Thursday, 19 July 2007

Styles of Bonsai Gardens: By Chris Wight

It is very important to realize when you are considering a bonsai garden exactly what style garden you want. Not all gardens are created equal, and some are easier to maintain than others are. This means that if you are a bonsai gardening novice you would be best suited towards a simpler style of garden to begin with instead of tackling the most advanced forms. Once you have mastered the basics you can certainly feel free to jump into the advanced forms of gardening and you will have the knowledge and confidence you need in order to have a beautiful garden.

While the professionals at Bonsai Boy can help, you select the right plants that will match the style garden you select. The first style is the Chokkan; this style is considered the best for beginners because it is one of the easiest and simplest to learn. The trees in this style are typically upright and straight. If you are looking for a tree for this style look for something with a straight trunk and a balanced branch structure. Typically, the plants from this style are planted in rectangular shaped pots, which accent the shape.

Next is the Moyogi, this form is a bit more advanced style. The top of the trunk leans forward slightly instead of growing straight up. Young plants tend to be much easier to locate in this form because they are more flexible. This style also looks great in an oval or even rectangular planter that helps to accentuate the style of the plant.

Shakkan is next with a trunk that slants more than the Chokkan or Moyogi styles. This tends to be considered an intermediate style of bonsai garden and the plants are typically planted in round or square planters so that the tree bends out over the planter.

Kengais the next, it is one of the more advanced styles available. This style tends to be very difficult because of the sloping style of the plant that is required. For this style to be best used it is helpful if a round or hexagonal planter is used that is higher than it is wide to help the plant cascade in the proper direction better.

Han-kengai is next. This requires the trunk to grow straight before cascading downward on a slight angle. The angle is very slight and not dramatic at all compared to many of the other styles. The shape of the pot is usually a round or hexagonal pot same as with cascading plants, however they planter does not need to be as high in order to achieve the same effect.

Funkinagashi is a style that simulates extreme exposures. The branches tend to be empty and blank which represents the loss of greenery when extreme weather conditions occur. Lastly is the Bunjingi style, this style has several shapes but is often called the strangest form of bonsai gardening. The shapes are typically unnatural and strange, which is meant to symbolize trees surviving in nature under awful conditions.

Chris Wight has been developing a green thumb for years and has recently fallen in love with the art of Bonsai. To learn more about Bonsai Gardening, please visit his site:
http://www.BonsaiBoyDeals.com

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