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Ask Mr. Sage

Ask Mr. Sage is our new question-and-answer feature. It is based on topics raised in calls and emails we receive at Flowers by the Sea. Questions cover a broad range of topics concerning sages (Salvia spp.), companion plants and general gardening topics. When you have a particularly helpful question and we have an answer, then Mr. Sage speaks!




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Ask Mr. Sage: How to Select Plants for Garden Triumph

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Select Plants for Garden Triumph


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 19, 2017 04:03 PM
Synopsis: Planning for Salvia garden success requires following the rule of selecting the right plant for the right place. Desert sages aren't appropriate for the damp Southeast. Moisture-loving ones aren't right for desert climates where they need lots of watering to survive. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery offers tips for selecting plants based on local climate. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog.
Ask Mr. Sage: How Should I Prune my Salvias?

Ask Mr. Sage: How Should I Prune my Salvias?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Apr 10, 2017 06:46 PM
Synopsis: 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.
Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Offer Free Shipping?

Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Offer Free Shipping?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Mar 4, 2017 10:09 AM
Synopsis: Like free lunches, free shipping is a myth. Flowers by the Sea doesn't offer free shipping, because it would require increasing plant prices to cover the cost of shipping. Read more to learn how FBTS sets fair shipping prices. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and notes from customers.
Ask Mr. Sage: Best Time to Plant Drought Resistant CA Natives

Ask Mr. Sage: Best Time to Plant Drought Resistant CA Natives


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Sep 8, 2016 06:19 PM
Synopsis: 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.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Shipping in Boxes Like for Salvias?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Shipping in Boxes Like for Salvias?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Jul 19, 2016 07:15 PM
Synopsis: It's understandable to worry about the condition of plants following shipment in a box. However, Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery is exceedingly careful to make sure your plants arrive in healthy condition. A satisfied customer sent us the photos in this article. Step by step, they illustrate the process of unpacking and hardening off FBTS plants received by 3-day ground delivery more than 1200 miles away from our Northern California farm.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Withering My Native Salvia?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Withering My Native Salvia?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Apr 19, 2016 07:04 PM
Synopsis: A California native sage that looks like it is suffering from drought may actually have root disease caused by a water mold called Phytophthora. Natives are affected by types of this pathogen that strike when soil is moist and temperatures are hot. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and emails from customers.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Salvias Grow Well in Containers?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Salvias Grow Well in Containers?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 18, 2015 09:40 AM
Synopsis: What kinds of Salvias are good choices for potting? Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of our Everything Salvias Blog, says the answer is many. In this post, Mr. Sage suggests some surprising combinations for potting and explains how to navigate the Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery catalog to find Salvias and companion plants appropriate for container gardening.
Ask Mr. Sage: How FBTS Chooses New Salvias

Ask Mr. Sage: How FBTS Chooses New Salvias


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 8, 2015 12:08 PM
Synopsis: Some Salvia collectors want to obtain a broad range of sages including all the new introductions on the market. But Flowers by the Sea can't and doesn't want to grow all the new cultivars available, partly because there is a growing abundance of Salvia introductions. Instead, FBTS focuses on selecting the most superior new plants even when introducing its own hybrids in its series of Rainbow Jame Sages. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature based on calls and emails received by FBTS.
Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Average Watering?

Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Average Watering?


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Aug 6, 2015 04:15 PM
Synopsis: Confusion about watering of plants is understandable, because moisture needs vary so much from one species to another. It also varies based on your local growing conditions. Ask Mr. Sage, a regular feature of the Everything Salvias blog at Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery, explains the differences between the labels drought resistant, average water and water loving classifications for estimating water needs. Some FBTS average water plants also grow well in dry or damp settings.
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Choose Plants for Microclimates

Ask Mr. Sage: How to Choose Plants for Microclimates


Category: Ask Mr. Sage
Posted: Nov 28, 2014 06:28 PM
Synopsis: Even in a small yard, you can have more than one climate. These variations are called microclimates. This article talks about how airflow may create microclimates in the yard, such as chilly areas near fences. It suggests ways to troubleshoot these problem areas and to make the best planting choices for them. Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives from customers.