Salvias are rewarding due to their rainbow of floral colors, long bloom times, fragrant foliage and -- in most cases -- ease of care. Yet there are approximately 900 species in this huge mint family (Lamiaceae) genus, and Flowers by the Sea sells hundreds of types. How are you supposed to make choices if you are new to gardening or to the genus? Answer: We're here to lower your learning curve. One way we do this is by providing helpful blog articles, including our Getting Started with Salvias series.
Some of the Salvias in our online catalog are original species that are native to homelands throughout the world; others are hybrids that have occurred naturally or were created on purpose by professional growers. Most are easily adaptable to American gardens. Although many prefer little watering and almost no fertilizer, there are species that revel in rich soil and plenty of moisture.
Getting Started articles cover the basics of Salvia gardening and lead to more in-depth content in our Everything Salvias blog. They cover topics ranging from what Salvias are to which ones to select for your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone or region of the country. We even explain how to find what you need online at FBTS, whether Salvias or companion plants.
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Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 23, 2017 07:53 AM Synopsis: High altitude, distance from large bodies of water and powerful chinook winds make the Rocky Mountain West a dry gardening environment even in years of higher than average rain and snow. The region's steep mountains have a major impact on where and how precipitation falls. Instead of a single mountain chain, the Rocky Mountains are made up of 100 separate ranges. Similarly, the Salvia genus contains a broad range of sages, many of which thrive in the climactic extremes of the Mountain West.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 23, 2016 08:28 AM Synopsis: Salvias are a broad range of true sages in the mint family that grow worldwide. They include shrubs, perennials, annuals and subshrubs, which share both shrub and perennial characteristics. Flowers by the Sea, an online, mail-order Salvia nursery sells hundreds of Salvias.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Feb 13, 2016 02:43 PM Synopsis: Severe winter chill and summer heat coupled with extreme humidity are challenges that gardeners face in the Midwest. Many Salvias are excellent choices as long-blooming annuals in the region while others -- ones that can withstand cold winters -- are reliable perennials. Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery explains the confusing Midwest boundaries from Ohio west to Kansas and North Dakota south to Missouri. It talks about the range of USDA Plant Hardiness Zones in the region and the kinds of sages that grow best there.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Sep 1, 2015 07:29 PM Synopsis: California's small, Mohave Desert city of Barstow averages about 5 inches of rain annually. Across the continent, Pensacola, Florida, has more than double Barstow's population and more than 12 times its amount of rainfall. Yet both cities are part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone 9 where you can plant perennials and shrubs that survive winter lows ranging from 20 to 30 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea takes readers on a triple coast road trip of Zone 9 and suggests plantings for varied growing conditions along the way.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Jul 7, 2015 01:22 PM Synopsis: Drought is a shortage of precipitation over a season or more as in California where four years of drastic declines in rainfall and snowpack have created severe watering cutbacks. Drought is also defined by what and whom it affects from agriculture to homeowners. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery explains drought and xeriscape, a water-conserving form of landscaping that is effective for gardening during drought and in dry climates. This article is part of the FBTS Getting Started series for gardeners becoming acquainted with Salvias (true sages). It includes a brief list of drought-resistant sages.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Jun 3, 2015 07:31 PM Synopsis: Ask anyone to describe the American Southwest, and they're likely to sum it up in three letters : "D-R-Y." Yet precipitation can vary a lot here state by state and even within different parts of the individual states. One thing that is consistent about the story of water throughout the Southwest, is that rain and snow can rapidly swing from famine to feast to misfortune.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: May 14, 2015 07:03 PM Synopsis: Rainfall often is heavy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 8. It swings in a deep, broad arc from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast and back up the East Coast to the northeast edge of Virginia. What all its diverse areas have in common climatically is an average low winter temperature of 10 degrees F. Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery discusses growing conditions and how to select Salvias for your part of Zone 8 whether wet or dry.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: May 2, 2015 12:44 PM Synopsis: True sages are members of the Salvia genus and number in the hundreds. They are native to a wide variety of environments worldwide, which is why some are ideal for the dry gardens of California and others can handle the abundant moisture of the American Southeast. Flowers by the Sea raises many sages that grow well in the Southeast, including some that are either native to the region or have jumped fences from gardens into the wild.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Apr 30, 2015 11:21 AM Synopsis: Some people think you only find sage and coyotes out West. But Canis latrans, the Eastern Coyote, slipped into New England in the 1930s, and who knows when all the sages arrived? The New England Wild Flower Society notes that Lyreleaf Sage (Salvia lyrata) is the region's only native sage. It's one among many Salvia species grown in the Botanic Garden of Smith College in Massachusetts, which has one of the largest collections of sage in the region. Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery raises hundreds of sages, including many northeastern favorites.
Category:Getting Started with Salvias Posted: Mar 20, 2015 08:04 AM Synopsis: Outside of its cities, the Mid-Atlantic can be described as an overwhelmingly green place. If you love the Mid-Atlantic, you revel in its verdant landscape. However, if you aren't reveling in the predictable planting choices you see in neighbor's yards, it may be time to expand your horizons by exploring the Salvia genus. Flowers by the Sea discusses the boundaries, USDA Plant Hardiness Zones and Salvia choices for the region.
When I first ordered these plants they were on back order. True to their word, the company sent me an email when they were available again. They arrived on the specified date in beautiful condition. The plants were healthy and ready to be planted....
I have ordered twice this season from Flowers By The Sea, and have received excellent plants and service.The salvias and cupheas I ordered were healthy and good sized. I do not mind paying shipping from California if the plants are worth it.What a selection of salvias! The "Big Swing" I bought in June is already three feet tall and is sending out spikes. A fine nursery with high standards.
— elizabeth sprague
Received my Salvia's Clevelandii Winnifred Gillman's today, they were very well packed and much bigger specimen's than I have received from other nurseries. Customer Service was very nice and I like the idea of having Ask Mr. Sage in case of any problems. Thanks so much for getting the Salvia Clevelandii out there, once you have inhaled the smell it haunts you forever. The most beautiful sm...
— Donna McKelvy
My "Summer Jewell Red" and "David Verity" Salvia arrived on time nice and moist (from CA to GA) and were in the containers on my deck within an hour. Hummingbirds on the Jewell Red Salvia within hours. Vigorous beautiful specimens and prompt arrival assured me that this is the "only way to go" in the future. Thanks for the personal service and beautiful plants.
— Stephen Wilks
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.
— Jerald Basham
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 m...
— Janis Proctor
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!
— Teresa Wagner
Thank you so much for the shipment of beautiful plants! Every plant in my large order made it to Florida in good shape, and after the recommended period of recovery, they are now flourishing! I am delighted to have these great new additions to my salvia collection, almost all of which are never available in local nurseries and garden centers. I also really appreciated the personal communica...
— Jill Reed
Plants were healthy, packaged very well and shipped on time. Fantastic selection of Salvias that promises to keep growing. Will continue to order from your site.
My plants were mailed on a Monday and arrived on Friday. They were all in very good shape. I let them rest for a couple of days before planting in order to acclimate to the outside conditions. They have all done very well and are starting to grow.
— John Nolan
I have ordered plants from FBTS for the last 4 years, 17 plants in spring 2014. They are the most impressive plants in health and size that I have received from any mail order company. These are not little cuttings, but rather large bushy plants, typically 8-10 or more inches tall, full of buds and sometimes already blooming. They take off when planted. The varieties are as described on the we...