Tom Deacon draws on an enchanting mixture of deep, dark foliage to create a spellbinding space Photos by Tom Deacon
What could be more glamorous, more evocative or more mysterious than something black? It’s the colour of night, the perfect outfit and, it turns out, the very essence of a brilliant garden concept. And that is exactly what Tom Deacon has implemented deep in Ontario’s Mulmur Hills. “I’ve always had the making of a black garden in the back of my mind,” says Deacon, best known as one of Canada’s top furniture designers. “It’s common to do a colour-themed garden—that is determined by the colour of the bloom. But what’s a white garden?” he asks. “It’s actually a green garden with some white blooms.” And something quite different and much more dramatic was needed in this spectacular place.
**The flowers of ‘Royal Cloak’ barberry.**