Palm trees, like banana trees, give your garden that tropical look. Palm trees are segregated into two types depending on their leaf structure. The two types are palmate and pinnate, wherein the palmate type features leaves stretched out from a central point, as in the case of the fingers of a hand. The pinnate type, on the other hand, features separate leaflets that extend from the central stem’s side. Besides, the basic segregation depending on the leaf type, palms also differ in how cold hardy they are and how tall they grow. These garden trees once established, are relatively maintenance free and are not significantly bothered by insects and disease.
There are many different kinds of palm trees and most of them make a lovely addition to the garden. Why? The biggest advantage with growing palm trees is that they create dappled shade that many lovely flowers and other plants need to grow well. Palm trees grow tall and so they leave plenty of ‘mid-storey’ room in the garden for delightful shrubs such as camellias that need some protection from the sunlight. Palm garden trees can be grown in areas that have mild frosts, especially if you shelter them during their first winter.