There are no better plants than palm trees when it comes to creating an attractive tropical landscaping. These beautiful, tall, leafy plants can turn your front yard into a paradise filled with striking focal points, cooling shade, and comforting privacy.
With so many different palm species, you can mix and match colors, sizes and shapes. If your lawn needs a new accent or you want to add an one-of-a-kind plant to impress the neighbors, consider using palms that bring some color to the landscape.
Creating a privacy barrier couldn’t be easier with palms like areca palm which has multiple trunks and broad palm leaves.
While multi-trunk palms are great for privacy, sometimes you need a tall palm tree for extra shade. Especially if you have a second-floor balcony that gets a lot of sun during the day.
Palms can also make an attractive addition to your forgotten flower bed and turn your flowers into the spectacular center piece.
You can use any type of palm to frame your entryway in a dramatic way. For united and sophisticated look frame the entrance to the gate, home or driveway with two parallel palms.
Use Palm Trees For Framing The Home or Entryway
Palms can add a formal or informal feel to your landscape design. The curving lines, asymmetrical arrangements, and blending of harmonious plants is the essence of informal garden.
On the other hand, symmetry, straight lines, and squared off hedges are more suited for formal use. Christmas, foxtail, royal, pygmy date, and queen palms, are the most popular palms used for framing of the house.
Here is a house with Pygmy date palms on both sides of the entrance. The uneven number of trees, makes the design less formal.
Boost your front garden with an assortment of palms. Large, small, clustered, or stand-alone — there are many choices. Palm trees add a great level of vertical interest with lots of depth and contrast to the landscape.
This front yard has a spectacular mixture of different palm trees. Two groupings of three foxtail palms by the front entrance highlight the formal design.
Another element that adds formality are the boxwood bushes that are planted in a symmetrical manner on both sides of the walkway.
This stunning estate would not look as grand without those queen palms on both sides of the fountain. This is a great example of how palms can help a feature to stand out without blocking the view from the windows.
These palms are also storm resistant and don’t require a lot of maintenance.
Create More Shade With Tall Palm Trees
Tall palm trees can add tropical fill as well as shade to the front yard without blocking the view from the windows.
Tall palms in the front yard, can add some necessary shade as well as a tropical feel.
Use Palm Trees To Soften Corners Of Buildings
A space only needs a couple of palms to achieve an instant landscaping. If the corners of your house’s exterior are looking a bit lonely, fill them with one or more palm trees.
It will soften the look and add the most personality to the yard, elevating it to another level.
Fill Empty Spaces With Small Palm Trees
Small palms are perfect for filling empty spaces. I see a lot of homeowners using palms to fill up that space between the entrance and the garage.
A couple of palm trees by the entrance of the modern house will bring fantastic color, texture and character to the otherwise blank canvas house.
Here is a wonderful combination of Christmas palms on one side and foxtail palms on the other side of the entrance. These palms add plenty of shade and elevate this yard to another level.
Create Focal Point With Palm Trees
Palms are great for creating a focal point in the front yard. You can use small palms and plant colorful flowers underneath to create a beautiful accent. For more dramatic effect, use taller palms as a single specimen or in a group setting.
This front yard uses a mixture of small palms to create a focal point and to bring a tropical less formal vibe to the landscape.
Mix Palms With Boxwood To Add Different Shapes
I absolutely love the combination of palms and boxwood. Palms give the landscape that tropical feel while boxwood creates a more formal look allowing gardeners to add different shapes to the landscape.
The house below, does it especially well. The colorful tropical plants complete the design, brining this front yard to the next level.
Both houses below use a group of two pygmy date palms as a front yard accent with nicely shaped boxwood in the background.
Mix Tropical Plants With Palms To Add Color and Texture
A landscape consisting of only palms can be beautiful, but palms combine well with other plants. While grove of kentia or coconut palms can be gorgeous, a mixed canopy of palms with other woody plants create a more natural display similar to the palm’s natural habitat.
Numerous herbaceous and woody plants add color and texture to the garden. While some of these plants are focal points, others serve as great fillers that complement palms they accompany.
As you can see, it’s easy to use palm trees to create a stunning front yard that has depth and visual interest. Palms can also enhance a landscape without being overwhelming or overly complicated.
No matter the style of palm tree you choose there are other plants that pair well with them to make amazing dynamic profiles.