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35 Palm Tree Garden Ideas
The sight of palm trees conjures up images of a warm, breezy, tropical climate. If you think that palms can only be enjoyed in coastal areas, you're mistaken. You can actually enjoy palm trees in an abundance of climates. There are many varieties of palm trees available on the market that you can plant right where you're at.
Palm trees either have feather-shaped or fan-shaped fronds, giving each one its own unique aesthetic. Regardless of where you live, these iconic trees will make your landscape be the envy of your neighbors. Be bold and spruce up your outdoor space by planting a palm tree!
Get inspired by checking out these 35 incredible palm tree garden ideas!
1. Poolside Paradise
Surround your pool area with the addition of palm trees. Line them evenly outside of your pool fence to create a barrier around the pool and patio. The canopies of the palm trees add a bit of shade to the area, too.
2. Garden Interest
Layering your plants is an excellent way to add color, dimension, and texture to your garden landscape. Flowering plants mixed with woodier plants provide a nice contrast.
3. Sentinal Palm
Even if you're not crazy about having a garden landscape full of various plants, you can create a beautiful space. Mingling large palms around the yard provides the space with a lot of depth, complementing the architecture of your home.
One key thing to remember is to make sure to you give your palm trees enough space to grow. If they don't have enough room to spread and root, they'll get suffocated and their growth will suffer. You won't want to choke out other smaller companion plants either! So, when you're planting, think about the size it will become rather than the size it is now.
5. Pool Edger
Although palm trees don't serve as a focal point in this garden landscape, they certainly increase the aesthetic and play a role in the overall landscape. Since this backyard is all about the tropics, it wouldn't be complete without palm trees.
6. Sloped Garden
Do you feel like you have a difficult backyard to landscape? No need to fret. Even in a backyard that's full of slopes, you can make the space look beautiful and full of life. There are plenty of plant varieties that grow well on slopes, as long as the drainage system works in their favor. Use palm trees to add vertical height.
7. Lined Walkway
Further create a lush, tropical paradise by planting a collection of palms along a walkway. However, take care to avoid planting your palms too close to the walkway. Although it would take a lot for the roots to disrupt a walkway, it's a safe bet to keep the plants a healthy distance away.
8. Potted Palm
Planting palm trees in large pots is a great way to control the growth and spread of the plant while also savoring its aesthetic. If you're wanting potted palms, make sure you pick a variety that thrives in that type of environment. Slow-growing and low-growing varieties typically do the best in containers.
9. Raised Garden
Don't neglect your raised gardens! Plant more than low-level plants in your garden beds: branch out and change up the style of the classic raised bed garden. Having a row of palm trees in this space creates an intriguing design that everyone will appreciate.
10. Front Garden
Don your front garden with an assortment of palms. Large, small, clustered, or stand-alone — the choice is yours. Palm trees add a great level of vertical interest with lots of depth and contrast to the landscape.
11. Variety Of Palms
Use a variety of palm trees to create a gorgeous variety of intriguing aesthetic. It will add instant character to your garden full of texture and shape. Use your imagination and creativity when designing your landscape. Above all else, make it a space that you love.
12. Weather The Storms
Plant your palm trees in clusters to give your landscape a nice assortment. As a bonus, palm trees have the ability to withstand heavy gusts of wind, meaning they'll be in your landscape for many years to come.
13. Perfectly Spaced
These perfectly spaced palm trees give off a look of elegance and precision. It's a very orderly, neat design that keeps things in place. Foster a look of symmetry by placing the trees in even lines like this one. Depending on the landscape, you could also create multiple rows.
14. Playful Shade
Something you may not have thought about when you initially planted your palm tree is the way it casts its shadows. The playful shadows that are cast are a welcome attribute of the trees.
15. Framed Entryway
Frame the entryway of your house with the use of long, spindly palm trees. These types of trees are reminiscent of the kinds you'd doodle on paper — whimsical and dreamy. Give your house a fun flair by placing these palm sat your entryway.
16. Royal Palms
Royal palms are a fun, frilly-looking variety of palm trees. Amazingly, these trees can grow up to 80 feet in height and can spread out to 25 feet. With that in mind, plant them in a spot where they won't hinder your view or block other essential structures. It's a regal name for a regal palm.
