Majestic orchids

Majestic orchid scenery

Learn to discover these flowers with uninterrupted blooming, and how to highlight them. This winter, with orchids, the trend is on #TheWorldBeyond!

Queens of the indoor plants, orchids belong to the very large Phalaenopsis family which comprises over 2,500 species. Merging into the best designer environments, they are more than ever trendy for indoor home decoration, perfectly in sync with the #TheWorldBeyond which is imbued with fantasy, shimmering colors, semi-precious stones and cristals with light-shattering iridescent effects… The Cymbidium, Paphiopedilum, Cattleya, Zygopetalum, Brassia and Dendrobium are the six species, all belonging to Phalaenopsis, selected last November on this topic in the “To each a plant” project, an initiative of the Flower Council of Holland.

Short lesson on stagecraft

Orchid forestOrchids are even more fascinating when they’re clustered to form a flowered forest. Set in close quarters together, select their pots to showcase them and create a distinctive atmosphere: a classical touch is to match flower colors with their containers. More fashionista is to let them shine in sparkling porcelain, mother-of-pearl, or trendy green, vert-de-gris, deep red or lilac colors.

Also, place them assembled on a specific designer table built from wood and raw steel to wrap up the scene.

DIY Orchid Kokedama

Kokedama made from orchidsWhat an amazing idea to pair the trendy kokedama (Japanese plant decoration art based on round moss balls) with the almost supernatural bearing of an orchid! Here is how to prepare this special scene… Equipment: an orchid to your particular liking (this one shown is Paphiopedilum), flat moss, a roll of string, clips. How to proceed: delicately remove the plant from the pot, roll the moss around the roots, embedding the clump as much as you can, and hold it all together with string all around. You’ll then have to mist the clump and leaves to keep the kokedama at the right moisture level. If you have prepared several, arrange them on a nice pedestal and remember to place them in a very luminous spot. Tip: place them in front of a mirror to multiply them visually!

Claire Lelong-Lehoang

Image credits (edits Gaspard Lorthiois): Flower Council Holland