Gardeners need to consider many factors when combining plants in borders, flowerbeds and containers. These characteristics include differing sizes and foliage textures as well as varying needs for sun, moisture and soil fertility. One major consideration is color: What looks harmonious together? What whispers in the landscape? What shouts?
To help you cultivate pleasingly colorful gardens, Flowers by the Sea provides useful content on the subject in our Everything Salvias blog. We cover topics including:
How light and growing conditions affect color
What colors attract hummingbirds and other pollinators
Which Salvias to mix for peaceful, pastel gardens
Why it's fun to apply the Pantone color system to garden design and
What choices are available for adding specific colors to your yard.
You'll find a rainbow of ideas for cultivating color in the FBTS catalog and blog.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Aug 4, 2017 06:15 PM Synopsis: Moon gardens contain plants with pale flowers -- especially whites -- and silvery or variegated foliage that shine in moonlight. Some gardeners plant them to glow from afar when peering into the dark through a window. Others design these gardens for nighttime rambles. A number of white-flowered sages would be excellent additions to the dreamy design of a moon garden.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Aug 11, 2015 09:52 AM Synopsis: Not everyone who lives in a dry climate wants a cactus garden. And not all cottage gardens are filled with pansies and peonies. Flowers by the Sea highlights ten tough perennial Salvias in pastels for low-water cottage gardens. The palette of drought-resistant choices includes sages with blue, lavender, peach, pink and yellow flowers for a soothing touch in your landscape.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Apr 25, 2015 01:16 PM Synopsis: Have we got tools for you! No, we aren't selling Ginzu clippers, rust-free shovels, a miraculous compost-in-minutes machine or anything requiring payments. We're talking about a set of color tools for accurately visualizing and comparing the floral and foliage colors of Salvias. As you wander through the riot of hues in our online catalog at Flowers by the Sea, these tools aid plant selection and landscape planning. Beginning in fall 2014, we began identifying the colors of all FBTS plants based on the internationally standardized color system published by the U.K.'s Royal Horticultural Society. This improves descriptions of plant colors and makes color comparisons of plants easier for garden design.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Mar 26, 2015 07:28 PM Synopsis: Forget all the mournful music telling you that blue is the color of sadness. In a Salvia garden filled with hot colors, true blue is a peacemaker -- a reliable harmonizer that commands peace in the garden. This article talks a tiny bit about football, Madonna and the chemistry of true blue flowers. Then it offers a lot of true blue sages for gardens coast to coast from our Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery catalog.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 4, 2015 04:27 PM Synopsis: Pantone color corporation's 2015 spring designer colors can inspire garden design, including the company's color of the year -- a red-brown shade of the wine called Marsala. FBTS suggests 15 plants in seven combinations of Salvias and companion species, based on the 2015 Pantone Fashion Color Report, to help you shake up color in your landscape. We include water-loving choices as well as drought-resistant plants.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jan 3, 2015 10:52 AM Synopsis: Whether planned or accidental, hybrids happen. This is especially true among the closely related Southwestern and Mexican species of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla). They are native to different areas of the Southwest and Mexico, but cross freely when they meet. This story is the first installment in a two-part series initiating our Cultivating Color series. It involves North Carolina Salvia specialist Dr. Richard F. Dufresne, who has helped us track the history of warm-colored S. x jamensis hybrids in the Autumn/Mountain Sage group.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Nov 16, 2014 05:18 PM Synopsis: Luminous Salvia x jamensis pastel flowers began warming up nursery catalogs in the late 1990s. Their journey from steep Mexican mountains to American and European gardens began in the mid-19th century with the discovery of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii). This is the second post in a two-part article about these Jame Sage hybrids of Autumn and Mountain Sage (S. microphylla). It opens our new Cultivating Color series and is based, in part, on the experiences and insights of Salvia specialist Dr. Richard F. Dufresne. We conclude with descriptions of 10 favorite Jame Sages.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Sep 23, 2014 05:49 PM Synopsis: It isn't easy describing green in the garden. Foliage can span greens so pale they are almost white to blue-greens so deep they murmur the forest primeval. Amid this range, you'll find shimmering silver- and gray-leaf species. To locate these types of Salvias and companion plants in the Flowers by the Sea catalog, please visit our new Gray and Silver Leaf Plants category in our catalog menu at the top of every page on our website. This article includes a small sampler of our selection.
