For a group of plants that make you marvel in wonder, look no further than palms. With their varied palette of intriguing silhouettes, textures, sizes, heights and colours, palms just about have it all. Need proof? Take a look at this stunning ‘palmscape’ – all in one garden! Located in tropical Babinda, 60km south of Cairns, Queensland, this luscious landscape is the work of a keen gardener whose love for palms knows no bounds. Come for a wander through this unique garden and discover just how truly beautiful palms can be in your own backyard.
Allow yourself to be hypnotised by the green and lime-yellow marbled tessellations on Licuala mattanensis ‘Mapu’. It’s one of the most sought after palms and only reaches a maximum height of 1m.
Including a few exotic blooms adds a little sparkle among all the foliage. This Euphorbia species is native to Madagascar.
Check out this lady in red! The beautiful lipstick palm (Cyrtostachys renda) has slender clumping trunks topped with fine-leafed fronds. It grows to 6m and is only suitable for tropical climates.
This unusual cycad species (Cycas micholitzii) produces amazing golden flowers, also known as pollen cones.
The new leaves of Calyptrocalyx albertisianus unfold a beautiful cherry to maroon colour, which lasts for two weeks before morphing into deep green. It’s native to Papua New Guinea.
It’s hard to walk past the magnificent foliage of Marojejya darianii (what a tongue twister!). It is incredibly rare to find in cultivation, so enjoy it if you ever come across one. This specimen was grown from seed 10 years ago.
Bold foliage texture and colour creates its own drama. Try this mixture of palms, cycads and giant bromeliads.
Best suited to large gardensin tropical areas, Corypha umbraculifera is slow growing, but will eventually reach 30m tall. Its giant leaves and immense crown make it a fabulous specimen plant and, providing you have the space and a frost-free climate, will look great in your garden.