For many years, I have dreamed of an outdoor oasis--a place to go to rest, be still, observe nature, and enjoy good company. Over the years, we have slowly created elements to complement that vision.
Although we entertain in our backyard, it has always been a private place. I have always felt that I develop the garden in the front of the house not only with us in mind but others as well. However, the back garden has been created as a place for repose and relaxation.
To get ideas for creating an oasis, I read books to give me ideas. One of the books I have read that has helped me develop special spots in the garden is Country Living Outdoor Spaces.
Title: Country Living Outdoor Spaces (Easy Transformations series)
Authors: Elizabeth S. Hamilton
Published in 2006 by Hearst Communications
This book is organized in sections, such as Patios and Decks, Porches, and Paths and Destinations with a plethora of photographs to visualize the ideas presented. In the Freestanding Structures section, garden structures are defined and illustrated.
What I like most about this book besides the many photographs is the examples are simple and achievable. Not one of the ideas is so complex and elaborate that it could not be duplicated.
I found Country Living Outdoor Spaces on Amazon if you want to read some of the reviews.
I am joining Holley at Roses and Other Gardening Joys for this month's Garden Book Reviews. Stop by her blog to see what other gardeners are reading.
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