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Positive Saknussemm
(1 review)
On Nov 27, 2018, Saknussemm Ghent, NY wrote:

I've been buying plants from FBTS for a few years now and have always had an excellent experience.
The selection of salvias is unmatched. The website is loaded with useful, pertinent information. When I reached out to them with questions I received a long, thoughtful and well informed answer from Kermitt. Shipping has always been excellent, plants always healthy and with an excellent root system. They've always performed superbly in the garden or the container. Definitely, my go to place for salvias.

Positive Adrienneny
(5 reviews)
On Aug 8, 2016, Adrienneny New Jersey 6b, NJ wrote:

Posted on May 13, 2016, updated August 8, 2016
Flowers By The Sea provides such robust, incredibly healthy plants that we rarely shop elsewhere for salvias. Every plant ever purchased from FBTS has flourished in our hummingbird garden and even survived our winters. Besides having a selection of hard to find plants, their website allows navigation by flower color, culture, zone plus interesting and accurate information about plant history and care. I'm glad that good businesses like Flowers By The Sea exist and at worthwhile prices.

On August 8th, 2016, Adrienneny added the following:

We always have great experiences with Flowers By The Sea. The included plant markers last a long time too. That's especially helpful when nothing is recognizable after our long winters.
Positive sweetstripes
(3 reviews)
On May 17, 2016, sweetstripes Portland, OR wrote:

Great company with a fantastic selection of salvias! Hurray for me and my hummingbirds!

Positive wdasey
(1 review)
On Dec 16, 2015, wdasey Medford, NJ wrote:

My own interactions with FBS have been very positive with orders arriving on time and in good health. As a gardener from the east working at the very edge of hardiness for many western plants I have found their plant profiles extremely helpful when came to choosing what next to grow. I would recommend them to anyone like me who grows plants for their nectar, who wishes to feed hummingbirds and butterflies.

Positive kathijr
(1 review)
On Oct 27, 2015, kathijr Madison, WI wrote:

We have placed several large orders with Flowers By The Sea every season for at least the past five years. We garden for hummingbirds in the Upper Midwest and absolutely depend on their outstanding selection of salvias to create a hummingbird garden. Most of these plants are unavailable for sale locally or from other mail order nurseries. Since we have a large community hummingbird garden tour every September, maintain a website with photographs, and present programs about hummingbird gardening throughout our area, having these plants is absolutely essential to our work. We have developed a wonderful relationship with the staff of Flowers By the Sea and they send wonderful, healthy plants each season and give great advice. We certainly deal with challenging growing conditions and a short growing season and their plants arrive ready to grow and bloom quickly in our garden. We have always been very pleased with plant quality, shipping, packing and every other aspect of their operation. We are so impressed with the staff as people, their exciting and sometimes rare plant selection, and their wonderful website, which offers so much more than most online gardening company websites. They send us free plants to try too, and one of those became a hummingbird favorite and we plan to purchase it next season again. We have never once had a bad experience or a plant death in over five years of ordering from Flowers By The Sea. The plants grow beautifully either in a container or in the ground. While shipping costs can sometimes be a little steep if you live in the East or Midwest, getting these beautiful and difficult to find plants (sometimes they are even blooming as we unpack them!) is definitely worth it. I think I can speak for myself and many people on The Hummingbird Forum----our world of hummingbird gardening has been transformed with this quality plant nursery, Flowers By The Sea.

Positive Farmerdave2
(1 review)
On Oct 27, 2015, Farmerdave2 Morgan Hill, CA wrote:

I have been ordering plants from Flowers By The Sea for four years and have 250 different varieties. I have never received a plant that was not healthy. Plants have not been damaged as they were carefully wrapped in newspaper and packed in Styrofoam, which can be recycled at a UPS store. Some are root bound but very quickly grow to a nice plant when repotted or put in the ground.

The price of the plants is no greater than any other supplier for the quality you get. Where else can you find the vast variety of plants that they supply. Questions you may have are quickly answered in a way that is easily understood.

I highly recommend Flowers By The Sea.

Positive utahxericman
(3 reviews)
On Aug 6, 2015, utahxericman Provo, UT wrote:

I ordered 12 plants from FBTS. They were well packaged and recieved minimal damage from shipping, the plants looked vigerous and should grow well. The roots were well established in their 4 inch pots. Ordered some hard to find plants form them. I am pleased with my order, and thanks for the free Lobelia, it will go nice with the other 3 that I ordered from you. I will most likely order from you again, Waiting on the Kniphofia's to get back in stock. Love their website full of information on Salvias and other gardening advice!

Positive Blackbelt_Lizzy
(29 reviews)
On Jun 6, 2015, Blackbelt_Lizzy La Grange Park, IL wrote:

I ordered plants based on recent reviews. Wonderful collection of salvias and companion plants. I received my order within a week from ordering. I was thrilled by the large size and superb quality of the plants!! Will definitely order again in the near future.

Positive Lovehum
(11 reviews)
On May 26, 2015, Lovehum wrote:

TOP NOTCH. Large, healthy plants. Excellent packaging.

