GARDEN ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES
IT is very difficult to say what constitutes architecture in a garden. To say that it implies brick, wood or stone structures only, which is what we intend when speaking of architecture generally, would be too restrictive; we must therefore interpret it in its widest sense, and take it to include all those adjuncts to a modern garden which, if sensibly used, can make the garden so much more enjoyable, convert it into an outdoor room, and, by contrast, accentuate the beauty of the flowers and plants.
We must not, however, neglect those features, such as summer houses and bridges, which definitely are architectural. If one has a stream or a pool at hand the question of choosing the most suitable bridge is of prior importance; it would obviously be a mistake to put a Japanese bridge in a garden otherwise obviously English in character, while it might add considerably to the charm of one devoted to flowering cherries and weeping willows.
Similarly, a stone seat might harmonize with one garden yet ruin another, and we are brought to the conclusion that the whole question is one of style and suitability.