Stately gardens use terraces, outbuildings, pergolas and walls to divide green spaces into a series of views and focal points.
The stonework forms the year-round architectural backbone of the garden, with flowers providing fine detail and seasonal variations.
Hard landscaping works on a small scale, too, and most gardens have some architectural features, such as patios, paths, decking, walls and fences.
Tubs, arches or a pergola are good ways of adding to the picture, and a summerhouse or gazebo makes a focal point.
But for real impact you need a few character pieces.