Positive garden6newbie
(1 review)
On Jul 31, 2014, garden6newbie San Francisco, CA wrote:

Great plants and excellent customer service.

Positive CindyZ4_5
(10 reviews)
On May 3, 2014, CindyZ4_5 Turner, ME wrote:

This was my second order from FBTS and I couldn't be happier. The plants are large and healthy and the packaging was excellent. Prices were reasonable, communication was top notch and shipping was prompt. Couldn't ask for more!

Positive plantloverkat
(2 reviews)
On Apr 17, 2014, plantloverkat Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I am very pleased with the plants I received from Flowers By the Sea several weeks ago. Most of the plants were much larger than I expected them to be, and all arrived looking quite healthy. I found their website to be helpful in selecting plants that are best suited to my climate. I will definitely order from them again.

Positive bryana
(72 reviews)
On May 9, 2013, bryana Albany, NY wrote:

I ordered 9 plants - mostly salvia that attract hummingbirds - they were all very large healthy plants despite a cross country trip from California to New York.
The plants had great root systems and were package with care.
One of the best mail order plant company I have experienced.

Positive Marilynbeth
(33 reviews)
On May 3, 2013, Marilynbeth Hebron, KY wrote:

Posted on June 19, 2011, updated May 3, 2013
Just found out about them this year and so glad I did!

Love, love, love their selections of Salvias and that's what I ordered! My order consisted of approx. 6 Salvias and I received a bonus gift of another Salvia! Very happy with my order and the speed of delivery!

First time ordering, but won't be my last!

On May 3rd, 2013, Marilynbeth added the following:

Today, I received a Huge box (my third order) of 21 Salvias! All were packed very well! All were in great condition!

This is the place to get your Salvias!
Positive vossner
(116 reviews)
On Feb 24, 2013, vossner East Texas,
United States (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am extremely impressed with this nursery. In recent years I have stayed away from CA vendors as I have learned the $$$hard way that not all zone 9s are the same and many of the CA purchases have succumbed to the unforgiving TX heat.

Enter FBTS. Their plant descriptions are so detailed, that it helps any gardener, beginner to advanced, to make more informed selections. I especially like their website. Their plants are organized by several categories--color, use, cultural needs, etc. I wish ALL nurseries had their catalog in this format. Prices are reasonable, including shipping.

I got salvias that I could not readily find locally. Ck them out.

Positive bibbykitty
(41 reviews)
On Jun 27, 2011, bibbykitty San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Posted on June 27, 2011, updated June 27, 2011
Posted on June 27, 2011, updated June 27, 2011
Posted on June 1, 2011, updated June 27, 2011
I received my plants late yesterday evening, even after being in a box for seven days they look good. My fault it took so long, I opted for fed ex ground... Won't do that again!
The plants are all very large, the only small one was Lanceolata, which I believe is a smaller sage. I am pleased with these plants, and I have already placed a second order.

I would highly recommend Flowers By The Sea. They have a wonderful selection. I will definately look here first when wanting to add more salvias.


On June 27th, 2011, bibbykitty added the following:

I love Flowers By The Sea! If you are looking for salvias look here first.

I have received 14 plants from here. They have all been outstanding and are growing wonderfully.

I highly recommend their plants.

On June 27th, 2011, bibbykitty added the following:

I love Flowers By The Sea! If you are looking for salvias look here first.

I have received 14 plants from here. They have all been outstanding and are growing wonderfully.

I highly recommend their plants.

On June 27th, 2011, bibbykitty added the following:

I love Flowers By The Sea! If you are looking for salvias look here first.

I have received 14 plants from here. They have all been outstanding and are growing wonderfully.

I highly recommend their plants.

Positive syclone5
(5 reviews)
On May 28, 2011, syclone5 Salt Lake City, UT wrote:

My plants arrived in perfect condition. Healthy, well branched, and happy, as I am with this fine company.

Positive hummer10
(3 reviews)
On Apr 24, 2011, hummer10 Shawnee Mission, KS wrote:

Good healthy plants with strong roots. Good source for plants in the salvia family.

Positive Steveklein
(2 reviews)
On May 13, 2010, Steveklein Ocala, FL wrote:

Like other Dave's recommended suppliers, Flowers by the Sea grows quality, well-established plants; definitely worth the money in my opinion. A couple of my plants were damaged because of a late-season shipment, due to heat exposure in the box; UPS. The supplier shipped replacement plants via Express Saver (Federal Express) at no charge. For those of us living in the south (especially late season) I would recommend arranging to pay a little higher shipping rate in order to assure quick delivery via Priority Mail, Express Saver or some other dependable means.

Positive NoNora
(7 reviews)
On May 31, 2009, NoNora Roslindale, MA wrote:

I love these guys! Don't be fooled by the limited selection on their website. They have a much more extensive listing they are working to get online and happily worked with me to put together an extraordinary selection of salvia I was looking for. So, for anything they carry, do ASK if they have something additional you should be looking at. And if you have questions about a variety they carry, they have great info and are happy to provide it. They really helped me sculpt my garden plans. There were some small communication and shipping issues, but the company was quick to respond and I am a very happy customer. Already placed my second order! Will return!

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