The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Betsy Clebsch displays once again her experience with and extensive knowledge of this useful and diverse genus."
—Judy Mielke, American Gardener, September/October 2003

"If anyone might be called 'the salvia lady,' it's Betsy Clebsch."

San Diego Union-Tribune

"[Salvias are] in abundance at many garden centers now; however, I discovered from this book that there are medicinal, cold-tolerant, shade-tolerant and water-wise salvias, too."

Lexington Herald-Leader

Pacific Horticulture
"Betsy (Clebsch) has continued her research and documentation of this endlessly fascinating group of plants. The result is The New Book of Salvias — and a superior book it is ... but it is her engrossing story of each salvia that will inspire the reader to add just a few more to the garden."
Pacific Horticulture, Fall 2003
American Gardener
"Betsy Clebsch displays once again her experience with and extensive knowledge of this useful and diverse genus."

—Judy Mielke, American Gardener, September/October 2003

San Diego Union-Tribune

"If anyone might be called 'the salvia lady,' it's Betsy Clebsch."

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lexington Herald-Leader

"[Salvias are] in abundance at many garden centers now; however, I discovered from this book that there are medicinal, cold-tolerant, shade-tolerant and water-wise salvias, too."

Lexington Herald-Leader

Pacific Horticulture
"Betsy (Clebsch) has continued her research and documentation of this endlessly fascinating group of plants. The result is The New Book of Salvias — and a superior book it is ... but it is her engrossing story of each salvia that will inspire the reader to add just a few more to the garden."
Pacific Horticulture, Fall 2003
American Gardener
"Betsy Clebsch displays once again her experience with and extensive knowledge of this useful and diverse genus."

—Judy Mielke, American Gardener, September/October 2003

San Diego Union-Tribune
"If anyone might be called 'the salvia lady,' it's Betsy Clebsch."

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lexington Herald-Leader
"[Salvias are] in abundance at many garden centers now; however, I discovered from this book that there are medicinal, cold-tolerant, shade-tolerant and water-wise salvias, too."

Lexington Herald-Leader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604695106
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/15/2013
  • Pages: 346
  • Sales rank: 962,358
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Betsy Clebsch is a noted amateur botanist and horticulturist in Northern California, having made and tended five gardens in Virginia, Texas, and California. Clebsch has participated in a number of plant explorations and regularly exchanges seed and rare plants, particularly salvias, with many botanical gardens.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
A Note from the Author 11
Foreword to the Second Edition 13
Foreword to the First Edition 15
Introduction 17
Description of Plants 25
Where to See Salvias 309
Where to Buy Salvias 311
Flowering Guide by Season 314
Cold Tolerance Guide 317
Shade Tolerance Guide 318
Salvias for a Hot and Humid Climate 319
Water-wise Salvias 320
Salvias with Especially Handsome Foliage 321
Salvias for Containers 322
Color Designations of Unusual Flower or Foliage Color 323
Geographical Origin of Salvia Species 328
Bibliography 331
Index of Plant Names 335
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  • Posted November 6, 2013

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    For heaven's sake, do not buy this edition of Betsy Clebsch's wo

    For heaven's sake, do not buy this edition of Betsy Clebsch's work.  It is a ghastly product, amateurish.  Instead of stunning and rich photographs, the pictures look as if they were created by an inkjet printer, set on dark, using the worst quality paper.  The colors and details of the plants are indistinguishable.  A plant described as "sparkling blue" has barely a hint of blue on a background of mud brown.  It is shockingly bad.  I unfortunately ordered it and opened it past the return window.  I shall write to the publishers (who I see no longer publish or carry this book) to complain.  If they will not refund my money or assure me this is a mistake and send a new book, I will have to donate it or throw it away.  It is next to worthless, and I am  washed with  disappointment and disgust every time I have tried to look at even the text.

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