Martyn Gingell  B.Sc. M.Sc.

a Hampshire Garden Designer

Timber-clad retaining walls in a Hampshire garden, designed by Martyn Gingell.

Case studies

Garden 1:

A small sloping Hampshire garden before design by Martyn Gingell.  Stepped terraces and linking path by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

A small garden with a significant slope. Here the clients wanted to remove the grass, create planting beds that are easily accessed for maintenance and to use shallow steps to transition the height changes. The photographs showing the new terraces were taken immediately after planting.

A Hampshire garden design showing stepped terraces and linking paths.  A Hampshire garden design by Martyn Gingell, stepped terraces leading to a small summerhouse. 

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Garden 2:

A mixed flower border by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell  Custom designed timber arches by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

A medium sized garden with a fairly traditional planting mix of shrubs and herbaceous perennials. Here in the first season after planting the herbaceous plants are already making a good show; it generally takes a little longer for the slower growing shrubs to catch up and form the balanced framework within which the perennials will later be displayed.

Gravel paths and pond by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell  An arch over a garden gate by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

A circular pond surrounded with pastel coloured planting by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell.

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Garden 3:

A garden view prior to re-design by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell.  A Hampshire garden terrace viewed through planting, designed by Martyn Gingell. 

Initally an open garden with little planting (first image), these pictures, taken towards the end of the first full season after planting, again illustrate how quickly a difference can be made.

Mixed planting against a garden fence in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell.  A mixed plant border after one full growing season, in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell. 

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Garden 4:

A new build Hampshire garden prior to re-design by Martyn Gingell  A central plant bed, lawn and steps by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

The first picture here shows the garden behind a newly constructed home before any design work. The main challenges in this case were provided by the awkward slope and the garage building which together dominated the view from the house. Two years after construction the garden is split up to create routes around and across the garden, together with several different seating areas. Importantly the slope has been tamed and the view of the garage softened by the abundant planting. In contrast with gardens 2 and 3, here the planting emphasis is on foliage effect rather than flower colour.

Groynes and gravel in a small corner of a Hampshire garden design by Martyn Gingell  A decked seating area by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

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Garden 5:

A long narrow Hampshire garden prior to design by Martyn Gingell.  A plant bed with angled contemporary trellis in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell. 

A long and narrow garden modernised with new terracing and shaped planting beds, complemented with contemporary trellis panels.

A contemporary trellis boundary screen in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell. 

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Garden 6:

A Hampshire garden with dominant conifers prior to garden design by Martyn Gingell  A view of a dining terrace by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

More mature gardens can bring their own challenges. The first picture above illustrates the remaining portion of a previously much larger garden. The available space is now defined by the large conifers which have outgrown the scale of the garden and make it appear much narrower than it actually is. The removal of some of the conifers brought much more light into the garden, allowing a wider range of plants to be grown. A narrow path and a wide lawn now take different routes towards the far end of the plot providing a circuitous meander route around and through the planting.

Mixed planting in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell  A stepping stone in a dry stream bed in a Hampshire garden by designer Martyn Gingell 

A seating area seen through 'hot' planting, a Hampshire garden design by Martyn Gingell

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Garden 7:

Plan of formal areas of a Hampshire country garden designed by Martyn Gingell  Initial garden excavations in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell 

This design was a draft plan for the formal areas of a large country garden. My clients decided to start with the construction of the walled garden, project managing all the work themselves. The walled garden was sited carefully to enable a visual linkage with the existing buildings without compromising critical views of the remaining garden areas enjoyed from the house. The second photograph shows the area for the walled garden after initial excavations, while those below show the completed structure at the point of initial planting. The walls provide protection from rabbits and deer in addition to support for trained fruit and other climbing plants.

A walled vegetable garden in Hampshire before planting, designed by Martyn Gingell  A garden building in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell 

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Garden 8:

Grass banking and fences restrict access in a Hampshire garden prior to design by Martyn Gingell  Wide brick steps in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell, seen before turfing and planting 

The images above, taken from the same angle, show this garden before work started and at a later stage during construction. Banking around the terrace and fencing around the swimming pool originally acted as a deterrant to enjoyment of this large garden. The re-design overcame this by making access to both the pool area and the rest of the garden much more inviting. Wall seats both retain levels and provide occasional informal seating, while wide steps invite exploration to areas beyond.

Soft planting above a small retaining wall in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell  A mixed planting backed with stainless steel fencing in a Hampshire garden design by Martyn Gingell 

After one full season the planting is already providing ample softening to the hard construction elements.

Planted rock terraces and seating area beside a pond in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell. 

A statue within planting in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell

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Garden 9:

A new-build garden in Hampshire prior to garden design by Martyn Gingell 

Another fairly typical garden behind a new home, as left by the developers. There is a significant slope to be dealt with and the gardens' aspect means that only the top end of the garden receives the afternoon and evening sun. Not all of my clients choose to make use of the full design service. In this case they were keen to carry out their own planting but wanted help getting the structure of the garden right. The second photograph was taken just after the construction and plant bed preparation work had been completed. In the second season since handover the clients' planting is beginning to mature.

Curved stepped lawn and path in a Hampshire garden by designer Martyn Gingell  A stepped lawn, mowing strips and clients own planting in a Hampshire garden by Martyn Gingell 

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Garden 10:

A courtyard in Hampshire enclosed by barns under renovation, prior to garden design by Martyn Gingell.  A Hampshire courtyard with sweeping lawns and planting, by garden designer Martyn Gingell. 

A barn conversion that created a courtyard in which none of the sides were square to each other, a garden layout challenge overcome by using curves and circles

A lawn sweeps around a Hampshire courtyard, garden designed by Martyn Gingell  A seating area within an enclosed courtyard garden in Hampshire, designed by Martyn Gingell. 

Outside of the courtyard another area was transformed with retaining walls and planting, the second photo showing the area after plant placing but before planting.

Level challenges in a Hampshire garden prior to design by Martyn Gingell.  Timber faced retaining walls in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell 

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Naturalistc planting and pond in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell.

A large wildlife pond and meadow flowers in summer, by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell  Winter bark reflections in a wildlife pond, by Hampshire garden designer Martyn Gingell 

Not all gardens concentrate focus internally. These views illustrate transitional areas between more formal gardens and the wider landscape. Sweeping rough cut lawns divide areas of wild flower planting and shrub borders in the pictures above, leading the eye towards the large pond. Planting comprises a mixture of native and ornamental trees and shrubs, which rise in scale and merge towards the trees in the countryside beyond. Careful plant choice around the pond ensures winter interest from a variety of bark colours.

A border of large shrubs in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell

Wildflower meadow  planting in a Hampshire garden designed by Martyn Gingell

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All images and plans © Martyn Gingell 1985-2019