“Gems of the Garden” — Southern Lady Magazine, 2018

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How does Troy Rhone create perfectly charming outdoor sanctuaries, pool deck designs, and quiet gardens abodes? In this issue of Southern Lady Magazine, delve into Troy’s process for designing gardens that reflect the unique lives of each individual garden owner.

An Artful Mix of Nature & Antiques

One very important step in the garden design process is selecting vintage and antique pieces—either family heirlooms or elements selected by Troy—since they hold strong meaning and personal value. Troy’s personal touch, intricately mixing antiques with lush plantings and abundant blooms, is key to the essence in his designs.

“These elements bring history into the garden,” Troy states. “They instill a feeling that you’re not going to get from something store-bought and mass-manufactured. They give you a personal touch that you couldn’t get otherwise.”

The article includes an account of one of Troy’s clients who survived cancer three times. For her garden design, he included a fitting garden statuary to reflect her unwavering strength through her struggles.

The use of antiques and statuary pieces are also part of Troy’s penchant for designing outdoor gardens to be an extension of home interiors.  Curious how Troy picks such stunning statues and antiques? The article also features  helpful tips from Troy on how to shop for garden antiques and statuary pieces. (You’ll want to read these four great principles before purchasing your next garden statue!)

See additional photos and read the full article “Gems of the Garden” — published by Southern Lady Magazine.

The Southern Lady Magazine article was written by Elizabeth Czapski and photographed by Ryan Carlson.

“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.