Ms. Clebsch has a passion for Salvias. Her first edition of The New Book of Salvias was a welcome tool for those interested in this genus and this edition is made even better with the addition of more color photos and about 50 more plant descriptions waiting to be explored within the book's  344 pages. 

But, this is much more than your typically dry tome about one plant after another. It is the telling of a story. While all the encyclopedic information is there, it is what is interwoven with the facts that makes this a valuable and treasured book. The accounts of Ms. Clebsch's experiences, preferences, and observations are priceless. Recommendations like planting Salvia victoria with red lettuce, purple basil and Salvia argentea in a large tub reveal her gardener's status.

Also enjoyable are her forays into research concerning the names, origins, and, often, the confusion that surrounds many Salvia species. And, if you like lists, then be sure to visit the rear of the book for guides on flowering by season; suitable Salvia selections for containers; saving water; and shade, cold, and humidity tolerance. Ms. Clebsch may garden off the coast of Northern California, but she has written a book we can all use, learn from, and enjoy.

The New Book 
of Salvias

By Betsy Clebsch
300 pages 
April 2003

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