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: Jun 7, 2013 07:51 AM Synopsis: Let there be light; let there be brightness. Yellows and oranges are cheerful colors to combine in a grouping of perennials. Pantone's spring 2013 designer colors -- golden yellow Lemon Zest 13-0756 and its hot orange Nectarine 16-1360 -- are fun colors to match to sages (Salvia spp.) that can turn up the light in a garden whether sunny or shady. Two groupings for sunny or shady gardens are offered
Category:Cultivating Color Posted: May 27, 2013 03:55 PM Synopsis: Here's a tip for Oz's Wicked Witch of the West: Pantone's spring 2013 Poppy Red is a designer color that won't make anyone sleep. It's a bright, wake-up call that is often found in the scarlet blossoms of many sages (Salvia spp.). We offer five eye-popping suggestions here for matching the Pantone Corporation's Poppy Red 17-1664.
Thanks for the fast service, and the very healthy plants. I've had them about a month now and they are doing very well. I sat outside for awhile yesterday and a hummingbird flew into my little flower garden, straight to the 7-up plant I got from you. She went from flower to flower all over that plant then few off again. I was just thrilled. Love hummers!
Just wanted to say that the plants offered from Flowers By The Sea are "top shelf" material.As a former professional Grower of over 30 years, I can attest to their quality.Not only quality but the size of their 3.5 inch plants that they ship simply amazes me.I have ordered from several websites over the years... and I must say, that FBTS offers the largest sized plants that I have ev...
— Al Robinson
I've been gardening for hummingbirds for the past 30+ years. Since my needs are so specific (and I live in an area where most of the best hummer attractants do not), I've used mail order suppliers almost exclusively. My choices have worked over the years - especially in 2005 when we were visited (in Michigan) by a White-eared Hummingbird. Prior to that, the furthest east one had ever been seen ...
— Melissa Pappas
I was extremely impressed by the quality and condition of the plants that I received shipped from Flowers by the Sea. They were very carefully wrapped, the soil was moist and they were in impeccable condition. I would definitely order from them again!
— Claire Dudan
gorgeous large plants packed extremely well for cross country shipping they are very healthy and perky, ready to plant buds appeared the following week. now they are already blooming. they are so full they look as if they've been in the garden since spring!
I love the salvia's that I received! They were beautiful, healthy and in-bloom. I will buy more in the future.
I ordered black and blue back in April and was exceptionally pleased with the plants and the care taken in the packaging. The plants are thriving here in eastern NC and the hummingbirds love them. Thanks and I will keep you in mind next spring or maybe sooner.
I have now had gardens in four locations (Boston, Oregon, Palm Springs, and Mountain Center, CA) with plants from Flowers by the Sea. I LOVE Salvias, and there is no one I'd rather buy them from.Plants are shipped well, and in a timely fashion, always surprisingly large and always well-rooted, healthy specimens. The owners are knowledgeable and helpful, in fact, extraordinarily so. FBTS i...
— Nora Williams
I have been ordering plants from Flowers by The Sea for three years. I have received over 200 plants in that period, and they have always been healthy, clean, great looking plants. I usually get my plants on Tuesday and each Tuesday it feels like Christmas. Opening the carefully packed box and unwrapping each plant, I feel like a kid, getting just what I wanted and expected. After you put th...
— David Holland
FBTS provides detailed plant descriptions making selection decisions easy. The site is well organized so that selection can be made using categories to choose plants that fit your garden/habitat needs. Good healthy plants with strong roots. Good shipping practices. Plants arrived in excellent condition. Many difficult to find varieties can be found here. The hummingbirds, bees and I are very ha...