Myrtle is an easy topiary to maintain.

How to make an elegant topiary

Beckie Fox

A touch of formality is not out of place in most gardens. Trimmed cones and spheres of foliage — classic topiary — are especially suited to containers.

Tall blue salvia, coleus, double impatiens and English ivy. (Garden Making photo)

Perfect container plants

Beckie Fox

When shopping for container plants, it helps to have a list of favourites that you can always count on. Here are Beckie Fox's suggestions.

Cherry red ivy geraniums won’t shy away from intense sun and heat. (Photo by Garden Making)

6 container plants looking good in the heat

Beckie Fox

Container plants need to stand up to summer heat and humidity. Here are 6 container plants performing well for Garden Making Editor-in-Chief Beckie Fox.

'Wine Dipt' coleus grows well in bright shade. (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

Summer-to-winter coleus

Judith Adam

Traditional coleus can be grown from seed and thrive in part shade or dappled light. New sun-tolerant coleus hybrids are propagated from cuttings (and can’t be grown from seed), and are comfortable in full sun.