What I Bought
To the left is dracaena deremensis "limelight". I also got a soap aloe, cryptanthus bromeliad, tillandsia and a cordyline "dark star". The dracaena is one I already own, but love so much that I had to get another to put elsewhere in the house! The chartreuse leaves stay brighten any corner, thriving on neglect, and I water mine just once a week.
Both bromeliads, a tillandsia tenuifolia "blue" and a cryptanthus couldn't be more different, the former being entirely epiphytic and the latter being terrestrial. I've seen some pictures of the tillandsia's flowers and they are nothing short of amazing. I can't wait for a full grown clump!
Soap aloe, or aloe saponaria, is my favorite aloe and cold hardy to boot. They are pretty prolific, bordering on invasive, but I don't mind since the coral pink flowers and glossy spotted leaves more than make up for it.
These are all just containers on the balcony, but I do plan on putting these plants together, minus the aloe. I have a few other spiky cordylines that would look stunning emerging from the deep green liriope, all of them at different heights forming a miniature canopyscape.
The cordyline to the left in this photo already has a bit of a trunk! Maybe it would look nice grouped with the new cordyline in the liriope... maybe the "red planet" dyckia at the bottom would look good in the arrangement too!