Garden Design in Hampshire
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.
photographs showing the new terraces were taken immediately after planting.
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.
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.
long and narrow garden modernised with new terracing and shaped planting
beds, complemented with contemporary trellis panels.
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.
After one full season the planting is already providing ample softening to the hard construction elements.
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.
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
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.
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.
All images and plans © Martyn Gingell 1985-2019