I first ordered from Flowers by the Sea in the spring of 2013, and have ordered from them every succeeding year since then. Their nursery stock arrives very carefully packed which reflects the care they put into to their product. The plants they send are very full and very healthy. By some people's standards I am an extreme gardener, and I have dealt with many many mail order nurseries. To this day I am so impressed with my order from these people. I live in a rather small town and feel so grateful to have a nursery that specializes in salvias and their companion plants. When you order from them you will not be disappointed!
Yesterday my order of 6 salvias arrived. Up until then I had considered the plants I got from Annie's Annuals and Perennials this year to have been the best of many mail orders. Now, I must revise my opinion and give the first ;prize to Flowers by the Sea!. All the plants were meticulously wrapped and arrived well hydrated, and so large. So many of the orders I received this year were hardly worth unwrapping; the quality of plants was unbelievably poor, desiccated and puny, Yours and Annie's were the exception and I will definitely order from you again. Note: the Enter Code line will not allow me to type the last two letters (Y and Z).
From one salvia lover to another.... I always am so amazed at the quality and condition of plants I order from you. In spite of the distance (CA-SC) the plants always are in wonderful condition. All 12 of the recent order were well rooted and ready for planting. Thank you for your quality products!
Amazing plants! At least twice the size of plants from other places. Delivery is extremely fast. Packaging of plants is unique...
Very well grown healthy plants. The best mail order plants I have received from numerous growers. For the size of the plants they were priced appropriately.
I placed my order of 6 Salvia Buchananii with Flowers by the Sea in February 2017 for arrival in early to mid March. During the first weeks of March we here in Coastal South Carolina were warned of hard freeze potential. Flowers by the Sea contacted me via telephone to discuss the shipping of these young and tender plants during this hazardous period. They really cared about the success of my purchase and the plants. We decided to put the shipment off until the end of March and like promised they arrived on March 30, 2017 looking beautiful. How nice to have such a dependable and dedicated Customer Service that cares and cares in advance. Many plants were destroyed during the March freezes here on the coastline of South Carolina. I could not be happier. Thanks Flowers by the Sea!
You ship beautiful plants. They are large and healthy. I was so impressed that I gave my doctor your website information as he loves Salvias. I told that you had every one ever cultivated and he wouldn't be disappointed.
I have ordered plants from six different nurseries online over the last year (because I am so particular and no one carries everything) but FBTS was by far my favorite. I've received plants from other stores where they cut the plant down to the root ball, but FBTS sent me two healthy plants that weren't trimmed down and weren't damaged during shipping, showing they don't necessarily need to be cut down! They also didn't suffocate them in saran wrap or remove their pots so the soil didn't crumble around the root ball. My plants arrived looking happy despite being in the dark for however many days it took them to arrive, and I can't say the same for any other business that has shipped me plants. You guys have an amazing selection of salvias, but I just wish I could buy ALL my plants from you. I'm just so pleased with how my two plants I bought from you have taken off. There wasn't a moment of doubt with either of them! They're healthy and the packaging job was the best I've seen!
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My order of 2 Salvia ringens, one semiatrata arrived at the time I had specified in great shape with very little damage from shipping. The minor damage was to the large amount of foliage the plants have. All were in bud and ready to bloom in a few days! As with my previous orders from FbtS, the roots were well developed and I potted them up into 1 gallon pots. A month later the roots at pot bottom and planted them out to our plant zoo yard in San Jose. The only suggestion find a substitute for the Styrofoam \"peanuts\", perhaps shaving. Shavings can be used a mulch, or composed. It is great to be able the specify a shipping date, too. All in all it's the best place to get Salvias and companion plants, sound information and ideas, for my money. Cheers, Richard T.
After our former pest control company stepped on our Salvia Buchananii, we spent weeks looking for a replacement. No local retailer or wholesaler could find anything. I finally stumbled on FBTS but I was concerned that they only had 4\" pots. My experience with that size is they are so small that the roots don't make it over a wet winter or hot summer. To my surprise, the 4\" plants from FBTS are bigger than most 1 gallon plants. The Salvia has been in the ground now a month or so and is blooming like crazy even though it is November.