17. Luscious Canopies
Create a lush, overhead canopy when you plant a large multitude of palms. The canopies provide nice, filtered light to stop the sun rays from being too harsh. The canopies also protect the lower, ground-level plants from severe weather and climate conditions.
Are you curious about how long palm trees live? Check out this post for more information: How Long Do Palm Trees Live? [And how to tell their age].
18. Front Garden Landscape
Design an entrance walkway that won't soon be forgotten. The mixture of man-made structures and natural shapes combines to form a gorgeous space. The concrete walkway has multiple tiers and leads you through a neatly-crafted tunnel of foliage bordered with majestic palms.
19. Spark Of Color
Against an all-white and glass house, vibrant green plants stand out wonderfully. The green plants bring fantastic color, texture, and character to the otherwise blank canvas house. Plant a palm tree right next to the double-door entrance.
20. Slice Of Paradise
When you're lounging at the pool, you're likely thinking of a tropical atmosphere. Using small planters filled with dwarf palm varieties does a great job of promoting this atmosphere and feeling associated with it. Use one type of palm or switch it up with a few different ones.
21. Spotlight Palm
Show off your palm tree at night with the help of a spotlight. Having warm glowing lights strategically placed around your garden is an excellent way to illuminate various landscape features. It will also create a perfect environment for lounging outside and enjoying the weather.
22. Coastal Landscape
In a coastal landscape, there are all kinds of succulents, shrubs, low-lying groundcover plants, and tropical trees. All the plants appear dense and moisture-loving. These plants provide deep enrichment to the landscape. Palm trees are always a welcome addition to the coastal landscape.
23. Unique Yard Accent
Give your yard a unique accent with the addition of a dwarf palm variety. These little guys, though small, are mighty in any landscape. They're typically slow growers, but easy to care for.
Have you ever wondered how fast palm trees grow? Read this guide for the answer: How Fast Do Palm Trees Grow?
24. Date Palm
Date palms, though they do produce the date fruit, are also a lovely palm for any landscape. Their thick trunks have diamond-shaped patterns, providing a fun natural pattern. Its long fronds are frilly and whimsical.
25. Palm Wall
Form a lush barrier between you and your neighbor by planting a wall of palms. You can get extra privacy, provide more separation, and/or hide an unsightly fence. Think of the height you wish the wall to be and plant palms according to that height. Don't pick a super tall variety if you want an average-height privacy barrier.
26. Tucked Away
If the corners of your house's exterior are looking a bit lonely, fill them with one or more palm trees. These plants fill the space with much-appreciated color, texture, and warmth.
27. Palm Collection
You don't have to spend a lot of money on your landscape to create an unforgettable space that you love. The great thing about planting trees is that you don't have to purchase and plant them all at one time. Take your time in bringing in new trees if you have to.
Curious about how much palm trees cost? Read this guide to learn more: How Much Do Palm Trees Cost?
28. Dwarf Palms
If adding a whole lot of height to your landscape isn't a top priority, consider using a variety of dwarf palms.
29. Desert Landscape
Although you may have originally thought that palm trees only belong in the tropics, they can also thrive in desert climates. Sun in the desert strikes different than the sun along the coast. That being said, make sure you take sun intensity into consideration for picking the right type of palm tree.
30. Coastal Vibes
Having palms of varying sizes is a great way to add dimension to your landscape. Change up the scenery with palms of different thicknesses.
31. Voluminous Fronds
The voluminous fronds of date palm varieties are certainly show-stoppers. The landscape won't be lacking in anything when these trees are present.
This home has both foreground and background interest. Enjoy your gorgeous mountain views through the filter of tall, swaying palm trees. The tropical appearance of the palms stands out against the mountainous backdrop, adding warmth to the snow-capped peaks.
33. Modern Class
Soften the straight lines and shapes of a modern home by using palm trees in the landscape. The texture of the trunk and the fanciful shapes of the palm fronds add the beautiful, perfect contrast. Not to mention the soothing swishing sounds the fronds will make in the wind as you lounge by the pool.
34. Cool Blue Hues
Having a wide variety of plants in your landscape and around your pool ensures a constant visually appealing space. Pull out the cool blue hues of some palm varieties in your landscape design. The blue waters complement the fronds well.
35. Palm Focal Point
This landscape features a big beautiful palm as the focal point. Such a large, gorgeous palm adds depth to the yard along with strong coastal vibes.