Orchids are exotic, sophisticated and lush. The range in size, shape of blossom, color and growing preferences is huge. Orchid flowers may be as small as your little fingernail to as large as your outspread hand. Over 25,000 wild species have been discovered in 750 genera, says Gustave Schoser in his book "Orchid Growing Basics." While orchids may be exotic they're easy to find, sometimes even the floral department of your hometown grocers.
Choose a live orchid plant that is mostly in bud rather than in full flower. Include the orchid in its pot with other plants in a basket. Ferns, ivy and baby's tears are all good for indoor plant arrangements. Put a plastic liner in the basket to prevent damage to furniture. Put the plants in their pots in the basket. Cover with sphagnum moss. Orchids don't do well in regular potting soil. Their growing medium is bark which doesn't retain and hold water. If you put them in the soil with the rest of the plants their roots will suffocate.
Combine different orchids in the same basket but in contrasting or similar colors. A basket of white phalaenopsis orchids is restful and modern. Try combining different colors of cattleya orchids with their large blooms and frilly petals.
Set up an aquarium with a 3 inch layer of glass pebbles on the bottom. Keep the orchids in their plastic pots which probably have slits in the side. Put the plastic pots in decorative containers. A stunning look is achieved by using black pebbles and black ceramic pots with vividly colored orchids. Add an inch of water to the pebbles to increase the humidity in the aquarium. If you don't have an aquarium, do the same thing in a very tall glass vase.
Go for the Gold
Place three cymbidium orchid plants in gold ceramic pots on a gold tray. Cover the bottom of the tray with a layer of gold spray painted smooth rocks. Add five votive candles around the orchids but far enough away from them so there isn't a danger of fire. Place three wine glasses of different heights on the tray. You may have to nestle the bottoms of the glasses in the rocks so they stand straight. Float a single cymbidium orchid in each wine glass. If you change the water in the wine glasses every day this arrangement will last up to two weeks. Cut orchids are very long lasting.