The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden
Showcases 150 of the most beautiful, gardenworthy species. Salvia is derived from the Latin word salvare, "to heal," and for centuries salvias have been valued for their medicinal and culinary qualities. Salvias, commonly known as sages, grow throughout the world. They occur in many forms: perennial, biennial, annual herbs, and evergreen or deciduous shrubs. These amazingly varied plants are also noteworthy for their remarkable resistance to pests and diseases, their drought tolerance— and their beautiful flowers. In The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden, Betsy Clebsh highlights 150 beautiful, gardenworthy species and significant hybrids. She documents them alphabetically and includes botanical descriptions, information on habit, blooming cycle, recommended companion plants, and delightful historical tidbits of discovery and usage. In her ardent pursuit of salvias, Clebsch has explored the wild to collect plants and seeds to test in her garden. The resulting wealth of cultural information in The New Book of Salvias ensures that our gardens will not only be exquisitely aromatic but also wonderfully picturesque.
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The most accessible book on Salvias yet available. Betsy describes over 350 species, selections and hybrids, with color photos accompanying most. Valuable information in the appendix include lists for time of year which species bloom, what species by lower color, sun/shade tolerant, humidity, etc. She often list complementary plants for color or foliage in the garden. I have had my copy since it came out in 2003 and use often when selecting a new salvia.
Richard T., San Jose