Jerkovic Garden, Glen Iris, Victoria
In early 2012 Debbie and Michael Jerkovic made an appointment with Bev Hanson to design their front garden using Australian plants. Half of the original area was laid out with crushed rock for car parking, the rest a lawn with a few exotics around the edge. The redesign allowed for driveway access and one car park with the remaining area to be mounded where garden was to be planted and paths meandering through. Large rocks were to be placed to look natural in retaining the mounded garden beds. The family then agreed to transform the back garden also. The design incorporated a vinyl pond liner and waterfall beside the outdoor living area and again with mounding of garden beds and meandering crushed rock paths. In December 2012, they dug out the pond and placed rocks. They created an interesting outlook from a large picture window with rock steps and associated small plants. All perimeter planting is designed to hide the boundary fences.
For more information on this garden see Garden Design Study Group Newsletter 85, February 2014, p. 11 and The Australian Native Garden by Angus Stewart and AB Bishop, 2015, pp. 212-217.