1. Most orchids like bright, indirect light so pick other plants that like the same lighting conditions when choosing your filler plants.
2. When shopping for orchids, pay attention to the leaves. These should be a rich green and look very healthy.
3. Don’t worry about getting filler plants that need the same amount of water as orchids do. You will be keeping your orchids in their original container, so you can water them separately from your filler plants.
4. Never take blooming orchids out of their original containers. Once the blooms drop you can repot your orchids, but until then, don’t risk it.
5. Succulents make wonderful filler plants. Just break them up with at least one flowering plant and some vines. This will give you a variety of textures.
6. Your orchid leaves will drop, but don’t panic! Simply remove the orchids from the container and replace with a new blooming orchid or another statement flower. Repot your bloomless orchid and continue to water and give it light—it will bloom after being dormant for several months.
7. Orchids don’t like high heat, so they really do better inside rather than outside on your patio.