Synopses & Reviews
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.
"If anyone might be called 'the salvia lady,' it's Betsy Clebsch."San Diego Union-Tribune
"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 Pacific Horticulture
"Betsy Clebsch displays once again her experience with and extensive knowledge of this useful and diverse genus."
—Judy Mielke, American Gardener, September/October 2003 American Gardener
"[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
With the addition of 50 new species plus 100 new photos and illustrations, this book is an even better guide to salvias than Clebsch's first version.
About 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.