The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter1. History

Akasaka Rikyu 4

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In one spot an area is laid out after the manner of a gardener's nursery with numerous potted plants, peonies, dwarf plum and wistaria trees, orange trees, and specimens of Niiphar japonicum, Nandina domestica, Acorus gramineus, and Psilotum triquetrium. Here are also a small summer-house called Koyo-no-Tei, or Arbour of Reddening Foliage, and several lithic curiosities such as a slim stone column, and an anchor-shaped stone, said to have been brought up from the sea-bottom on the Kishiu coast. Another garden valley, designed for an autumn scene, contains a rivulet whose banks are thickly planted with reeds, rushes, and bushes of kerria. The rich yellow of those flowers reflected in the water, together with the glow of maples and other reddening trees behind, have procured for this spot the name of Ogon-Kei, or the Golden Dell.