A dreary, rainy day is perfect for planning and I have palm trees on my mind!   Palm trees add a tropical, take-me-away feeling to any landscape.    Here are a few great ways to use them in your garden or landscape project:

Plant for space definition:  Use in rows to line something or define boundaries

img_6926These Queen or Cocus Palms line the circular drive giving it definition.

img_6927These three royal palms define the side boundary of this front yard.

Use palms as a filler:


This pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebellinii) is a beautiful filler for this planting  bed.   Its spreading fronds fill the space in and easy-care way.

Plant a large specimen palm alone as a FOCAL POINT:


Actually a palm doesn’t have to  be large to be a specimen.  This small pindo  is definitely an attention grabber!   The drop-dead gorgeous pot helps too.

Combine different heights, leaf shapes, and leaf colors.


I find this very attractive but think it would really grab me if there was a little more variety in the frond shapes.


RULE OF THUMB:   Mix tall feather palms with short fan palms.   Mix tall fan palms with short feather palms.

Plant them in groups for shade: 

palm shade

For added drama, put some light on them when the sun goes down! 


These uplights and spotlights are good for both safety and beauty.

Just looking through palm pictures has me dreaming of hot tropical weather and wondering where I can create a little tropical oasis of my own.