Here is a stunning arrangement that is ideal for a tropical climate, and meets the moment for any truly special occasion. Ten purple phalaenopsis orchids rise majestically from a veritable garden of succulents and manzanita branches. This gorgeous array of complementing plants are nestled in a low profile, smooth, white ceramic vase that lets the plants be the star of the show. This brilliant array of flora is a study in contrast. Plump, glossy, low-growing succulents provide the base layer, giving way to the organically sculptured manzanita branches that add visual appeal to the center section of this simple yet highly styled arrangement.¬†The textures of the succulents and the manzanita are combined in the orchids themselves--long coarse stems mix in with the branches, topped by the soft, glorious and lush petals--shades of purple, from pale violet to deep magenta, leading to a snow-white center--aligned along the gracefully arching stems. ¬†This arrangement is striking in its symmetry and simplicity. At first glance, the combination of orchids, known for their diva-like tendencies, and hardy succulents that will grow anywhere, seems odd. Phalaenopsis orchids are easy to care for and require a similar environment, watering routine, and soil composition as the succulentsOrchids are coveted worldwide and have a long and fascinating ¬†history, In China, they are symbols of elegance and integrity. The Aztecs mixed vanilla--a type of . orchid--with coca to make an elixir that was thought to bring on power and strength. Color also matters when you are giving orchids; purple phalaenopsis ¬†signify royalty and when given, are a sign of deep respect and admiration.¬†No matter the reason, this extravagant and opulent arrangement of phalaenopsis orchids will delight the recipient.