I received an invitation to comment on the salvia arizonica that I planted this fall. Normally, I decline opportunities to review products or services. FBTS is different. The salvia arizonica , salvia ultraviolet, salvia pozo blue, Furman's salvia greggii, salvia marine blue, and salvia darcyi were all received in excellent condition in the Texas panhandle through the brutal 2016 summer and the still warm fall. I was raised in a different time, place, and culture in the rural south where folks tended large gardens. My childhood chores included taking care of a quarter acre vegetable garden and a two acre yard which included 2 flower gardens. I never intended to become a Medicare aged gardener, but somehow am driven to make my yard bloom in spite of desiccating winds, suffocating heat, and caliche. All with little water and spectacular color that celebrates my Lord's creative work. So, I have used big box stores, local nurseries, distant specialty nurseries (bought my Birmingham palms in Oklahoma, etc.) and internet vendors. FBTS is the best. I don't understand how they grow, package, and ship plants so that they arrive in prime condition. In a previous career, I studied mathematics and I am sure that eventually I will buy a plant that does not look very good upon arrival, but I am still waiting for the first statistical outlier. The plant selection is without parallel. The shady strip behind the fence on the south side of the property? I had no clue that the Guadalupe Mountain canyons harbored salvia arizonica. The partly shaded understory beneath the row of Ketlar junipers can grow a big salvia tolerant to zone 5?????? Yes, salvia darcyi will flourish in partial shade. The hell strip by the sidewalk on the south side? Salvia ultraviolet will grow there, although I lost some in mid summer with blowing winds and temperatures over 100 degrees every day. Had a phone call one day and FBTS asked if they could delay shipment of plants due to the terrible weather. I remain stunned that somebody called me and helped me kill fewer plants. I work out of town most days of the week, and often neglect plant babies. Then I bought the salvia book by Betsy Clebsch and learned a little. FBTS has a vision and passion for plants and especially salvia. They have a quality product at a reasonable price. They have an incredible selection. They have solid customer service. I do have one quibble. I wish that salvia figueroa were available as the most cold tolerant salvia leucophylla. I have a few special spots where such a large specimen would be a joy. But this windblown and dry land requires more cold tolerance that the USDA zone classification suggests. But there are probably not very many customers on the Texas high plains who are trying to plant California gray sage. Congratulations for a job well done. Charles Hughes MD
We love our flower. They are doing great here in Oklahoma. Thank you so much for all your help.
We were very happy with the plants we ordered. We followed yoyr instructions and the plants are doing well
Everything arrived healthy. I like that the long blades of my kniphofia were wrapped in paper to protect them. The prices are good, so that even with the cost of shipping them across the country it was a little cheaper than some other places.
Having a blast learning about salvias, reviewing, ordering and planting. Being recently retired, Flowers by The Sea has been a great source for the plants and keeps me out of the house... Thank you FBTS... Richard
The Salvia I ordered came in great shape, the size of the plants were large too. They are doing very well in new pots and I'll continue growing them in my green house for the winter. Love the rare salvias FBTS offers. Thank you.
My neighbor alerted me to this nursery in California that had salvias ideal for southeast Arizona. The plants arrived in slightly larger than normal tubes but the plants were gallon size in terms of their growth with some pushing 2 feet. I ordered hard to find more frost hardy pine forest salvias with hopes they will take the 20s down here. Plants were well packed and arrived 2 days after being shipped. I ordered in August for a delivery in early October to escape shipment during summer heat and all worked out well. A+ on all accounts.
I have made and received 2 orders from FBTS and have been very pleased. They have been nice, big plants and have adapted to the Oklahoma weather nicely. The last shipment was made when the weather was hot and the salvia plants looked liked they would rather have stayed in California but I planted them out quickly and they look very happy now. You can be sure I would not hesitate to order again.
I've just received my first order from Flowers by the Sea and am so impressed with the size of the plants, their vitality and \"bushiess\" for small, 4 inch potted plants. The packaging was also impressive, and the directions for giving the plants a good start were very helpful. I will be buying more!
We love our flower. They are doing great here in Oklahoma. Thank you so much for all your help.
I have neglected to say thank you for offering such a wonderful plant as the \"Salvia Amistad\". I ordered two of these last spring and and my hummers (hummingbirds) fight over them non - stop. Here we are almost at October and in Michigan that means those little jewels will be a memory soon. So I am already making plans for the butterfly / hummer garden next spring and at the top of the list are these Salvias. With all of that said I also need to commend Flowers by the Sea for their web site and the first class service they provide. All of my plants came in perfect condition, and folks thats a long trip from California to Michigan. I am already searching your web site for additions to the garden for next year. You BETTER have my favorite Salvia Amistad. Thank you for all that you do and the great service. You exceeded my expectations and thats a hard thing to do.
The plants arrive in great condition and have started growing without any problems. The whole experience was very favorable. I highly recommend them.
The plants that Vicki and Kermit sent are amazing in their size and health! The shipping costs are high, and there must be a way to change the packaging. Still, if you want plants that are not available elsewhere, then you get the best from the Carters. Dave Sherron in Houston
Plants arrived in good condition Dug hole and planted salvias. Weeks later had new flowers on them Seem to be thriving. Will be anxious to see how they look next year Will definitely order more plants.