A bold and beautiful tropical floral design mixes parakeet heliconia, pin cushion protea, fatsia leaves, palm fronds, lily grass, sphagnum moss, and hypericum berries in a vibrant orange ceramic cube.

Tropical Orange

Orange, a color made by mixing cheery yellow and powerful red, a color that radiates warmth and exudes happiness. It is the color of adventure; a daring exploration into something new and exciting. And, did you know, orange has been shown to increase creativity? What great color to inspire a tropical spring design! Enjoy!

Use waterproof tape to secure floral foam in the ceramic cube, then insert the parakeet heliconia into the center of the foam.


Mechanics first - Pre-soak 2/3 of a brick of oasis floral foam in floralife water. This will help keep your flowers fresh and bright for a week or more. Then secure the foam into the vibrant orange ceramic cube with waterproof tape. Hint: clear waterproof tape is a great way to secure your mechanics in place without having to hide the mechanics. 

Tropical flowers make a bold and daring statement. Parakeet Heliconia are a great alternative to their larger relative, birds of paradise. Place them centered in the foam to create dramatic vertical line.

Add two pincushion protea, shadowing the flowers.


Two bright yellow pincushion protea are shadowed (one slightly below the other) for an accent area full of visual impact and depth. This will capture your eye and begin anchoring the focal area of the design.

Terrace two fatsia leaves on one side, then add palm fronds on the opposite side.


With your major blooms in place, the fun begins. Terrace two large tropical leaves (we love fatsia) creating a base-line outward from your accent area. On the opposite side, strip down palm fronds to use just the tips for additional line and movement without overpowering your design.

Add hypericum berries to balance the palm fronds.


Fabulous hypericum berries balance the palms and add great texture cluster to the opposite side of the design. Be sure to tuck a few close to the focal area for added design harmony.

Tuck in sphagnum moss to cover the base, and add lily grass to the design.


To hide the last bits of foam, add a tuck of sphagnum around the base. The addition of a few wispy blades of lily grass brings visual connection from the parakeets to the protea unifying the design, top to bottom. Completed, this is a fabulous formal linear design that exhibits many of the elements and principles used by professional florists.

Now it's your turn, surround yourself with bold and sassy orange, let creativity bloom and dare to dream of spring. 

Thank you for sharing the joy of this lovely linear Tropical Orange design. If you would like to lean more, join us in the Classroom or Online and study the theories and techniques of design with the Floral Design Institute Instructors.

  • Fresh Flower Food Individual Pack 10 ounce tub
    Fresh Flower Food Individual Pack 10 ounce tub
  • Crowning Glory Individual Pack 32 ounce spray bottle
    Crowning Glory Individual Pack 32 ounce spray bottle
  • Quick Dip Individual Pack One Pint
    Quick Dip Individual Pack One Pint
  • Standard Floral Foam Pack of Four Bricks
    Standard Floral Foam Pack of Four Bricks
  • Waterproof Tape Single Roll 1/4 Inch Wide (Clear)
    Waterproof Tape Single Roll 1/4 Inch Wide (Clear)