Annotated Bibliography

Clebsch, Betsy. 1997.

A Book of Salvias. Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.

One of our favorite garden books. If you only have room for one Saliva reference book, this is the one for your garden library. Useful information includes the native range of each salvia, its history in cultivation and companion planting ideas.

Compton, James, ed. 1992.

Salvia. In The New Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary of Gardening. Stockton Press. New York.

This Dictionary is the most up-to-date reference book for significant horticultural plants grown throughout the world. It's expensive but the four volumes are full of information.

Dufresne, Richard F. 1997.

Salvia Placard Handbook. Vol. 1. Self published. Greensboro, North Carolina.

Richard grows and sells a wide assortment of Salvias from his home in North Carolina. The handbook is a collection of information on 93 different Sages. See his web site at

Griffiths, Mark. 1994.

Index of Garden Plants. Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.

One of our most used horticultural reference books. When we want to find the most up-to-date and correct name of a plant, we look here. This Index is the condensed, affordable version of The New Royal Horticultural Society’s Dictionary of Gardening.

Hickman, James C., ed. 1993.

The Jepson Manual of Higher Plants of California. University of California Press. Berkeley.

The reference for California native plants. The new edition includes the Sunset Zones for the most commonly grown natives.

Hunt, Ginny. 1999.

Seedhunt Annual Seed List.

Ginny grows some of the most choice and unusual plants we have seen anywhere. Each year she puts out a seed list of unusual plants. Several of our salvias are from Seedhunt which can be contacted at

Navarez, Kathleen & Reig, Gail. 1999.

Cabrillo College Salvia Venue Book. Unpublished.

Our own reference binder that we use at the plant sale to answer questions and to show folks color photos of our plants. This work in progress is always trying to catch up to our every changing list of plants grown. In the future some of this info will be on our web site at:

Obrien, Bart. 1997.

Horticulture and Classification of the Section Audibertia of the Genus Salvia. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Occasional Publications. No. 2, Symposium Proceedings: Out of the Wild and Into the Garden II, California’s Horticulturally Significant Plants. March 9-11, 1995. Pgs. 136-149.

Rosendale, Lisa & Jeff. 1999-2000.

Rosendale Nursery Catalog. Self published.

One of our favorite nursery catalogs with lots of easy-to-find, useful information. Available at Sierra Azul Nursery, Watsonville, California.

Sutton, John. 1999.

The Gardener’s Guide to Growing Salvias. Timber Press. Portland, Oregon.

The newest addition to our Salvia library featuring several good pictures and information especially centered around hardy, herbaceous perennials grown in Europe.

Templeton, Sue. 1997.

Unlimited Perennials Plant List.

Sue has the national collection of Salvias in Lavington, NSW, Australia plus her own nursery. We thoroughly enjoyed her visit last summer. See her web site at

Yeo, Christine. 1995.

Salvias. Christine Yeo. Pleasant View Nursery.

A great little illustrated pamphlet with notes on how to grow Salvias in England.

Yeo, Christine. 1997.

Salvias II. Christine Yeo. Pleasant View Nursery.

The newest illustrated pamphlet from the proprietor of the national collection of Salvias in Great Britain.