Golden canes - Chrysalidocarpus lutescens - are a mainstay of our garden - along the back fence, around the pool and scattered throughout the garden,
plus a row to create a windbreak or screen near the back of the house. They get frostburn in winter but we just cut those fronds off and they power ahead as soon as the weather warms up.
We planted a stand of 6 Majestics on the opposite side of the garden so we could grow shade-loving gingers beneath them. They eventually grow huge so need to be given plenty of space. These are about 3 ½ years old.That gave a framework for the garden, so we began to plant other species to give variety and (to be honest) because we'd fall in love with them at the nursery and have to take them home with us.
Triangle palms - Neodypsis decaryi - grow quite large and deserve to be a feature palm.
Bismark palm -- Bismarkia nobilis. This is definitely a feature palm.
Redneck -- Neodypsis lastelliana - known for its red crownshaft
Red Latin -- Latania lontaroidesI planted it to be a feature palm because of the wonderful red-tinged fronds but it’s been a bit slow getting established.
Macarthur Palm -- Ptychosperma macarthurii.A great clumping palm particularly in a sheltered spot with shade or semi-shade. I’d like more of them. The books say they need shade when young but will take full sun as they mature. I'm yet to try that out.
Clumping fishtail - Caryota mitisThis guy is just on three years old. We have others that haven’t grown so quickly. It obviously loves this spot near the pool.
Hawaiian Fan palm - Pritchardia pacificaWhen it was young (first two years) the frost knocked it about and burnt the leaves Last year I experimented with “DroughtGuard” which can also be used to protest plants from frost. Not sure if it just toughen up with age or it was the protection from the Droughtguard but last year the frost didn’t hurt it. I'm hoping it survive winter this year as well. I've added a couple more in more sheltered spots to see how they'll go.
Bottle palm -- Hyophorbe lagenicaulisNot really a happy camper at all. It suffers with the cold every year. The "books" say they are tolerant to light frost and I've seen photos of them growing happily in Sydney gardens but mine seem to hate winter. Each summer it grows beautiful new fronds and has them burnt ever winter when there’s frost. I sprayed this guy with the Droughtguard and it burnt just the same as previous years.
Each year I try to limit myself to added two or three new palms. I have a list a mile long of ones I'd like but the sensible me knows they have to suit our climate and conditions. There are so many beautiful palms and only limited space in the garden.
Lipstick palm - Cyrtostachys renda
This is not one of ours. It's in a garden in Cairns. They will only grow in the tropics, but it is the most spectacular palm I've seen. When I lived in Cairns I has one and it was my pride and joy. I know it would never survive it's first winter here, but I would love to try to grow one. Does that make me an addict?