On a ridge high above the Tennessee River, designer and author Ryan Gainey creates a four-season garden inspired by the world's greatest outdoor rooms.
Photo: Robert Rausch
The Big Idea: Details make the difference. Staying true to the Arts and Crafts movement, Ryan and Marc used local materials and craftspeople whenever possible. The Crab Orchard stone came from Crossville, Tennessee, and the light fixtures were designed by Marc and made by blacksmith Bubba Williams of Decatur, Tennessee.
The Plants: 'Limelight' and oakleaf hydrangeas flank the base of the stucco retaining wall. The border of 'Ryan's Yellow' mums and 'Rachel Jackson' asters also includes goldenrod, Joe-Pye weed, and Japanese anemone.