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The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden

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By: Betsy Clebsch

344 pages, 149 Col photos, 9 col illus, 74 b/w illus

Timber Press

Paperback | Jun 2008 | #173580 | ISBN-13: 9780881929133
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Hardback | Apr 2003 | #137824 | ISBN: 0881925608
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About this book

Salvias, commonly known as sages, grow throughout temperate and subtropical parts of the world, from sea level to altitudes of more than 11,000 feet (3400 meters). 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.

Betsy Clebsch's expanded edition on salvias, The New Book of Salvias: Sages for Every Garden is now in paperback. Betsy has added more than 50 new species and cultivars such as Salvia castanea and S. recurva, bringing the total to approximately 150 beautiful, garden-worthy 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. Nearly 100 new photos and illustrations make this new edition even more attractive than its predecessor. In her ardent pursuit of salvias, Clebsch has explored the wild to collect plants and seeds to test in her California garden.

Clebsch is the Salvia Queen... If you love salvias, this is the book for you. -- Mary Ann Gwinn Seattle Times 20030409 Gives fine descriptions of all plants in the genus that you could wish... Well illustrated with as many color illustrations as necessary. -- John E. Bryan Gardening Newsletter 20030507 What many consider to be the bible on the subject... The second edition surpasses the already high standards set by the first. -- Chris Meyer Southern California Horticultural Society Newsletter 20030624 Offers fascinating information about Salvias and how to use them in the garden. -- Jean Starr Munster (IN) Times 20030624 With the addition of more than 50 new species and nearly 100 new photographs and illustrations, this book surpasses Clebsch's first on salvias. Garden Design 20030903 It's impossible to do justice to these impressive plants in a short article. If you're really into salvias, read The New Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch. -- John Van de Water Newark Star-Ledger 20030821 Heiser treats us with another gem. -- Rudolf Schmid Taxon 20030515 In The New Book of Salvias, Betsy Clebsch, a noted amateur botanist and horticulturist who gardens in northern California, displays once again her experience with and extensive knowledge of this useful and diverse genus ... the author's expertise in growing salvias shines through. -- Judy Mielke American Gardener 20030906 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 20031009 Anyone who has enjoyed and used the first book will want to update their library with this new edition. -- R. Cox California Garden 20031009 This revision includes more than 50 new entries, as well as many new photos and illustrations. -- Paula Refi Perennial Notes 20031201 From using native plants in new ways to locating nurseries and designing a native garden, this is packed with fine material. Library Bookwatch 20031102 An expanded edition of Betsy's first wonderful book on salvias, describing more than 50 new species and cultivars and how to use them in your garden. University of California Botanical Garden Newsletter 20040609 The book offers anything and everything one might need to know about salvia. -- Marlene Feduris Amarillo Globe-News 20040826 Her ideas on plant companions and instructions on propagation should prove very valuable to salvia lovers. -- Nancy Brachey Charlotte Observer 20030628 As soon as the first edition was released, it became the classic salvia reference book. The new edition is even better, with more photographs, beautiful illustrations, and the inclusion of 50 more plants. -- Amy Stewart North Coast Journal 20030417 The book is well written and includes valuable cultural information, botanical drawings and color photographs. -- Jeneen Wiche Shelbyville Sentinel-News 20050131 Clebsch's book could make a salvia collector out of almost any ... flower lover. ... There is plenty of information about the conditions each plant needs to succeed. -- Molly Day Muskogee Phoenix 20060601


Description of plants; where to see salvias; where to buy salvias; flowering guide by season; cold tolerance guide; shade tolerance guide; salvias for a hot and humid climate; water-wise salvias; salvias with especially handsome foliage; salvias for containers; color designations of unusual flower or foliage color; geographical origin of salvia species.

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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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