A well designed Bonsai garden makes your trees stand out more than anything else. But designing one is incredibly difficult, especially because you need to find a way to display your trees at eye-level, while keeping in mind the individual requirements of each of your trees.
Some trees will need at least partial shade on the warmest days, while other trees prefer as much sun as they can get. Most professional Bonsai gardens have shade-cloth systems, with varying amounts of shadow provided, that can be used in summer. This article can help you to find inspiration and offers a few guidelines to get started; good luck!
Displaying your Bonsai on vertical poles in the garden
Professional Bonsai gardens (think: Japanese Bonsai gardens) often display their most important trees centrally in the garden, placed on poles. Placing the trees at eye level makes them stand out and gives visitors the opportunity to gaze at the trees while strolling around.
Placing the poles is relatively straightforward, so the only difficulty is in choosing materials. We've come across wooden pillars (old railroad ties or tree trunks), stone slabs and concrete pillars. For inspiration, let's take a look at some gardens where Bonsai are displayed on poles.
Using benches in your Bonsai garden
Building a bench to put your trees on is more difficult than it seems, especially when you want it to last longer than 1 - 2 years. In the fourth photo below you see a bench that you can create yourself. First, let's have a look at some examples.