden look hot. In this article, Flowers by the Sea focuses on nine to light up southern landscapes.

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Salvias Down South: Tough Texans Sing the Blues

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Blue Salvias bring peace to flower gardens. True blues, such as West Texas Grass Sage (Salvia reptans), are especially eye-catching. The same anthocyanins that make berries a healthy dietary choice also give them their colors. Similarly these chemicals create the wide variety of blues, purples and reds in the petals of flowers such as Salvias. Flowers by the Sea offers six varieties of tough Texas sages that can help you create a soulful garden bursting with blue. Drought-resistant and long-blooming, they grow happily in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 to 9, with some flourishing in areas as cool as Zone 4 and as hot as Zone 11.

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Salvias Down South: Texas Butterfly Favorites

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Synopsis: Wildscaping is a way to landscape to attract pollinators. Butterflies are one of the most important. In Texas there are 463 species. Steering some of this herd of Lepidoptera toward your yard is easier if you know what butterflies frequent your region and which plants they favor for nectar and for laying their eggs, including Salvias. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Flowers by the Sea all can help Southwestern butterfly gardeners.

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