Creating the Perfect Garden

Most of us have yards with grass that we try to keep trimmed and dandelion free along with some flower pots and hangers so our home has some curb appeal. But, if you’re like most, you’d also love to have a backyard that’s infused with beauty and tranquility, but still has a purpose.

My ultimate goal would be to create an outdoor space where I can go and de-stress, meditate and enjoy the color and scents of delicate flowers and herbs. But, I need some landscaping ideas and how-to’s to get me started. I found a few books that set the tone for my ventures in creating a lush peaceful garden space.

Japan’s Master Gardens

Japanese gardens always emit a zen and harmonious ambience. They are artful oases with serene, restful and alluring features where we feel compelled to sit and soak in the blossom scents and tranquil vibe. They act as a refuge for man, animals and birds. They invite us to collect our thoughts and restore our spirit, our balance and our yin and yang energy in a very short time.

Even though living space is at a premium in Japan, they have become amazingly resourceful at creating attractive gardens in both confined and open areas. Japan’s Master Gardens book offers lessons on using your space and environment effectively for the best results. The book is broken into five chapters, A Sense of Nature, The Modular Garden, Landscape Gardens, Requisitioning Space and Healing Gardens.

The beautiful photography will not only give you ideas, they will inspire you to create your own tranquil space. They have used water, plants, rocks, stones, sand, statues and Mother Nature’s natural environment to design gardens unlike any other.

The Edible Herb Garden

Herb gardens are becoming very popular. Many have turned their backyards into an edible oasis with raised gardening plots for both vegetables and herbs. With the cost of fresh produce and the uncertainty of harsh chemicals, many want to make constructive use of the real estate and grow their own garden. The Edible Herb Garden book is like a user manual that will get you started and excited about growing your own food. It will show you how to design an edible culinary herb garden in containers, pots, planters and the ground. You’ll also learn how to grow herbs and harvest them properly.

The center of the book has an encyclopedia of culinary herbs from Angelica to Thyme along with colorful photos. They explain a little about each herb and share where and how to grow, tend and harvest them. Did you know cilantro is a hardier plant? It grows best in cooler weather and can tolerate a light frost? It’s a perfect herb to grow here in Canada and I love it’s detoxing benefits.

The rest of the book shares a plethora of herb recipes and blends, along with some meal recipes that go well with herbal infusions. I really enjoyed thumbing through the pages and learning which herbs I can grow in my small space. This book would be a great addition for newbie and skilled gardeners.

Disclaimer: I received product to facilitate a review. All opinions are my own, yours may differ.


  • I have a fairly large garden, would like to improve on it. These books would provide the knowledge

  • Love gardening! I am particularly interested in the herb garden book. (Japanese gardens are peaceful but food gardens…well…delicious!)

  • I have a green thumb with plants but designing a garden space is not my strong point.

  • We have been doing alot of renovations and need to fix up the outside. Some ideas and tips would be great!

  • I want to win because I love gardening. I am always trying to improve and perfect certain areas of my garden and I would love to hear any tips or suggestions that people have (ex. in books, magazines, internet…).

  • I would love to read this interesting herb book and add it to my collection of go-to gardening reads. I plant herbs every year but I don’t use them to the fullest of their potential. I want to learn about herbal remedies, blends, etc. My gardening books are my “coffee table” books. Used almost daily!

    GOOD LUCK everyone 🙂

  • My husband and I would like to build a little gnome garden in the back of our yard.

  • I’d love to win because I’m a huge gardener at my house and this would provide inspiration!

  • I love Japanese gardens but mostly I would LOVE to win The Edible Herb Garden book. I just put in some raised beds outside our back door and one area is strictly for herbs. The problem is I only have 6 I use on a regular basis. I would like to learn more about these amazing little plants and incorporate them more in our in our everyday meals. Thank you for another Great Giveaway 🙂

  • I would like to win this for my husband who would really take care of it better than I could.

  • This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I have an amazing back yard, but it is shady and needs LOTS of work. And I don’t know what to do with it.
    Because my back yard is shady I have planted my herbs etc. in the front yard – actually it works well. They fit right in with the flowers. A herb book with recipes? Yes, please

  • I absolutely love gardening and would really appreciate winning these books to give me lots of ideas for new projects!

  • I love gardening, but have very little experience with plants so this would be amazing to win.

  • I love to garden! Our front yard has flowers & the backyard is flowers, vegetables,blueberries, tomatoes,strawberries,blackberries, I spend a lot of time outside in the summer weeding, watering and general maintenance. Our front yard is a gravel walkway with a lot of always looking flowers & a very small patch of grass. My partner is a gardener & he gives a lot of advise on what works well with our climate. He is kept busy all summer but is always looking for different ideas on gardening & refers to books a lot.

  • Even though I’m disabled I love Japanese gardening. And the herb garden book would be perfect for my son as he wants to start growing herbs. These two books together are the best one’s I’ve tried to win. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  • I have been wanting an herb garden forever! If I had the book, I would have no excuse not to! haha. But for real, I would love to get my yard manicured and pretty all on my own!

  • We moved to a new home in December, 2017. Our new lawn is like a blank artist’s canvas. We love gardening and would appreciate the ideas in these books. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.