conjures up images of warm, tropical days better than
palm trees and there are so many excellent varieties
from which to choose, you too can have a lovely lush
palm garden no matter where you live.
Palms for the coast
Palms are often associated with coastal landscapes,
but there are some which tolerate coastal, windy conditions
better than others. Our three favourite palms for exposed
maritime positions are:
1. The Triangle palm (Neodypsis
decaryi), an elegant, greyish-green fronded palm
characterised by its trunk which forms a distinctive,
three-cornered or triangular shape.
2. The Spindle palm (Hyophorbe
verschaffeltii), a single-stemmed palm whose trunk
bulges in the middle and is prominently ringed.
3. The Bottle Palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis),
named for its bottle-shaped trunk, is a handsome and
hardy ornamental palm.
three palms will flourish in any garden if they are
planted in a sunny position and the soil is prepared
with Searles Real Compost. A monthly application of
Searles Palm Food will keep them growing strong and
Young plants should be watered well and mulched to conserve
the moisture but once established, these palms require
minimal watering and little maintenance.
for shady areas
When we think of palms we usually think of them growing
in sunny, tropical situations but did you know there
are some beautiful palms which flourish in shade? Here
are our three favourite palms which grow really well
in such situations:
1. The Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana),
originally from Lord Howe Island, this is one of the
world's most popular palms.
2. The Cascade palm (Chamaedorea
cataractarum) is tolerant of low light and therefore
makes an excellent understorey palm.
3. The Raphis palm (Rhapis excelsa),
a clumping variety which is also known as lady palm
for its slender, delicate and attractive appearance.
These palms thrive in those areas of the garden which
are shaded by buildings, large trees and slopes, but
will also tolerate between two and three hours of direct
sunlight per day. These varieties tend not to grow as
big or as quick as their sunny counterparts and therefore
you will only need to fertilise approximately once every
eight weeks with Searles Palm Food.
Again, an important feature of these palms is that they
do not require a lot of water and they are low maintenance.
Remember, all palms are shallow-rooted and mulching
will make the difference between good plants and great
Happy Gardening with Searles from the Searle
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