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Decorating With Tropical Flowers
by Joey Pebble
Tropical flowers are a wonderful way to bring unique colors and exotic elements into your home, while also connecting it intrinsically with the beauty of the natural world. These distinctive decorative flowers may seem a bit daunting, but once you understand a few simple facts you should be able to buy with confidence, and decorate with style, using a variety of tropical floral accents.
Tropical flowers are flown in from countries around the world. The cost of cultivating and then transporting these plants over long distances does drive the price up somewhat, and flowers which originate in far off countries will almost always cost more than domestic products. However tropical flowers offer a number of advantages that can help to offset the added cost that you will have to pay initially.
For one thing, tropical flowers tend to last far longer than regular florals you buy from the store. If properly cared for, orchids, protea, ginger, and heliconias can all last for a month or sometimes even longer. Proper care is going to be specific to the type of flower that you choose, and you can usually get basic care instructions from the florist.
Tropical flowers also tend to be much larger and more unique than their domestic counterparts. They often have distinctive shapes and bright, eye catching colors. This means that you will not need very many flowers to make a full fledged decorative display. Depending on the size of the container, four or five distinctive flowers, surrounded by the proper greenery, should be more than sufficient to create an attractive display.
The following are some common exotic flowers that you can purchase for your home.
- Calla Lillies
- Birds of Paradise
- Red or Pink Ginger
The type of container that you store these flowers in is almost as important as the type of flower that you choose. Whether using a bowl, a decorative vase, or a box, you want to pay attention to their materials, and how they interact with the natural vegetation that is going within them. Often you will want vases and holders that feature similar colors, or which are made from natural materials which will compliment the flowers they are displaying.
When creating a tropical floral arrangement, you want to start with the blossoms. These are going to be the focal centerpiece of your creation, so place them very carefully. You will want one tall plant to go in the middle, with the other flowers tapering out away from it, so that the entire container is filled. Try to maintain a sense of proportion with every piece that you place in the arrangement.
Once the blossoms have been placed, used tropical greenery to fill in any gaps that may remain. There area number of different tropical greenery choices that you can make, and they often feature leaves and branches that have unique and distinctive shapes. Just be careful that the greenery you use complements the flowers, rather than completely overwhelming them.
This article is sponsored by PebbleArt's line of decorativemarble vases, which are crafted from a variety of polished, onyx and marble multi colored materials. The author of this article is Joey Pebble, a design and home décor specialist.
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