There's something I want to point out on the difference a single plant makes.
Looks like the whole scape opened up and became expansive didn't it?
The first picture looks like the main stone is centered.
The second the main stone looks more to the left.
The reason? No microsword to the right of the main stone to focus your attention at a second focal point, therefore centering the scale. All it was was 4 sprigs removed from that one spot.