“Meet: Troy Rhone” — Flower Magazine, July/August 2017

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Curious how Troy Rhone got his start in the garden design business? This month’s issue of Flower magazine featured an up-close interview with Troy. He shared details on his approach to garden design and some of his favorite plants.

Troy’s personal garden style is what he defines as “a refined cottage look.” He’s a big fan of clean lines and not letting a garden feel too “fussy” or “modern” looking. While his gardens do have a formal edge to them — he loves to include boxwoods for structure — Troy also likes to loosen things up overall. For example, rather than keeping boxwoods sheared very tight, he’ll let some growth happen to allow the plants to appear relaxed.

Some of Troy’s favorite plants include antique roses. The reason may surprise you: they’re beautiful, and they’re bulletproof! They have a stunning fragrance, yet they thrive on neglect. He’s a strong promoter of evergreens for texture as well. Rosemary makes a fragrant spikey addition to a garden, along with lamb’s ear for its sliver fluffy leaves.

Curious how Troy Rhone defines success in a garden? Read the full article “Meet: Troy Rhone” — published in the Fresh Style section of Flower magazine, July/August of 2017 edition.

“Summer Sanctuary” — FLOWERS & GARDENS, 2017

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Jan and Lane Savage wanted a garden oasis with an ever-changing showcase of flora. To fulfill their vision, Garden Designer Troy Rhone created a unique garden with terraces climbing the slopes of their mountainside property. The result is a living amphitheater, with radiant performers that include peonies, roses, and dahlias.

Around the garden, Troy included nectar-rich plants to invite bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds—all of which fly daintily among the petals. To explore the tranquil have, there are wooden steps, a gravel walkway, and a path of stepping stones.

This “Summer Sanctuary” garden design even includes a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, which takes pride of place beneath the window of his wife’s sewing room.

See additional photos of the “Summer Sanctuary” and read the full article in Victoria Classics FLOWERS and GARDENS, published July 2017.

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“Verdant Escape” — Southern Lady Magazine, 2017

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 Function and Beauty Meet to Create a Vibrant Garden Expanse

Troy Rhone’s team approached this landscape design project with an eye on ensuring it matched the interior design of the client’s house. He created a stunningly beautiful garden that blends the inside with the outside. The end result is a series of “garden rooms” that flow together but also exist as their own distinctive segments. While every garden room has its own identity, they are all intricately blended as well.

In addition to being a beautifully designed garden, it is very functional for the owners. Practical additions, like benches and a workshed, meet their everyday needs. Troy’s team also included rain barrels to store nutrient-rich rainwater. The landscape design provides plenty of space for fresh vegetables and cut flowers—making it a working garden.

See the full article “Verdant Escape” in Southern Lady magazine for additional details on the flowers and plants used for this landscape design.

“Down the Garden Path” — Flower Magazine, June 2016

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Get to know Garden Designer Troy Rhone in this intimate interview featured in Flower Magazine.

Many gardens are taking the modernist garden design approach today. However, Troy Rhone designs with a decidedly British accent, creating garden rooms with layered borders and expanses of green lawn. His designs feature impactful compositions and trained vines.

In this uniquely up-close interview with Troy Rhone, he delves into his history and his inspirations. The work of the early English landscape designers Vita Sackville-West and Gertrude Jeckll were two profoundly influential garden designers who affected the development of Troy’s style. What’s this garden designer’s favorite flower? Antique roses. Some of his favorites include ‘Crystal Fairy,’ ‘Perle d’Or,’ and ‘Climbing Pinkie.’ Troy loves them because they’ll thrive even with some neglect — so you enjoy all the benefits without the commitment.

Troy explains how he sees the modern world’s obsession with possessions as a tragedy. In our busy lives, we’re missing the cultural relevance of gardening. Read the full article “Down the Garden Path” — published by Flower Magazine in June 2016.

 

“Living Legacy” Article — Garden & Gun Magazine, 2016

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See how Troy Rhone designed the gardens for Birmingham steel heiress, the late Barbara Ingalls Shook. These remarkable gardens are a tribute to the equally remarkable woman. From daffodils to irises,  Letten roses to tiny boxwoods, Troy created a masterpiece landscape design fitting for the late heiress.

While Parterre style gardens are generally designed to show symmetry and order, Troy included less traditional additions to this landscape design—including wide-open, sunny spaces. This garden, while formal, also memorializes the unconventional woman. It is a garden truly inspired by her.

Read the full article “Living Legacy”—originally published in Feb/March Garden & Gun magazine 2016.

 

 

 

“Gathering Grounds” Article — Southern Lady, 2015

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Troy Rhone planned cozy patio seating amid natural surroundings in this beautiful garden for Candy Meyerson.  

This unique garden design perfectly takes advantage of the Alabama setting, providing privacy while feeling spacious. French doors link the home’s inside to the outdoors, creating a wonderful harmonious flow. The entire garden is divided into a central lawn and a series of patios.

The newly enclosed garden is expanded with a hedge of ‘Mary Nell’ holly along with figs that creep up the brick walls. Tiny boxwood trees make up the majority of the landscape design plantings. Bilevel patios are edged with the same bricks Troy’s team also used to create the retaining wall. An elegant fountain and a pair of dining areas complete this serene garden scene. It’s an idyllic hangout space, perfect for sharing with family or friends. Whether hosting a cocktail party, a large crowd, or an intimate meal, the area feels spacious yet intimate.

Read the full article “Gathering Grounds” in Southern Lady magazine, May-June 2015 edition.