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    Just wondering if anyone on here has a palm garden at there house?

    I am planting out 50 metres of frontage by 4 meters approx wide.

    Palms include 2 red lanten 1 Bizmark as the central feature, 2 golden cane, 2 bottle palms, and 2 ponytail palms.

    I am trying to get the spacing right not to close not to far apart, the Bizmark will have fronds/leafs 2 meters in diameter when mature around 5 years.

    Planning is Red lanten ...gap... golden cane ...gap... Bizmark ... gap.. Golden cane... gap... Red lanten. In a row. In the gap set back out of the line is bottle palm, then pony tail, then pony tail, then bottle palm.

    Just trying to get ideas on planting structure.
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    I have a lot of palms in my garden, not sure what type... but they are messy and will be getting pulled down asap! lol

    Not really what you were after.. but they are painful tree's!

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    I attached pics of the type of palm trees I have.
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    I think I have some sort of date palm... like 6 or 7 of them spread out across the front yard. I like the second palm in your pictures.. its nice!

    We will soon be re-doing our front yard as we are replacing the fence and shifting driveways, but I am thinking native plant's to attract the birds!

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    There's a whopping great big palm nusery called "the palms of cavan" on Port Wakefield road, Cavan, SA. But they don't have a website. You can get a bit of an idea using google street view but no clue which palm is what from that.

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    You could always throw some lipstick/red sealing wax palms in for some colour the ponytail can be size restricted by bordering the base, we use to have golden alternated with lipstick palms used as screening plants and they were planted 1 meter apart so I would think it just depends on the look you are going for. Try having a look around at other gardens local to you so that you can see what size they will grow in your local area would be the best idea and also be aware that some palms are very cold sensitive (temps around 10 degrees if not protected one exposure can kill them), I know that even when we were living in Darwin where it is more suited to most palms then sub tropics the palms did not always end up growing any where near the max hight the nursery/suppliers had said even with the correct care, position, soil etc.
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    Cheers kdee, do those lipstick palms shoot out runners? or are they clumping palms like the golden cane?

    My intent is to have a feature palm frontage, then when they mature and create a canopy of sorts I will stuff in a heap of standard bird of paradise native / wild ginger and taro plants throughout them, joining them up in one massive garden bed. that would be quite a few years away from planting though, all these palms I have are just babies atm 1-1/2 foot high at the most, except the golden cane which is around 2-3 ft high, but they are all relativly quick to mature.
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    Beau the lipstick is a clumping and very similar to the Golden cane, it's a really stunning palm with hot pink canes aging to a grey colour, they are slow growing but worth the wait and if you protect them with the golden cane or a canopy plant they do really well and are considered by some as one of the most beautiful and exotic palms in the world. There is another palm that will do better in the sub tropics it is a Areca vestiaria (spelling?) I think the common name is an orange crown something or other lol, there are some fantastic ginger plants around they have to be one of my fave plants not sure how they go in Brissy but the travellers palm can be a great stand out in a palm garden as well if planted as a background plant to top frame the garden and a if you get the spacing wrong with the golden's you can always infill with a parlour palm as it will blend well and be sheltered by the golden, the other thing I have always done is bought as close to where I was living as possible, a great source for me was garage sales and demolitions of houses and block clearing for larger plants and if it was a demolition of a house I have never been asked to pay for a plant I know they are normally bull dozer'd but I do leave a few dollars or a six pack just as a thank you
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    Your plan is what i'd do. just get that Bismark on the 25 meter mark and bottles in from edge about 3.5 metres and then everything evenly between each other . Dont plant anything till all sorted out and your happy. The Pony, bottle, row will be the lowest row so work out if you want that front or back.
    If you get 'holes', more goldens can be used later as fill ins but they are the most maintenance compared to the others. The base of the pony's will swell alot so keep away from the edging.

    I spent most of my working life landscaping but i'm not doing it at the moment, taking a nice little break from the hard yakka and enjoying it. It always amazes me that some people dont like Palms. I love em and have heaps at home. Nothing spells 'tropical' like a palm. We have the perfect environment to grow em here so i make the most of it.
    Dont go crazy with fertilisers and maybe raise the beds a little if possible. Make a 'well' around each plant and water in well, get out any air pockets. Should look good mate.
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    Great idea Beau....

    Many moons ago I bought a gently sloping half acre to build a house, was part of old dairy farm that got subdivided.


    Bottom 1/3 was planted out with masses of bangs, alex, majestics, kentias port wine, caryotas etc....I planted in a fairly random patterns, each spacing allowing for mature foliage to blend later on.

    Used tube stock up to max 140mm stock. Meant much cheaper plants, adapted faster and used less water to get established.

    It was a grassed paddock surrounded by more paddocks, no trees or protection from the elements. Each plant had a generous amount of manures and compost dug into a shallow dish/hole. Then 3 steaks and hessian around to reduce wind/sunburn.

    The idea was to create a canopy, then plant with treeferns (cyathias and d i c k sonias), crows nests, etc.

    Had stacks of large rocks, some flat shaped, so created a dry creek bed that stepped down and meandered through it, when it rains it actually looks like a creek that's been there since time began..

    I would allow fronds to stay where they fell, just snipped them up with secateurs. It created it's own natural mulch.

    That was in 1992.......

    Today it is a place of magic, huge palms, beautiful tree ferns, cycads, crowsnest etc, even scrub turkeys have moved in.

    The palms and ferns have self seeded/spored and new plants are forever springing up to help create that lower density feel.


    Oh btw....Planted some bottle palms, but being on a slope and bases so narrow, they would get washed out easily around the roots, a few tipped over in winds.


    Nuff rambling....

    PS....Also planted a couple castinosperumum's (sp), Black Beans, but they rocketed and became monsters very quickly....Bad bad idea...
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