When it comes to arranging tropical flowers, follow this mantra: Less is more.

Even on massive arrangements, using just a few elements can leave a stronger impact than combining many different types of flowers. For larger arrangements, use grouping technique.

For this arrangement we selected flowers in colors of flame.

Gloriosa flowers are available at the market by wines or as single blossoms. A flower stem is only about 5-6 inches; to create larger arrangement, use wines.



Flower list:

Cattleya orchid – 1 branch

Dark red roses – 6 stems

Yellow gloriosa – 1-2 wines

Fatsia japonica – 2 leaves

Aspidistra – 2 leaves

Supplies list: flat container, 1/3 of floral foam, ¼” designer floral tape


  • DIY-creating-tropical-flower-arrangementBefore arranging, hydrate flowers and leaves for 2 hours.
    Using floral tape, secure a piece of floral foam to the container, then soak the foam foundation in water.



This arrangement is created in focal point technique.



  • tropical-flower-arrangementStart with large fatsia japonica leaves, camouflaging the floral foam. Place leave stems next to each other in the center of the foundation. The radially veins of these compound leaves would help directing the other flowers and leaves to the center of the foam foundation.


  • tropical-flower-arrangementFirst, place a large spider mum flower. Pock the flower through a leaf pinning the leaf to the foam camouflaging it. The stem of the flower should be located radially towards the center of the foam foundation.


  • tropical-flower-arrangement tropical-flower-arrangementNext, add an orchid branch, visually balancing the mum. Pock the stem of the orchid through another leaf, camouflaging the foam foundation.


  • tropical-flower-arrangementPlace a group of roses in the center of the arrangement, creating a free contour spot.




  • tropical-flower-arrangementOn both sides of the arrangement between the fancia Japonica leaves place aspidistra leaves, locating them radially towards the center of the foam foundation. The aspidistra leaves in each pare overlapping each other on a small angle.


  • To balance the massive branch of orchid flowers, add some gloriosa around the mum. Cutting little pieces of wine with a flower or leaf, place radially towards the center of the foam foundation around the mum.
  • tropical-flower-arrangementThis arrangement could be used as a centerpiece for a round table or in a trail centerpiece for a long table.
  • Water the arrangement daily.