Palms provide a strong, natural focal points in a garden and, as hardy evergreens, add year-round interest and a touch of the exotic. This book explains how to make the most of the variations they offer in foliage colour, shape and texture and how to use this to create successful borders and garden designs. Covering mixed plantings, hard landscaping and the use of tubs, planters and other containers, it reveals how to display palms and palm-like plants to dramatic effect. - Hardy palms increasingly available around the world in a wide choice of varieties. - Over 100 of the most readily available species are listed in an extensive directory. - Hardiness ratings and individual growing requirements for each plant. - Full descriptions of flowers, fruits and leaves help you choose the plants. * Also includes essential advice on planting, maintenance and propagation. * Top author: Martyn Graham has spent his life in contract gardening and has been growing palms and other exotic plants for the last 10 years. His interest in palms has taken him around the world and seen his work published in various magazines, including the European Palm Journal.