Lately, I’ve gotten stuck in a design rut styling the small <1’ tall trees I have. They are all from nursery containers and I’ve been doing the “twist the trunk to make it interesting, wire first branch out to left or right, second branch to the opposite side and back, and then give the apex some attention” thing. I’d like to work on other styles, but it seems the more elaborate ones like windswept, broom, etc. require a bigger tree, more side branches, etc. I’ve done some juniper cascades but have a hard time figuring out what to do as the descending branch gets longer.
One thing I thought I could do was look at photos in books and online of mature trees that are at their peak and try to draw the main lines to see what the artist had in mind.
I’d love to hear what other people do to stretch their creativity.