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.

Hellebores grow well in dry, shady gardens. (Photo by Joanne Young)

8 plants for dry and shady gardens

Stephen Westcott-Gratton

Gardening in full shade and dry soil is a challenge. Tips on how to cope, with ideas for 8 plants that will survive in dry and shady gardens.

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.

Mini Cascade Pink ivy geranium. (Photo from

Ivy geraniums for containers

Judith Adam

Ideal for containers and window boxes, ivy geraniums will be happy to bloom all summer in part shade to full sun with attractive flowers and foliage.

Periwinkle: too much of a good thing

Judith Adam

There’s a roiling ocean of broadleaf evergreen periwinkle in the front garden, benefiting from good light and frequent irrigation.