The Mexican Blue palm, Brahea armata, is, as the name suggests, native to Mexico.
It is an attractive though slow-growing palm with fan-shaped canopies of blueish-green leaves and tassel-like flowers.
It will grow well in well-drained alkaline soil in full sun, and is hardy enough to survive outdoors in a temperate climate.
However, young plants will need some protection over winter, and gardeners in chillier or wetter areas may wish to consider growing this palm in a container so it can be moved to a conservatory over the winter months.
The Mexican blue palm can be planted any time between May and September, and will flower over the summer months with its long panicles of vibrant yellow flowers, which are followed by yellowish-brown fruits.
This palm is hardy in the right spot (and with the right care) down to around -8°C.
The jelly palm is one of the hardiest feather palms available for UK gardeners.
These can be grown outside in a sunny spot in sheltered spaces, and are even suitable for growing on heavier clay soils which are not suitable for most other hardy palms.
It can tolerate light frosts and sometimes even survive temperatures down to around -10°C.
Native to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay, this attractive palm has graceful leaves which form a dense, full crown and create a gently weeping effect.
If you are trying to create an edible tropical style planting scheme then this is the best palm to opt for.
The orangey-yellow fruits which appear after the flower spikes are edible.
They are around the size of dates and have a sweet, pineapple-like or apricot-like flavour.
The dwarf fan palm can grow over six feet tall, forming dramatic clumps of fanned leaves.
One particular type to consider is the var. argentea variant, which grows in the Altas mountains of Morocco. It has blueish-silver leaves.
‘Vulcano’ is another good cultivar of this hardy palm to consider.
This is one other option to consider where there is a heavy clay soil, or where you are growing in partial shade.
This is also a good option for somewhat less sheltered locations, since it is rather wind resistant.
It can tolerate temperatures, when mature and in good health, of down to as low as -15°.
Small yellowy flowers are sometimes born on mature plants.
The Chilean wine palm is very slow-growing, but can eventually grow to around 5m in height in mild areas.
It is hardy, in a sunny, sheltered and protected site, with free-draining soil, to about -14°C.
But, it is intolerant of cold or windy locations.
This palm has a cracked greyish trunk that can resemble an elephant’s trunk, and large leaves made up of a number of small narrow leaflets in greenish-yellow to darker green shades.
Even in cooler areas where this palm can not be grown outdoors year-round, it can still be placed in a container to move into a conservatory or indoors over the winter months.
Purple and yellow flowers in summer are then followed by dull yellow, woody fruits.
Where the fruit forms, it can be candied, and the seeds have a pleasant nutty flavour when raw, though are typically only produced after as many as 60 years.
If you would like to see results more quickly then this is a faster-growing feather palm that could potentially grow well in the south in a sunnier and well-drained spot.
These can form stout trunks and spread out their leaves which can grow up to 5m in length.
It can cope with partial shade as long as it is growing in a well-drained, acidic or neutral loam.
In most UK gardens, it will need some form of protection, or must be moved indoors during the winter months.
Though in the right spot it can be hardy down to around -8°C, it can also be grown in a conservatory or in a bright room indoors all year round.
This palm is interesting for southern city gardens in a sheltered south or west facing position, where the heat island effect causes hot summer temperatures.
It does need summer sun to mature successfully, but interestingly, can also cope with winter lows of down to -15°C.
It grows very slowly, but can eventually form clumps of attractive leaves to 1m in height.
Even when the plant is killed to the ground in a particularly cold winter, it can still sometimes come back even from a hard freeze due to its suckering growth habit.
Even in areas where other hardy palms will not thrive, the Chusan palm can be a good option to consider.
It can be grown outdoors year-round across much of the UK, though its foliage may be damaged by strong winds in more cold and northerly, particularly exposed sites.
This palm can survive a lot.
It can be hardy down to -15°C, and can tolerate heavier soils, and even some shade.
But it will still do best in a sheltered post, facing south of west ideally.
This palm also grows a little more quickly than many of the other trees in this list.
In areas where the leaves of the Chusan palm may be damaged by strong wind exposure, this dwarf varietal may be a better option.
This is a closely related palm that looks alike and performs similarly.
But it has stiffer and thicker leaves which makes it a better choice for somewhat more exposed locations. Hardy to -15oc
The Caranday palm is another option which may work well in a somewhat windier spot.
It has blue-green leaves in fan shapes which can also be rather wind tolerant.
It is a palm that is rather easy to grow, though it should be noted that like some others on this list, it grows only slowly.
In the right setting, with sun and warmth, it can be hardy down to around -12°C in winter.
It can grow to an eventual height of around 5m.
This is the tallest and fastest growing palm on this list.
It should be noted however that its height and fast speed of growth means that it may not be the best choice for a smaller garden.
If you have a large garden, which is sheltered, out of strong winds, warm and largely frost-free, then this could be another choice to consider.
It is believed to tolerate some sub-freezing conditions, but is not generally hardy below around -5°C so wrap in fleece or hessian.
The Thread palm, Mexican fan palm, Mexican washingtonia , Skyduster palm is a tall, tender, fast-growing palm with a slender, tapering trunk and sharply-toothed leaf stalks bearing bright green, fan-shaped leaf blades. Dead leaves form a shaggy thatch around the trunk and panicles of pink, tubular flowers bloom in summer. Hardy to around -7oc. May need fleecing in harsh winters.