Growing a variety of edibles is one of the many joys of gardening. (Photo by Joanne Young)

How to plan a vegetable garden

Sharon Hanna

Whether you’re new to gardening or already have green thumbs, here’s a quick guide to take you from planning to planting, and get you started on an excellent veggie adventure.

Empress clematis (Photo by Brendan Zwelling)

White flowers beat the heat

Judith Adam

White flowers seem to flourish in the extreme heat (provided they have sufficient water). ‘Marie Boisselot’ clematis is spectacular, smothered with five-inch (13-cm) gleaming white flowers, unphased by heat or drought.

'Caradonna' salvia (Photo courtesy of How Sweet It Is, howsweetproduce.com)

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.