Palms are considered by many, to be the backbone of any exotic garden, and as more varieties are finding their way into gardens all over the UK, protection is becoming more important - especially in colder areas. Some palms are fantastically hardy, for instance Trachycarpus fortunei and Trithinax campestris. Others are really showing great resistance to our winters, especially in the south and in urban areas (Phoenix canariensis and Butia capitata to name but two). If you love palms and wish to grow some of the less hardy varieties, then give them a bit of a hand through the worst of the weather by following the guidelines below.
As with many exotics, free-draining soil can be pivotal in cold resistance and frozen, claggy soil can be a nightmare for palms. Add grit, sand and compost to heavy soils or mound up an area and plant on top - which will help with drainage and give you more height for your money!