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Special Salvia Groups
Special Salvia Groups

Divide and conquer! Another way that we categorize the hundreds of Salvias that we grow is to divide many of them into helpful "special groups." For example, if you want long-blooming color but live in an area where low-water gardens are necessary, try our large Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) - Mountain Sage (S. microphylla) group.

Drought-tolerant plants are a major focus at Flowers by the Sea, but we recognize that some Salvias require ample moisture and that certain parts of the nation need water-loving plants. If you live in a warm-winter region that is humid, our grouping of "Salvias for Florida" offers a wealth of choices.

Chilly winters? Try our Meadow Sage group.

Want to see some of the most dramatic, true blue flowers on Earth? Visit our Gentian Sage group.

If you are planning a therapy garden or want entryway plants that will perfume your front walk, we've gathered a number of favorites in our Fragrant Salvias group.

Cooks intent on planting a kitchen garden should consider our Culinary Sage group. Gardeners who love bicolor foliage need to leaf peep in our Variegated Salvias group.

Finally, the Limited Seasonal Availability group is especially helpful for anyone searching for rare or hard-to-find species. As you tour our online catalog, you'll notice that some plants are sold only at particular times of year. This list helps you know which plants are limited and when they are available.

Please let us know if there are additional groupings that you would find useful.

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Plants may wither even if you regularly water them. When the ground surrounding a new planting's root ball is moist but the roots remain dry, that indicates moisture isn't transferring properly from the outer soil. Flowers by the Sea Nursery outlines a process for diagnosing dry root ball and combating it.

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Flowers by the Sea is a mail-order nursery eliminating craziness from garden planning with advance orders and customer selection of shipping dates. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature based on calls and emails received by FBTS. This article details how to use our redesigned preorder process and other catalog tools for making sure you get the plants you want when you want them.

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Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery specializes in Salvias and often receives questions about how to prune them. Although getting good at pruning takes practice, Salvias rebound quickly if you make mistakes. A key to successful pruning is understanding the varying needs of four main categories of sages. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog.

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Ask Mr. Sage: Best Time to Plant Drought Resistant CA Natives: Drought resistant California native sages thrive when planted in fall. It's easier for roots to become established when soil is warm, air temperatures are cooler and precipitation is increasing. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and emails from customers.