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.

Carol Pope's compact but bountiful kitchen container garden. (All photos by Carol Pope)

9 fabulous edibles for kitchen garden

Carol Pope

From the cluster of terracotta pots in her container kitchen garden, Carol Pope picks herbs, strawberries, blueberries, currants, and even figs and apples.

'Caradonna' salvia (Photo courtesy of How Sweet It Is,

Attention-getting ‘Caradonna’ perennial sage

Judith Adam

‘Caradonna’ has Intensely dark violet-blue spikes on ‘Caradonna’ highlighted with a slight copper inflorescence at the base of each flower.