Canadian Gardener’s Guide

Every April and May, we are out in our yard getting it ready for the summer months. There is always leaves and debris left from the previous season and blown in from other yards. Although we are not avid gardeners, we do like our property to have some attractive curb appeal. I’ve planted lots of flowers, shrubs and blubs, but it’s been a challenge to keep them alive. I don’t know how many clematis plants I’ve planted, only to see them perish the next season. This year I found a resource that will help me create the floral and bee-friendly yard I desire, the Canadian Gardener’s Guide 3rd Edition.

The Canadian climate is harsher and it can present a challenge when it comes to growing healthy crops and flowers. Being mindful of our Hardiness Zones is important and will ultimately determine our success rate. But, there is far more to gardening than plopping a plant in the ground and that is where the Canadian Gardener’s Guide will be of tremendous value.

This growing compendium is divided into seven sections, Make a Start, Design Your Garden, Plant Your Garden, Grow Your Own, Care For Your Garden, Help and Advice and lastly Plant Chooser. If you are a novice, then it is recommended that commence with the Make A Start section. Otherwise, you can dive into the chapters that appeal to you.

I don’t have a green thumb, so I started at the beginning. Make A Start walks you through the basics of gardening from how to plant to improving and enriching your soil to garden jargon to choosing suitable plants for your plot and region. Each topic is covered with vivid images and written instructions.

The next section, Design Your Garden goes beyond simple plants and feature areas. Here you will also learn how to make a productive garden, a tranquil treat, a wildlife haven, how to lay a path, how to install a deck, how to make a pergola, adding a pond, lighting, making raised flower beds and so much more.

The book carries on with Planting Your Garden. Here you will learn about trees, grasses, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, annuals, climbers and water plants that suit your lifestyle. Some plants require high maintenance, while others need moderate to low maintenance. You’ll also learn about various styles of gardens, how to introduce color and texture to your yard and seasonal effects.

The Grown Your Own section will help you determine what vegetables, fruits or herbs to grow and how to do it successfully. What I noticed though is that there is no indication of zones. I’d love to grow a cherry tree, but do not know which zone it would grow the best in.

The next two sections cover how to care for your garden and offers practical advice on feeding, pruning, topiary, propagating, growing from seeds, lawn problems, mini meadow, controlling weeds, diseases and disorders and much more including colorful images.

The last section offers suggestions on specific plants reflective on your needs. Whether you’re looking for annuals, container plants, water plants, climbers for the shade, shrubs for winter, or deer-resistant plants, the Canadian Gardener’s Guide covers it all.

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


  • I’d love to win this as I’m a keen gardener but haven’t much idea how to cope with the freezing cold winters here so this book would be extremely helpful to me.

  • I’d love to win because I attempted my first garden this year and it is very obvious I have lots to learn!

  • This would be nice to learn what plants to plant where I live and how to care for them

  • I enjoy planting and am always looking for new ideas and plants that will like and thrive in my garden.

  • I would love to win this book, I really want to change up my front garden and have fairly low maintenance plants out there as I don’t always get to spend as much time keeping up with plants out there, it would be nice to reference the book and see what would work and what exactly is needed to maintain the garden

  • Gardening is how I choose to spend my “free time” – but I certainly have a lot to learn to make it a success.

  • I would LOVE to gift this to my sister in law (after I’m done reading it!) She loves gardening and would like to get the tips and knowledge found in this book. I also got a bit of a green thumb this summer. I love flowers. I hope to gain more knowledge and ideas for the next season.

  • My family expanded our garden this year, and any tipart or bits of knowledge would be so helpful 🙂 thanks!

  • I would love to win this book because I am an avid gardener for both flowers,herbs, and vegies. It would be an asset to have a Canadian guide for our climate.

  • Love to win this because my two friends are avid gardeners and I’m just learning!

  • My husband and I love gardening. This book would be great for planning and education. Thanks for the super giveaway opportunity.

  • I love to win this as I need all the help I can get when it comes to gardening!

  • I want to win because I love gardening and I would love to read about any tips that are available!

  • I would love to win this as I would love to read tips for gardening and I have been very interested in starting my own garden this summer.

  • I’ve been gardening for 38 years and am always looking for new information and resources. Thanks for the chance to win this perfect for me prize!

  • Gardening in Northwest BC is a challenge! I need a good reference book to refer to when things go wrong (too often to count).

  • I love to garden, but want to make a lower-maintenance garden & to transition to more container gardening. (Yes, I threw out my back yesterday trying to plant a rose bush, so it ended up being planted in a large pot, until I can get it in the ground … my body hasn’t been the same since I was hit by a car.) I have been looking through a lot of gardening books, and this is one of the better gardening books out there … it would be great to have a copy of this book for reference!

  • I’m in a northern-ish bit of Ontario. And I’m never sure which plants will survive a winter here. This would help my black thumb.

  • I LOVE gardening books and want to learn more about gardening in Canada even though I’ve been gardening here for close to 5 decades. I say I think I know a lot but really only know very little. Lifelong learning! Gardening in Manitoba has it’s challenges but many, many rewards!

  • I love gardening! Canada is way north of me! I’m sure I can apply some of it for the south.

  • We just moved from the ‘burbs to ‘the country’ this month. The previous owners have spectacular perennial gardens all over this 10 acre property .. most centered around the 2 cleared acres around the house, but honestly, we have no idea! I don’t want to kill anything, but we soooo need help. What a resource this would be!