Let's start at the Front Entrance where a busted blue and white Greek dinghy was our jumping off point. It's been a long time since the boat held water, in fact the bottom was mostly gone which was an advantage using it as a planter full of Lantana 'New Gold'. We planted edible rice behind it to evoke a marsh, and blue plumbago (Plumbago auriculata) and Evolvulus 'Blue Daze' to evoke water. The large elephant ears (Alocasia x calidora 'Persian Palm Maxi') where for a fun textural contrast.
In the Sensory Garden we had mixed results, mainly due to soils that tend to hold moisture and a summer of several wet periods. Our main floral components were to be Bidens 'Goldilocks Rocks', which didn't like the extra moistue, and Lantana 'Little Lucky Red' which did poorly everywhere it was planted, not just in this garden. The bananas, coleus, bamboo muhly (Muhlenbergia dumosa), red fountain grass, and purple hyacinth bean (Lablab purpureus) seemed to like the extra moisture.
On the same terrace under a large overhang, we kept a collection of potted tropicals and annuals. It is a good way of bringing things out of the nursery for our visitors to see, and the tropicals thrive in our summer heat and humidity.