25 Front Yard Palm Tree Landscape Designs (with Pictures)

Christmas palms (Veitchia Merrillii) by the entrance create an instant landscaping and add some shade.

There are no better plants than palm trees when it comes to creating attractive tropical landscaping. These beautiful, tall, leafy plants can transform your front yard into a paradise filled with striking focal points, cooling shade, and comforting privacy.

With so many different palm species available, you can mix and match colors, sizes, and shapes. If your lawn needs a new accent, or you want to impress the neighbors with a one-of-a-kind plant, consider using palms that bring some color to the landscape.

Creating a privacy barrier couldn’t be easier with palms like the 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 to provide extra shade, especially if you have a second-floor balcony that receives a lot of sunlight during the day.

Palms can also make an attractive addition to your forgotten flower bed and turn your flowers into the spectacular centerpiece.

You can use any type of palm to frame your entryway in a dramatic way. For a 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 are 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 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.

Groups of Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) on both sides of the entrance.

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.

Different types of date palms used to create a focal point, fill up an empty space and to add some shade to the front yard.
Two Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) on both sides of the entrance add an interest and create a formal look.

This front yard features a spectacular mixture of different palm trees. Two groupings of three foxtail palms by the front entrance accentuate the formal design.

Another element contributing to the formality is the symmetrical arrangement of boxwood bushes on both sides of the walkway.

Foxtail palms (Wodyetia bifurcata) used to frame the entrance to the house. Medium size bismarck palm in the corner of the front yard, adds an interest and provides shade.

This stunning estate wouldn’t look as grand without the queen palms on both sides of the fountain. It’s a great example of how palms can enhance a feature’s prominence without obstructing the view from the windows.

These palms are also storm-resistant and low-maintenance.

Four Queen palms (Syagrus romanzoffiana) planted around the fountain.

Create More Shade With Tall Palm Trees

Tall palm trees can provide both a tropical atmosphere and shade to the front yard without blocking the view from the windows.

A few tall Foxtail palms (Wodyetia bifurcata) by the windows provide needed shade without blocking the view.

Tall palms in the front yard can add some necessary shade as well as a tropical feel.

Different types of tall palms, varying in size, can be used to create shade near the entrance and along the driveway.
This group of Foxtail palms (Wodyetia bifurcata) adds plenty of shade by the front door while creating a dramatic focal point.

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 appear a bit bare, consider filling them with one or more palm trees.

This will soften the look and add personality to your yard, elevating it to another level.

A few Queen palms (Syagrus romanzoffiana) on the corner of the building.
A group of small Christmas palms (Veitchia Merrillii) by the garage is a great addition to the landscape.

Fill Empty Spaces with Small Palm Trees

Small palms are ideal for filling empty spaces. Many homeowners use palms to bridge the gap between the entrance and the garage.

Group of Christmas palms (Veitchia Merrillii) fill the space with much-appreciated color, texture, and warmth.
Here is another house with a medium size Caranday palm, also known as Wax palm, between the entrance and the garage.

Planting a couple of palm trees by the entrance of a modern house can introduce fantastic color, texture, and character to an otherwise blank canvas-like house.

Couple of small Christmas palms (Veitchia Merrillii) planted in the raised planter by the entrance of the modern home.

Consider this beautiful combination of Christmas palms on one side and foxtail palms on the other side of the entrance. These palms provide ample shade and elevate the yard to a higher level.

Foxtail palms (Wodyetia bifurcata) on the right and Christmas palms (Veitchia Merrillii) on the left.

Create a Focal Point with Palm Trees

Palms are excellent for establishing a focal point in the front yard. You can use small palms and plant colorful flowers underneath to create a beautiful accent. For a more dramatic effect, consider using taller palms either as single specimens or in a group setting.

Pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) in the front yard creates a focal point.
Here is group of three Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) situated as a central focus of a flower bed. It makes a marvelous focus for the front yard drawing lots of attention.

In this front yard, a mixture of small palms is used to create a focal point and infuse a tropical, less formal vibe into the landscape.

It has a group of Christmas palms (Veitchia Merrillii) in the middle, with Majesty palm as an accent on the right and a group of Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) by the entrance on the left.

Mix Palms with Boxwood to Introduce Different Shapes

I absolutely love the combination of palms and boxwood. Palms give the landscape a tropical feel, while boxwood creates a more formal look, allowing gardeners to incorporate various shapes into the landscape.

The house below exemplifies this combination exceptionally well. The colorful tropical plants complete the design, taking this front yard to the next level.

Group of Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) on the left and group of two Queen palms (Syagrus romanzoffiana) on right by the entrance.

Both houses below use a pair of pygmy date palms as a front yard accent, with nicely shaped boxwood in the background.

Two Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) in the front yard.
Combination of two Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) and boxwood in the front yard landscape.

Mix Tropical Plants with Palms to Add Color and Texture

While a landscape consisting solely of palms can be beautiful, palms also blend well with other plants.

A grove of kentia or coconut palms can be stunning; however, a mixed canopy of palms with other woody plants creates a more natural display reminiscent of the palm’s natural habitat.

Numerous herbaceous and woody plants contribute color and texture to the garden. While some of these plants serve as focal points, others work as excellent fillers that complement the palms they accompany.

Front yard design with combination of boxwood, Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) and tropical plants.
A front walkway to the entrance lined with boxwood, tropical plants and p Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii).
Interesting combination of two Foxtail palms (Wodyetia bifurcata), tropical plants and boxwood by the front entrance.
Two Pygmy date palms (Phoenix roebelenii) combined with colorful tropical plants.

As you can see, it’s easy to use palm trees to create a stunning front yard with depth and visual interest. Palms can enhance a landscape without becoming overwhelming or overly complicated.

No matter the style of palm tree you choose, there are other plants that pair well with them to create amazing dynamic profiles.

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