Clipped boxwoods outline the colour-filled bedsDeacon?s solution is an elegant steel-and-wood fence that not only keeps out the deer but also clarifies the garden?s geometry, and looks superb in winter. Now all he has to do is make sure he locks the gates at night. With the garden safely surrounded, deer-candy plants such as hostas, daylilies, coneflowers, stonecrops and hardy geraniums grow untouched, adding their bright hues and rich foliage textures to Deacon?s exquisitely composed circle of colour.

Clipped boxwoods outline the colour-filled beds

Curious to see Deacon’s top plants in his colour wheel? Click here to find out.

This is a second in a four-part series on Tom Deacon’s innovative country garden. For part one, check out Between the Lines, a look at Decon’s use of geometric shapes. Keep reading for part three, a step to the dark side in Black Magic, and part four, a bit of planned chaos in Pebble Dash.