Starting with an introduction to bonsai, the book defines and describes this ancient craft, explaining trees and shrubs to use as well as the importance of bonsai size, proportion and aesthetics. The art of displaying bonsai is also examined, with advice on pots and containers, display stands, accessories and accent planting, as well as how to display bonsai indoors and outdoors. An illustrated section on the bonsai year looks at growing seasonal bonsai, from the cerise azaleas in spring to the flaming colours of autumn acers, while a photographic gallery provides images of mature bonsai specimens, with statistical information on their age and the method of training. The techniques of this art form are described, and there is guidance on tools and equipment, propagation, and soil types, as well as on basic pruning, shaping and wiring. There is also advice on advanced bonsai techniques for creating flowering and fruiting bonsai, including azaleas and rhododendrons, chrysanthemum, fuchsia, prunus and wisteria. A bonsai directory provides horticultural information on a variety of popular species for both indoors and outside, while a chapter on caring for bonsai gives advice on watering, feeding and general maintenance regimes, as well as coping with pests and diseases.