Most of the tropicals survived the winter very well. They were put inside (my house..eek) when a freeze threatened. It was worth it. They are off to a wonderful start. This is the potted tropicals on my back porch. Sagos do well in the ground and are fairly frost hardy. I grew the one in the pot so that it could be moved to where ever I needed an anchor or impact in the garden. It is getting fairly large, so I might move it into the ground soon. I love the angel wing begonia in the front with the dark purplish green leaves and the hanging blossoms. Begonias root well in water from cuttings.
This is what started out as my jazz garden. There was a trumpet fountain, but it died so was removed. All the broken pots end up in this garden. The shards provide interest and also keep the weeds down in areas where there are no plants. Also I can't bear to part with my beautiful pots that usually met their demise in wind storms or were dropped when moving them (by me).
Here is a close up of the small pond. If you enlarge it you can see the goldfish peeping out. It is the only survivor of ten. It's actually fairly large now and has survived two winters, snakes, frogs, cats and birds. Smart cookie.
This is a small tropical bed I planted on the corner. In the left hand corner you can see an heirloom plant blooming. It's called crinums. The canna is a tropicanna. In another month the bed will be covered with lime green and purple sweet potato vines.