Tropical flowers do so well in our Arizona summer heat! Birds of Paradise Flowers, shown here, are fabulously long-lasting, as are protea of all kinds, and some orchids (like the cymbidium orchids shown below that have a waxy surface).
Did you know that one of the design principles with birds of paradise is to find the birds. The placement of the birds of paradise should give you the impression that it's the head of a bird and then you know you have the design right. And you can choose whether to have the birds facing outward looking to the world around them, or facing each other in creating an intimate space between them. Do you have a preference?