Deacon loves the sense of ?being enclosed in this dark cocoon. The whole garden is about creating visual effects, but here I?m more concerned about the experience of being there.?

His success is confirmed by any visitor. You are drawn to something darker even as you appreciate the brightness of its surroundings. It?s the dark, the depths, that hit the soul.

Raindrops bejewel purple beech leaves.

Want to find out Deacon’s top dark selections for his mysterious garden? Have a look at his garden notes.

This is the third of a four-part series on Tom Deacon?s garden. Keep reading for a look at his geometric garden in Between the Lines, his vibrant colour wheel in Rainbow Room and the final installment, a look at Deacon’s gravel garden in Pebble Dash.