Grown throughout tropical South East Asia for the spectacular flowers and for food, the spectacular ginger torch is native to Malesia, a biogeographical region incorporating Indo-Malaysia and Australasia. Read More
The name is derived from the buds that grow at the end of tall, straight stalks that closely resemble a flaming torch. Torch ginger thrives in full to partial shade and, like most Etlingera, prefers disturbed areas, however, it can grow up to two meters in length. I have used artificial ginger torch in many tropical arrangements for both it’s height and magnificent colour.
The Heliconia Rostrata is also known as hanging lobster claw or the false bird of paradise. It is a perennial native to Peru, Columbia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Read More
These beautiful tropical blooms also now grow in Puerto Rico. This plant has downward-facing flowers that provide nectar to birds. Many species are now listed as either “vulnerable” or “data deficient” and are also on a red list of threatened species. Heliconia flowers from summer to autumn in well-drained but moist soil and bears a close resemblance to strelitzia hence the name false bird of paradise. I adore colourful tropical flowers so never hesitate to use artificial heliconia in my tropical flowers.
A native of central and South America, red anthuriums are a beautiful flower that can grow indoors or outdoors. Read More
They have an unbelievably distinct shape and are truly a remarkable sight of beauty although they are very sensitive to both humidity and temperature. Anthuriums grow in all kinds of light variations but grow best in bright indirect light requiring very little attention at around 20-22 degrees. Due to the bright red colour I prefer, many of my tropical arrangements use artificial anthuriums.