Used to the point of cliche in foundation plantings, Kurume Azaleas are low maintenance evergreen shrubs that really shine in spring, when they turn the color of cotton candy and light up forgotten corners of the garden. I used to think that they were boring, but that was when my plants didn't have any shade, dried out too much and the soil was too alkaline for its preferences. Once I applied some coffee grounds at the bases and planted a bottlebrush to help shade them from the summer sun, they've slowly become more established and have thanked me with lusher growth and more blooms! I also tip prune after blooming and in summer to promote denser growth, and therefore denser blooms!
Obviously these are great as foundation plantings, but I would recommend using them as massed groundcovers or even as freestanding specimens. I have seen some gorgeous bonsai'd specimens, and the compact growth habit makes for an easy bonsai. I will be pruning them in the Mai Dat style which is common in traditional Thai Gardens, and pruning them into separate tiered canopies that will seem to float in space. In the photos you'll find clusters of flowers high above the bush, and those will be pruned into compact horizontal mounds. This look is also great for gardens in the Chinese style, where this pruning method was made popular, and also in a Japanese garden where it would look lovely beside raked gravel and a Japanese maple.
Kurume Azaleas prefer a rich and acidic soil with added organic content, however they are adaptable and can handle the sandy soils of Florida. Although they don't like wet feet, they usually survive to tell the tale... if they could talk that is. Partial shade is pest for these bushes. In too much sun they tend to get scorched and in full shade they are lanky and bloom less, but its not a freaking exact science and they can handle what you throw at it as long as there's enough time for it to acclimate to its situation.
You don't need exotic plants to create an exotic look! Just find hardy species and hybrids that support your theme, and let the design do the talking.