Maxillaria tenuifolia, better known as the Coconut Orchid for its amazing scent, is a great orchid for beginners. From Central and South America, this species grows in warm to cool temperatures and likes intermediate light. Although some sources say this species likes a winter rest, I have never given my big guy a rest, and he blooms reliably. In summer, provide ample water and watch this guy grow like a weed.
Flowers are dark brick red with gold spots, and the scent is amazing. You will be transported to the beach with the smell of coconut suntan oil. I love the form of this plant, too, with its oval pseudobulbs and long thin leaves. If you want a really unusual version of this classic species, check out the variegated version.
Blooming size plants potted in moss.