Along with tropicals go a variety of water features, ponds, container fountains and even walls of water.
This is a wall of lighted water showers.
I am not sure where this dry ice effect is coming from!
Rex Begonias are old fashioned houseplants in my zone.
They do look beautiful in the outdoor landscape.
It does make sense that intense colors are back in the garden palette if tropicals are being used in just about every area.
Lots of Scheffleras to give height, Crotons and Algerian Ivy
Be careful how you combine your tropicals, some love full sun like the Crotons, sun coleus and ivy will work, but the Schefflera may burn.
Calla Lily, Rieger Begonias and Tulip and muscari, not plants that bloom at the same time, but I think you get the idea. Use unusual combinations and create height. Rieger Begonias will sun scorch.
Kale with Algerian Ivy
I use this ivy each year, when I can find it, beautiful all summer long. It is expensive and also comes in a not as interesting solid green.
I grew Crotons and some succulents in my south side containers. They require at least fifty degrees at night to survive and thrive. They did hold up in the heat and I have wintered them over inside my house. Tropicals are expensive but with more popularity they may come down in price for the consumer market.
Dracena, Mums, Rieger Begonia and Croton
Do you recognize that spiller houseplant?
Succulents, Heuchera, Kale and Tulips
This would work if you stuck in a pot of later blooming tulips.
What I did notice is that the majority of containers used for the show had a lot of height and not width, closer to eye level so you did not have to look down to observe the plantings.
Succulents were used extensively in the window boxes on display. This is a good idea since it is difficult to keep the windows boxes and hanging baskets irrigated during the summer heat.
Tropicals in outdoor window boxes
Bromeliads in garden beds
Succulents in garden beds
A Potting Party for charity with a variety of tropicals
Well, I think we get the message that what was inside will be outside this season, but the garden show is always state of the art in trends. It doesn't mean we have to fill our gardens with tropical plants but it is kind of fun to try out a few of them, especially if we have the heat of last summer.
Take an idea and have fun!