Flow and balance
The flow between the items used in both the normal bonsai display (with or without a scroll included) is of utmost importance. As seen in the examples flow and counterbalance are essential to make a harmonic and well balanced display. The items have to have a more or less implied flow and direction towards each other to balance the items.
A classic display making use of a bonsai, accent and scroll painting. The bonsai has a clear direction both towards the scroll and the accent. The accent is working as counter balance both to the main object, the bonsai, and the scroll.
Another classic Shohin display, Toko-kazari contents three plant items. Main bonsai (left), secondary bonsai (right), and accent planting. Most often also a scroll is part of this kind of display.