Everyone needs a little time to themselves, and mums in particular spend so much of their day looking after everyone else, it can seem impossible to grab a few moments to sit back and relax. So, give your mum the best gift of all – a secluded garden oasis, surrounded by plants, where she can put up her feet, read the latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens and escape the daily grind – bliss!
Gather your supplies:
Makes a circular area with 9m circumference
• 100mm x 3m Link Edge (3)
• Link Edge connectors (3)
• Link Edge spikes (12)
• Link Edge guides (12)
• Road base (1 tonne)
• Deco-granite pre-mixed with cement (1/2 tonne)
Link Edge is flexible aluminium edging that’s readily available from most garden centres.
You'll also need:
Tropical-looking plants; stake; mallet; set-out paint; stringline; shovel; nail rake; screed; wheelbarrow; plate compactor; mulch; lump hammer
Step 1: Choose a suitable area large enough to accommodate a 2.86m-dia circle, plus enough space for any surrounding plants. Remove lawn and weeds. Decide on centre of circle, drive in stake and tie stringline around. Measure out 1.43m, then tie other end of stringline around set-out paint can. With stringline taut, walk around space to draw circle.
Step 2: Lay aluminium edging according to manufacturer’s instructions. Excavate within circle to depth of 100mm and use rake to remove roots.
Step 3: Shovel road base into circle and spread evenly. Hose down, then compact to 70mm.
Step 4: Spread deco-granite over road base, spread with rake, then screed to smooth and level. Hose down and allow to set for at least 24 hours.
Step 5: Plant surrounding area, mulch and water well. Furnish and invite your mum to check her new spot – you’ll certainly be in her good books
Surround your new retreat with tropical-looking plants, such as palms and ferns, then add a queenly chair, comfy cushions and a throw rug. Mum will feel like she’s a million miles away!
Pot up glazed planters with lush statement foliage like this Philodendron 'Congo'.