I borrowed this intriguing display from Bonsai Art magazine’s website (I guess you can tell). I like the tree a lot, but it’s the companion that really caught my eye.
Companions, accents, shitakusa, kusamono… whatever you call them
One thing I like about companion plants is that good ones can have dual functions: you can team them with bonsai to create dynamic displays, or, if they are good enough, they can be displayed alone.
This mystery plant from our mystery book easily stands alone.
Do you think this companion enhances the tree? From Bonsai Today issue 90 (all back issues of Bonsai Today magazine are currently 54% off).
Some bonsai artists use illustrations to get their ideas across. This one is from Willi Benz’ Bonsai, Kusamono & Suiseki (the benchmark book on the subject).